NOT ALONE: Sam Bouzanquet from Noosa State High School has started a LGBTI group at school.
NOT ALONE: Sam Bouzanquet from Noosa State High School has started a LGBTI group at school. Warren Lynam

Pride in support meeting at Noosa High

THE Noosa State High first school meeting for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex students is a dream fulfilled for Courtney Robinson.

Courtney, 15, tried to initiate a Gay Pride Day at the school last year with no success.

"I approached the leadership committee to start a LGBTI group, but it didn't get much

support."

Then Sam Bouzanquet, 14, joined the school and the two were introduced.

They shared their plans for a Wednesday meeting at the school assembly on Monday morning and received a warm reception.

Courtney didn't want anyone to feel alone.

"I knew I wasn't straight when I was 11, I knew my whole life, but there wasn't a term for it," she said.

"I came out in Grade 10 as bi (sexual) and have been advocating for other LGBTI

people."

She realised how many youths felt "really isolated and scared and alone".

"We created this group to help people know they are not alone," she said.

Sam also knew he was gay for several years, but only "came out" last year.

"No one else came out. Then when I came to this school I thought there would be a group for LGBTI to meet up and network," he said.

"There wasn't, so I went to the teacher and asked and she introduced me to Courtney."

Noosa State High principal Chris Roff said the school was "very supportive of the students and the meeting that is being held once a week".

"The school is founded around the concept of diversity, it is part of our motto to support students wherever we can."

Education Queensland did not respond to questions by deadline.


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