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.
what is your favorite tronnor moment ? if you had to pick one
I actually couldn’t pick a favorite memory so (in chronological order bc I can’t pick) here’s The Top Ten Times That Tronnor Killed Me:
1. The Internet Slang Challenge and Connor looking at Troye
2. When Connor supported Troye at the Spud Premiere, met Troye’s grandma, and Laurelle posted a photo of Connor with the Mellet family. She captioned it Family.
3. When Connor and Troye ran off to New Zealand for 5 days, without acknowledging it online. They filmed two videos, watched a lot of movies, and hardly left their hotel room.
4. Troye calling L.A. home.
5. Troye’s Coming Out Anniversary present (which nicely correlates with #4)
“I’m just a bit lucky”
6. The sheer domesticity behind this tweet and the fact they watch shows together and wait to catch up together.
7. Connor’s utter excitement FOR Troye when Taylor Swift freaked out over WILD. It’s even cuter because they were together when Troye found out and they went back to Connor’s house to continue to have a heart attack.
8. Connor staying in Australia to take care of Troye when he got his wisdom teeth out and looked like this
9. When Connor showed up to Stream Con with his ring finger painted white (the same color Troye wore to the MN show)