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

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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


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:

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Supporting Trans and Gender Diverse Youth in Your Region

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 for more info and to register.

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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:

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Rainbow Women’s Help Seeking Research

Calling on LBQTI women to do an online survey for the Rainbow Women’s Help Seeking Research project

The Department of General Practice, University of Melbourne is currently undertaking a study exploring help seeking behavior amongst lesbian, bisexual, queer, same-sex attracted, trans and gender diverse, and intersex women. The study has been funded by beyondblue, the National depression and anxiety initiative.

We are looking for women at least 18 years of age who live in Australia to complete an anonymous online survey that will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.

The findings of the survey will be used to provide recommendations for improving health-related resources for LBQTI women, including information about mental health.

We would be extremely gratefully if you would forward this email to any people you know who might be eligible or post a link to the survey on your website or forum.

The web address for the survey is

The Chief Investigator of this project is Associate Professor Ruth McNair from the Department of General Practice, at The University of Melbourne. If you have any questions about the research please do not hesitate to contact Ruth on: 0419 120 663 or at:

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TGD Safer Drug Use and Sexual Health

Microsoft Word - TGD safer drug use, sexual health.doc

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national: On the Line Video Counselling

On the Line is excited to announce the launch of  a new pilot service which provides free and confidential video counselling to young people.  The Video Counselling Service is being funded by philanthropic  donations secured by On the Line and will run until June 2015.

On the Line’s Video Counselling Service provides 50-minute, generalist counselling via Skype to those in their time of need, 24 hours a day with no referral required. On the Line’s highly skilled professional psychologists, social workers and counsellors provide clients with practical solution-focussed counselling, with the opportunity to receive ongoing support as required.

To be eligible to access On the Line’s Video Counselling Service, you will need to be:

  • Between 15 and 25 years’ of age (inclusive)
  • Able to access the service from within Victoria.


About On the Line

On the Line is Australia’s leading remote support organisation, providing in excess of 70,000 contacts to Australians last year through our on-demand telephone, web chat and video counselling services. In addition to our counselling services, On the Line also provides social media monitoring and moderated forums to industry. Our evidence-based remote counselling services provide an effective alternative to traditional face-to-face counselling and are proven to increase uptake and engagement, offering anonymity, immediacy and 24 hour availability. Our current services include:

  • MensLine Australia
  • Suicide Call Back Service
  • ATAPS Suicide Support Line
  • AMWU Care
  • SuicideLine Victoria
  • Department of Defence All-Hours Support Line
  • Australia Post MensLine
  • Veterans Line
  • LIFE Communications

These services are made possible with the support of state and federal governments, leading corporate organisations, numerous trusts and foundations, as well as individual donors and supporters.

Contact: For more information about this service please contact James Fowles, Manager Service Development on (03) 8371 2808 or

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Transgender story on SBS Dateline

SBS Dateline is airing a report about transgender people in Indonesia on next Tuesday’s Dateline on SBS ONE, which I thought may be of interest.

The story looks at the vibrant culture and tradition surrounding what’s known as the ‘waria’ community, but also the fight for equal rights, especially in light of increasing Muslim intolerance in Indonesia.

Attached is a short promo video and you can find more information at

You can follow SBS Dateline onFacebook, Twitter, YouTube or on Dateline’s website. SBS are using the hashtag #DatelineSBS on Twitter.

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TGD Success Stories

TGD Success stories panel

TGD Success stories panel

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SKYS OUToud is back!

St Kilda Youth Service is bringing the SKYS OUTloud Social Space back and we want young people to be a part of it.
If you know a young person who is Same Sex Attracted and Gender Diverse (SSAGD) or a massive supporter and advocate for social justice and equality, this is the SPACE for them!
Please get in touch with Stella from St Kilda Youth Service to find out more about this social space.
This is a SAFE and judgment free zone. You can contact Stella via email or call 03 9696 5340.
SKYS OUTloud is run by St Kilda Youth Service in partnership with MINUS18 and City of Port Phillip. In January 2015, SKYS and Melbourne City Mission’s education and youth development programs merged, bringing both organisations under the one umbrella. For further information about this merge, please click here.


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Minus18’s Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal is on again!

With more than 500 people attending last year, this year’s Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal is going to be our biggest and best yet!

We’re back at the beautiful St Kilda Town Hall thanks to the amazing support of the City of Port Phillip. It’s a night of incredible entertainment, and a place to be yourself.We’ll also have delicious food courtesy of Naked for Satan, as well as Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for dessert. This event is for young people aged 21 and under and is strictly drug and alcohol free.

The Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal is a 3 stage event, all happening in the one awesome venue:
5-6PM: Pre-dinner mocktails and mingle
6-8PM: Sit down dinner and incredible performances
8-10PM: Dance party
You can come with your partner, your friends (gay or straight!) or even come by yourself! Still not sure what to expect? Check out the photos from last year!Tickets are now on sale! For those that can’t afford sponsored tickets are also available to apply for thanks to generous community donations! If you have a

Buy tickets here.
Donate here.
Apply for a sponsored ticket here.This event is organised and run entirely by the same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people at Minus18.

Proudly supported by Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, the City of Port Phillip and the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. Sponsored by Naked for Satan and Ben & Jerry’s.

SOURCE: Minus18

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Young, queer and caring – what workers need to know

Carers Victoria is keen to hear from young people with caring responsibilities (14-25) who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or questioning. They may be current or former carers.

Please share this link to our confidential online survey.

This is part of an exciting new project to better understand the experiences of LGBTIQ young carers and build online inclusive practice tools for workers.
Contact Meredith Butler on 1800 242 636 for more information.

This project is funded by the HEY Grants and the Victorian Government to promote the mental health and wellbeing of same sex attracted, intersex, transgender and gender diverse (SSAITGD) young people.

SOURCE: Carers Victoria

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FYA launch Innovation Nation

FYA has a new initiative called Innovation Nation, which is all about encouraging young people to generate ideas and supporting them to put them into practice. We are trying to get 1000 ideas across a range of areas, and addressing a range of challenges facing Australia. One of those questions is:

How can we make safer communities for LGBTIQ young people?

I am guessing that you and the young people you work with have some ideas about making communities safer (you’re the experts in this space, after all!), so if you/they are interested, ideas can be submitted here:

Anyone who is under 30 and submits an idea can also opt in to be considered for the Young Social Pioneers program, which means getting free mentoring, training, support and… (drumroll!) …funding to put the idea into practice. The idea can be anything – big, small, local, national, international, online, offline – whatever. The only condition is that it has to have some kind of positive social impact.


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What’s in a group?

Genderqueer Australia (GQA) together with other trans and gender diverse groups are pleased to join Lotte Turner from the Rainbow Network who will be running a session about “What’s in a group?: exploration of meaningful group work development and sustainability”.

Microsoft Word - What's in a Group v2.docx

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CREATEing Equality Launch

The CREATE Foundation are excited to announce a new project. Thanks to the HEY Grants and the Victorian Government, in 2015 they will work with young people in care or with a care experience who identify as LGBTQ (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer). The project will work with young people to develop resources for workers and carers to better support LGBTQ young people in out of home care.

This is where you come in, the CREATE Foundation are looking for workers who are passionate about this topic and currently working with young people in care or with a care experience. They would like to invite you to attend their CREATEing Equality launch to learn more about the project and how you can get young people involved in having their voice heard.

CREATEing Equality Launch

WHEN: Monday 2nd March at 2:30pm

WHERE: CREATE office (325 – 327 Queensberry St, North Melbourne)

WHO: Representative from all agencies (please forward to appropriate person if unable to attend)

RSVP: Thursday 27 February to or on 9918 0002


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Transgenderism in the Northern Territory

I am a researcher at Charles Darwin University. I am conducting a research project on the health and wellbeing of transgender Northern Territorians. To date, little to no research has been conducted on the health and wellbeing status of transgender Northern Territorians. Research which has been conducted on the health and wellbeing status of transgender Australians rarely, if ever, includes Northern Territorians.

The first phase of the project, an online survey, was completed last year. Following the survey’s success I am now seeking to conduct interviews with transgender Northern Territorians or individuals who work/volunteer for organisations which provide transgender Northern Territorians with health and wellbeing services.

As I cannot attached further details with this online form I will happily email on request.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or visit the Facebook page.

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Transformed: A new trans and gender diverse therapeutic support group

VAC are now taking expressions of interest for their new Transformed group, which is scheduled to start on Wednesday the 15th of April from 6 – 8pm. The group will run for 4 weeks and conclude on Wednesday the 6th of May and is located at 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra.

VAC to run Transformed: a new trans and gender diverse therapeutic group program, starting April 15th.

Transformed is a group for trans and gender diverse people, partners are also welcome. Transformed is a FREE 4 week group for people who want to better manage mental health, relationship stress and to get support with alcohol or drug use. Transformed is run by professional and qualified trans and gender diverse facilitators. Those interested can call VAC on 03 9865 6700 to book a spot or email Jeremy Wiggins on

Transformed VAC Support Group_2-page-001

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My Parents Think I’m A Woman, But I’m Not” by Joy Ellison

First person essay about being a nerdy kid who now identifies as genderqueer, and their relationship with a father who might not understand.

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Sunny Drake (Australia/Canada) touring to Melbourne!

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning transgender writer & performer Sunny Drake is touring back to Australia in early 2015. His one person show, “Transgender Seeking…” will be in Melbourne on January 27-31 along with a few workshops on January 31st and February 2nd 2015

Sunny is delighted to be touring back home after the show has been translated into two other languages and toured to sold out shows and rave responses in 31 cities in Canada, the USA, Puerto Rico and Europe.  More info below my signature line.


Directed by Gein Wong

** Sold out shows & rave responses in Europe, the USA & Canada**

Jimmy is trying to quit romance, cold turkey. An exposing, funny and tender look at ueer and trans* relationships including run-ins with the anti-monogamy police, online dating mishaps and figuring out whether to throw out or reinvent mainstream rlationship ideals. This smart, fast-paced take on dating in an age of social media and technology features visually stunning, highly interactive projections and sound.



Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre a Premier event as part of Midsumma Festival

When: Tuesday Jan 27 – Saturday Jan 31, at 7:30pm

Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray VIC 3011

Cost: $25 full / $20 concession

Bookings: Visit Midsumma:

Access info: This venue is wheelchair accessible

Warning: Sexual content



Director / Gein Wong
Writer, Performer & Producer/ Sunny Drake
Dramaturgy/ Catherine Hernandez
Projection Design / Gein Wong
Composer / Njo Kong Kie
Set & Costume Designer / Joe Pagnan
Lighting Design/ Michelle Ramsay
Video Content / Alex Williams & Hisayo Horie
Puppet / Ann Powell
Promo Photos: Tania Anderson


MELBOURNE – WORKSHOP: “So You Wanna Tour the World with Your Art & Performance?”

Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre

When: Saturday Jan 31, at 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Where: Footscray Community Arts Centre, 45 Moreland St, Footscray VIC 3011

Cost: $40 full / $25 concession

** Bookings essential**:

Access info: TBC


MELBOURNE – WORKSHOP: “Telling Your Story: Performance Writing workshop”

Presented by Writers Victoria

When: Mon Feb 2, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Where: Writers Victoria in the Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.

Cost: $130.00 (Member) / $120.00 (Concession Member) / $180.00 (Non-member)

** Bookings essential**:

Access info: TBC


For more info about Sunny Drake visit

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Transmission – new Bent TV show starts September 1st 2014

Put it in your diaries, your smartphones and calendars, folks.

Bent TV has produced a new show – Transmission – which features interviews, panels and opinions on all things Trans* from many in the Victorian community including our very own Gem!

It arrives September 1st at 10pm on Channel 31.

Read more about Bent TV.


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