TGD Safer Drug Use and Sexual Health

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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”.

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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

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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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Abigail Varney: METIS

Metis; male bodied, feminine people, captures the subtleties of modern gender and the way their unique environment encapsulates a notion of expressive style.

Abigail Varney’s subjects are joined in celebration on women’s day held at the Blue Diamond Society, the main NGO in Kathmandu that supports the LGBT community. This hub reinforces confidence through community and allows her subjects to be photographed unguarded and of pure self-expression. While Nepal has official recognition of the
third gender within their national census, the first positive step in paving stronger acceptance of sexual and gender minorities, their efforts to lead a normal life are still being contested.

Finding true connection with her subjects is what drives Abigail’s portrait photography, her subject’s join the bind of tradition and the contemporary and reveal a graceful celebration of their personal femininity.

The exhibition runs until 2nd August, come by and check it out!

Above is a link to the webpage where you will find more information, please feel free to share with friends and others who may be interested in this work.

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How did you get through it? LGBTI older people with depression and anxiety.

How did you get through it?

Exploring strategies and service provision for older LGBTI people with depression and anxiety

Who we are and why we need you

We are currently seeking older LGBTI Australians to participate in confidential interviews.  The  interviews  are  part  of  a  project  to  educate  service  providers about  the  issues  associated  with  depression  and  anxiety  for  older  LGBTI people.  The  project  is  a  collaboration  between  The  National  Ageing  Research Institute, Val’s Café (at  the  Australian  Research  Centre  in  Sex,  Health  and Society,  La  Trobe  University)  and  RMIT  and  has  been  funded  by  beyondblue. The project has been approved by La Trobe University’s ethics committee.

We  would  like  to  speak  with  LGBTI  Australians  aged  65  years  or  more,  from any  state/territory  who  have  experienced  depression  and/or  anxiety  –  about their strategies for managing. Interviews will be conducted until June 2014.

For more information or to book an interview contact:

Dr Catherine Barrett, Val’s Café
P: 03 9479 8702 5297 or E:

Carolyn Whyte, Val’s Cafe
P: 03 94798739 or E: 

Dr Jean Tinney, National Ageing Research Institute
P: 03 8387 2601 or E:

Dr. Phillip Maude, RMIT
P: 9925 7447 or E:


Click here to download the flyer

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Research investigating the lived experience of taking HRT

Hello, my name is Jessica Cleasby. I am currently completing the research
component of a Masters of Sexology at Curtin University. I am seeking participants
to assist with my research. We are looking for trans people who have undergone
hormone therapy for at least six months to tell us their story.

We use the term trans in an inclusive way, and would like to hear from people who
use (or used) words like transsexual, transgender, sistergirl, androgynous, or
genderqueer to describe themselves.

The purpose of this research is to investigate the lived experience of taking
hormone therapy. I am also interested to learn about treatment by healthcare
providers during this period and  recommendations for service improvement. We hope
that this research will inform practice and policy to assist our healthcare system
to better support trans individuals, and the healthcare professionals who work with

We are asking for participation in two short interviews with a researcher from
Curtin University, and confidentiality is guaranteed. We anticipate it will take
about an hour and a half in total.

If you or someone you know would be willing to share your experience, please email:
Jessica Cleasby: for more information on how
to participate.

Alternatively, you may contact the project supervisor, Matt Tilley on (08) 92664579,

Thank-you for your time, please feel free to forward this message on to others who
may be interested.

Kind Regards,

Jess Cleasby

**This study has been approved by the Curtin University Human Research Ethics
Committee (Approval Number HR 118/2014). The Committee is comprised of members of
the public, academics, lawyers, doctors and pastoral carers. If needed, verification
of approval can be obtained either by writing to the Curtin University Human
Research Ethics Committee, c/- Office of Research and Development, Curtin
University, GPO Box U1987, Perth, 6845 or by telephoning 92662784 or by emailing​

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Participants wanted for Griffith University LGBTI community research study

Researchers at Griffith University, with support from beyondblue, are conducting a study aiming to develop better strategies for preventing suicide in LGBTI people in Australia.

If you are interested in taking part, please read further information below and in the attached flyers.

Study Title: Fatal Suicidal Behaviours in LGBTI Populations
This project has ethics approval from the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee (CSR/01/13/HREC) .

Organisation: Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University

Researchers: Dr Delaney Skerrett, Dr Kairi Kõlves, Prof. Diego De Leo

Project description: The aim of this study is to learn more about the processes that lead to a suicide in LGBTI individuals. This information is aimed at helping us develop better strategies for preventing suicide in LGBTI people in Australia. No previous studies have been carried out that systematically look into deaths by suicide among LGBT individuals in the Australian context and therefore this is a very important topic.

Participants required:

(1) The researchers are looking to interview friends and relatives of LGBTI people who have lost their lives to suicide.

(2) The researchers are also looking to interview LGBTI people living in Australia to be the control group for this study to allow us to better understand the differences and similarities between the experience of those who are alive and those who have lost their lives to suicide.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and will be interviewed for around two to three hours, with compensation given for their time.

Griffith University Study_LGBTI recruitment_know LGBTI person died by suicide_flyer

Griffith University Study_LGBTI recruitment_control group flyer

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In the news: Calls to help gender diverse children

While the term "sex-change" is a bit old-school, this article from Jill Stark of The Age newspaper, helps expand the issues around hormones and surgery for youth.

Calls to help sex-change kids

The major problem is that medical services are extremely underfunded in general, and gender clinics more so.

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