Seeking Sexual Wellbeing Participants

Katherine Darby is completing a Masters of Sexology at Curtin University.

As a part of their dissertation “Lived experiences of Australian women with a trans history and their intimate partnerships after commencing hormone therapy: A mixed method approach”, she is seeking participants to complete an online questionnaire regarding their sexual wellbeing.

In order to meet the criteria for this study, participants must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be currently living in Australia
  • Assigned male at birth
  • Self identify as a transgender woman, transsexual woman, female (who was assigned male at birth), Sistergirl, or identify anywhere on the trans feminine or male-to-female spectrum.
  • Commenced hormone therapy at least 6 months ago

The aim of this study is to give trans people a voice and to further understand how hormone therapy may impact ones sexual wellbeing and/or intimate partnership/s.

The confidential and secure questionnaire can be found at the following site: www.tinyurl.com/curtinresearch

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Queer Screen Film Fest/Kate Bornstein is a Queer & Pleasant Danger

The wonderful Queer Screen Film Fest is coming to Sydney. It is on Sep 22-27, at Event Cinemas George Street. They are playing a wonderful film, KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER & PLEASANT DANGER. It is outstanding and has won awards around the world.

KATE BORNSTEIN IS A QUEER & PLEASANT DANGER by Sam Feder
USA, Canada; English with no subtitles

Kate Bornstein has been a pioneer in deconstructing gender, a trailblazing artist and activist, and a self-titled ?gender outlaw? for many years. Now, in a playful and wickedly fun documentary, named one of The Advocate?s best LGBT documentaries of 2014, we witness firsthand the whirlwind life of this polarizing figure. This incredible doco follows the fascinating work of the brilliant personality who paved the way for generations of gender non-conforming people, as well as giving us a thoughtful glimpse into her personal life.

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OMG I’m Trans

Minus18 absolutely thrilled to announce the launch of their brand new resource OMG I’m Trans! It’s a resource created by young people, for young people, all about growing up gender diverse/trans.

OMGImTrans

Minus18 would like to invite you to come and join them on Thursday August the 13th at 4:30pm the Minus18 Atrium to celebrate the launch of their latest and greatest resource!
Minus18 put everything they wanted to know about growing up gender diverse into a one stop super pack. It’s a collection of answers, info, and advice to questions we were asking ourselves or needed to know as gender diverse young people.
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Eastern Diversity Group August 2015

Please find attached the Family Access Network’s (FAN) activities for Eastern Diversity Group (EDG) during August, any questions feel free to contact Beck on 9890 2673 or alternatively via email rgranata@fan.org.au

EDG Activities for August 2015

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VAC LGBTIQ Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services

In addition to VAC’s LGBTIQ Counselling, Mental Health Support and Alcohol and Other Drug Services, VAC are currently run a range of therapeutic and peer support groups for LGBTIQ people and sexually and gender diverse communities. VAC regularly run these groups, so if you want to refer people, please feel free to pass on these details and have them call to find out more!

Please find attached the relevant resources and brochures – VAC LGBTIQ Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services


Transformed is a 6 week group for trans and gender diverse people who want support to improve their mental health, change their alcohol or drug use and build positive social networks. Transformed is run by professional and qualified trans and gender diverse facilitators.

Drink Limits is a 8 week group for bisexual, queer and lesbian women who want to change their alcohol use and address their anxiety.

Re-Wired is a 6 week group for men who have sex with other men who want to change their methamphetamine use and address their anxiety.

Re-Wired 2.0 is a fortnightly Peer Facilitated support group for men who have sex with men who want to change their methamphetamine use and address their anxiety.

 

Those interested can call VAC on 03 9865 6700 to book an appointment to find out more.

VAC LGBTIQ Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Services

 

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Mental Health & the GLBTI Community

Attached is information on an upcoming ‘information session’ on the topic of Mental Health & the GLBTI Community: Vulnerability & Treatment being presented by Dr Glen Hosking next Thursday evening.

Info Flyer Glen Hosking GLTBI 2015

Info Flyer Glen Hosking GLTBI 2015 PDF

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TGD Pathways Panel

Attached is a flier about our next Trans and Gender Diverse workshop on Saturday, 22nd Aug, 1 to 4pm, at Drummond Street Services, 100 Drummond St, Carlton.
The TGD Pathways panel includes Dr Michelle Telfer and Dr Nate Reid.

TGD Pathways Panel flier

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Volunteer Positions with FAN

Family Access Network is a community based organisation working in the east offering a range of services, primarily Transitional Housing for homeless young people aged 15-25 years. They were the first organisation in Victoria to fight for and obtain a housing model specifically for GBLTI young people, this model has been successfully running since 2006 however they need your help! They currently have a property located in Chadstone that requires a Volunteer Lead Tenant to share live with up to 3 young people who identify as sexually and or gender diverse.

A Lead Tenant (LT) is a positive role model that young people in the property can learn from and build friendships with. The Lead Tenant can have a full time job, study , a combination of both or even be in between jobs. They are looking for somebody with a positive attitude that can be positive role model in these clients life’s. The LT is not a worker in any way, our clients have case managers that assist them to achieve their goals. You would be a tenant in a share living environment.

In exchange for your valuable contribution the LT gets to live in the property rent FREE! You do have to pay for utilities which are capped at approx. $27 a fortnight, you would also be responsible for your own food/internet/cleaning products etc., just like you would be in a share house. You would have your own bedroom and ensuite bathroom , both with a key lock only you will have access too. FAN expect’s this to mimic real share living, so don’t feel like you can’t stay away for the weekend or stay out every so often.

Please circulate this amongst your colleagues, friends, neighbours you never know who might be interested. FAN can only take applications from people above 21 years and over.

If you have any further questions or would like to apply please contact Rebecca Granata at Family Access Network on 9890 2673

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School Holiday Program for Gender Diverse Young People

Drummond Street will be running a school holiday program for gender diverse young people aged 12-17 during the next school holidays.

The Gender Diverse School Holiday Program is a place for us, young people to have fun, make
friends and explore the world in a safe and friendly environment. Held over three days, we will get to pick the activities we do & the places we explore in a group
of peers that welcomes the diversity of our community.

Time: Term 3/4 break September 2015
Location: Carlton based

For more info see the attached flyers:

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Gender Diverse Clothes Swap

Clothes-Swap-Promo-Poster

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Seahorse 40th Anniversary Ball

A reminder that tickets are available for the Seahorse 40th Anniversary Ball on Saturday 18th July.

The attached flier has all the details, we do hope that you are able to join us and celebrate this milestone.

Seahorse 40th Anniversary Ball

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TGD Employment Forum

WorkingOUT will be hosting a panel discussion on employment support options for people that identify as trans/gender diverse within the community.

WorkingOUT has been delivering specialist LGBTIQ employment solutions for 3 years and is funded by the Commonwealth Government.

Panel members will consist of Tristan Knoop (Senior Employment Consultant), Mary Koutzamanis (Employment Consultant), and Rebeckah Loveday (Employment Consultant), who will share her lived experience in numerous workplaces, including her role in the WorkingOUT team.

They will also have two guest speakers on the day sharing their experience of accessing employment supports from WorkingOUT.

This event is a collaboration between the trans and gender diverse groups of Melbourne.

Employment forum

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Medical Needs of Genderqueer Survey

Genderqueer Australia (GQA) has been invited to contribute to a survey exploring the medical needs of the genderqueer community.
The survey is titled: Exploring the medical needs of individuals who identify as genderqueer.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/genderqueer

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LGBTIQ Young People Needed

UNDERSTANDING THE SUPPORT NEEDS OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND, TRANSGENDER ASYLUM SEEKER, REFUGEE AND NEWLY ARRIVED YOUTH

La Trobe University is investigating how young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender participants who are newly arrived migrants, asylum seekers or, refugees access and experience health and support services.

They are currently seeking lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who arrived in Australia as a refugee or an asylum seeker within the last ten years for confidential interviews.

You can also take part in the project if you have come to Australia in the last ten years from a country whose main language is not English.

To be eligible to take part in this research you need to be over 21 years old now but were under 18 when you first came to Australia.

Interviews will be conducted in English so you will also need a good level of English to take part.

The interviews will focus on your story of coming to Australia and on whom you felt you could speak to about your gender identity and sexuality, particularly within agencies that provided you with support.

All interviews will be kept anonymous.

For more Information:
David Mejia-Canales
039479 8712        
d.mejia-canales@latrobe.edu.au

 La Trobe University Human Ethics Committee Application No. 15-012

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Out For Australia (OFA) – Mentoring Opportunity

Out for Australia is a non-profit that provides mentoring and networking opportunities for aspiring LGBTIQ professionals. Learn more about the organisation here: http://www.outforaustralia.org/

Their Mentoring Program is aimed at ensuring university students have the support and encouragement they need to be themselves upon entering the workforce, and has already proved a great success in NSW, helping hundreds of individuals. The program pairs students and professionals with similar backgrounds and career aspirations. Mentors and Mentees agree at the beginning of the program on the frequency and methods of communication, and there is likely to be optional workshops for all participants.

Our surveys show 70% of LGBTIQ people have never participated in a formal mentoring program before. This is a fantastic knowledge sharing opportunity to help encourage and support the broader community. OFA are very excited to be continuing this great opportunity. Sign up today to participate as either a mentor or mentee!
 
Participating in the program:
You may access the application via: http://www.outforaustralia.org/#!mentoring-program/c21kz

Questions:
Please contact vic@outforaustralia.org with any questions you may have. Read the rest of this entry »

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QLives Thunderclap!

QLives: Our stories, Our Lives

Celebrating the great diversity of bodies, genders, relationships, and sexualities that make up contemporary Australian communities, QLives is a virtual film festival that gives a voice to the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex people in Australia.

These are the stories that we hear every day at QLife.

Each of these movies has been commissioned as part of the QLife project. www.qlife.org.au

Help us to make an impact: The QLIVES THUNDERCLAP!

In these days of social media, the best way to have our voices heard is to speak together – as a crowd of like minded supporters. Speaking together amplifies our reach and helps our message to be heard.

On 5 June, the QLives thunderclap will see 300+ people simultaneously sharing news about the QLives narrative project! 

We would love you to be involved – the more people who support the thunderclap the wider our audience will become.

To make this process super easy we are using an online service to help co-ordinate our shared messages.

How to join the thunderclap:

  1. Visit https://www.thunderclap.it/en/projects/26128-qlives-our-stories-our-lives
  2. Follow the links to select which social media service you would like to support Qlives using.
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Family Portraits: Telling Our Stories

Book Talk with Sam Orchard (New Zealand Comic Artist)

Event Category: Hare Hole Books & Talks

Date(s): 02 June 2015

Time: 6:00 PM

Duration: 1 Hours 30 Minutes

See more at: http://wordisout.com.au/event/family-portraits-telling-stories#sthash.IyyIzv8K.dpuf

 

Sam Orchard is excited about coming to Australia to do a book talk about telling queer stories through comics. He will be talking about his recently released comic series, Family Portraits.

Family Portraits is a first-of-it’s-kind in New Zealand comic series that celebrates our lives, our diversity, and our selves.

Family Portraits tells the stories of a group of unique individuals, and explores the awesomeness of their sexual orientations and/or gender identities.

These stories celebrate the differences and diversity in our communities. They look at how our ages, histories, genders, beliefs and ethnicities shape our experiences of ourselves, and how we live in the world.

Sam has been drawing comics since he was a little girl. He is passionate about telling stories that celebrate the rich depth and diversity of our communities. He draws an autobiowebcomic about his life as a queer trans man, and you can read it online here

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Yarra GLBTIQ Youth Forum

Yarra GLBTIQ Youth Forum

Invitation

City of Yarra is hosting a Yarra GLBTIQ Youth Forum in collaboration with the CREATE Foundation, headspace Collingwood, headspace Hawthorn, Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local, Minus18, Family Planning Victoria, Transgender Victoria, Ygender, The Drum Youth Services and Drummond Street Services’ Queerspace.

This free event will bring together professionals from local services providers, community agencies and schools who work with children, young people and their families across the GLBTIQ community.

The forum aims to:

  • showcase programs and services for GLBTIQ young people in Yarra
  • hear from guest speakers and experts in the field
  • share information and discuss key issues and challenges for the GLBTIQ community
  • identify possible future partnership projects and ways of working together

WHEN: Friday 12th June, 9.30am – 4.15pm (catering provided)

WHERE: Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Road, Richmond 3121

For draft program and to register for the event click here

**To have an info table at the event to promote your service contact: glen.moore@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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Trans and Gender Diverse Pathways Forum

Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse Youth In Your region: a health care pathways forum for GPs and health professionals.

This forum is a partnership between Zoe Belle Gender Centre, The GASP project – The City of Greater Geelong, Rainbow Network – GLHV, The Royal Children’s Hospital, Peninsula Pride, Ygender, Minus 18 and Transgender Victoria.

This event will be held on the 20-21 June, 2015 in Geelong. Check out www.eventbrite.com.au/event/16491749266/ for more info and to register.

Download PDF of event: Trans and Gender Diverse Pathways

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National study of people with congenital variations in sex characteristics

This is the first national survey giving a direct voice to Australians who are born with congenital variations in sex characteristics on key health and social issues. It was developed by Dr Tiffany Jones of UNE in consultation with Morgan Carpenter of Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia; Bonnie Hart of The Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) Support Group Australia, and Dr Gávi Ansara of the National LGBTI Health Alliance. This study includes questions about preferred terminology. We use a particular neutral language in the description, and no other terms are endorsed for the purposes of this study. Terms which you may have heard include: intersex, or variation whether hormonal, chromosomal, or otherwise biological (e.g. CAIS, Klinefelters, Turners, PCOS and many others), DSD/ Disorder of Sex Development/ disordering terms, atypical reproductive or sex development condition etc.

The survey link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ausvariations

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