Co-founder of the ‘Safe Schools Coalition‘ Roz Ward has stepped down from her LGBTQIA advisory role with the Victorian state government after a private Facebook post was sent to mainstream media corporations.
According to SMH, Ward posted an image of a rainbow flag to her personal Facebook page, and captioned the image,
“Now we just need to get rid of the racist Australian flag on top of state parliament and get a red one up there and my work is done.”
In a written statement, Ward apologised for any offence the comments caused the government and members of the LGBTQIA community.
“These were private comments that were never intended for the public domain.They in no way reflect the views of Safe Schools Coalition Victoria or the Victorian Government.”
VIC Gender and Equality Commissioner Rowena Allen confirmed yesterday that she had accepted Ward’s resignation from the LGBTI Taskforce Education Reference Committee.
“Ms Ward has acknowledged that the post was inappropriate and may have caused offence, even if meant in jest, and posted in private.The Safe Schools program is not about any one person, it’s about providing safe and inclusive environments for all LGBTI kids at school.”
Allen said that the incident wouldn’t change the state government’s “proud” support of the Safe Schools program.