Jul 20, 2016 12:17PM

Troye Sivan's Cool Mum Is Petitioning To Save Safe Schools Program

Not a regular mum.

Turns out little legend Troye Sivan's mum is also a big legend. Laurelle Mellet has started a Change.org petition campaigning for the preservation of the Safe Schools program. You know that one that works to implement anti-LGBTQI bullying programs and create an inclusive environment for all students? Aka the program that's considered wildly controversial by a bunch of Coalition MPs.

This state of politics has recently seen some schools elect to remove themselves from the program's official website after receiving hate calls and harassment from right wing idiots. FFS, Australia.

So big ups to Laurelle for providing us with a little ray of hope by speaking out against this madness. Her petition reads:

"My son Troye Sivan told us he was gay at 14. It made me nervous — I'd heard horrific stories of homophobic bullying and kids being suicidal at school. What's worse is our education system won't fight it — Malcolm Turnbull hasn't renewed Safe Schools funding.

Gay teens are 14 times more likely to kill themselves in Australia. Despite this, most schools won't opt in to the program unless it's made compulsory — it's frightening.

Troye was was terrified but needn't have been — his coming out video went viral and we couldn't be prouder of him. But Troye was lucky. Thousands of gay teens battle aggressive intimidation, exclusion and even attempts of suicide.

To exclude anti-LGBTQI bullying programs from schools is beyond cruel. I'd like to think all parents would fight for a system that makes their child feel safe, not worthless.

Please sign and share my petition for the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Education Minister Simon Birmingham to extend the funding for Safe Schools and make it compulsory for all schools to have the revised program."

This very worthy cause has amassed over 4,000 signatures overnight, and is only 792 legends away from its goal of 5,000. You know what to do.

Photo: Change.org

Lucy Jones