You’ve got tickets to tilde: Melbourne trans & gender diverse film festival!

Have you bought your tickets to tilde​: Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival? To help make your decisions about what to view and when, you can check out the full program here.

Program Overview

Delivering inspiring, challenging and dynamic content, this year’s program is host to critical acclaim and an expansive geographic footprint that speaks to the value of diversity that is central to the festival. tilde 2015 aims to celebrate a range of identities, move and inspire through the sharing of stories, expand and capture the imagination of community. 2015’s program includes shorts, documentaries and features from countries including Australia, Turkey, China, Uruguay, and the Philippines. tilde audience members are invited to come along not only for a cinematic experience but also a weekend of celebration, conversation and community!

The program includes a specially curated short documentary session, featuring Arrernte Sistergirls Share Their Journey, a follow-up short film about two Central Arrernte Sistergirls produced specially for tilde by Bent TV.

“These are stories of resistance, transformation and survival, providing insights into both the familiar and the unknown”, says Festival Director Liz Alexander. “A common humanity shines across the struggles experienced in fighting for a world where all the beautiful variations of gender are seen and celebrated.”

More than just a film festival:

tilde also believes in the importance and power of bringing people together over the festival weekend. After all, tilde at its heart is a community festival, and was born of the desire to build community and connection through sharing and celebrating film stories of gender diversity. 2014 audience feedback reflected the value of bringing people together across the communities. Parties and DJs will accompany select sessions – tilde invites audience members to connect, hang out, come early, stay late and celebrate!

But wait there is more…

tilde​: Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival​​ have kindly offered a double pass to Session 2, the tilde shorts session, which is being held at 1pm on Saturday 14th November, to ​Genderqueer Australia as a competition or giveaway!!!

This has now been won, thanks everyone for participating and congratulations to the lucky winner.

tilde is Melbourne’s international film festival created to showcase and support the work of trans and gender diverse filmmakers along with works that have trans and gender diverse content. Stories have the power to heal, connect, agitate and educate.
tilde events are for everyone who is open to being part of hearing, telling and sharing these stories.
tilde runs from November 12th – 15th at North Melbourne’s Lithuanian Club.
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SURVEY: Intimate Relationship Quality

This survey is available online at

Researchers from Western Sydney University and the University of Central Lancashire, UK are conducting a study into LGBTI relationships. It is hoped that the study will provide information to assist in the development of improved support services for people in LGBTI relationships.

“The following research explores the quality of intimate relationships, both positive and negative aspects, amongst LGBTI communities in Australia and how it may link with health (i.e. emotional wellbeing) and resilience. Questions are also asked on the availability of services to assist with the more negative aspects of relationships. Please note that the questions addressing negative aspects of relationships will ask you about abuse and will include some questions on emotional, physical and sexual abuse from a partner and also that which you may have engaged in.”

If you are over 18 years of age, an LGBTI person and are in a regular relationship with someone for over 3 months, please participate in this online survey…

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Call for participants – Street Harassment Survey

Have you had a chance to check out the survey on street harassment in Melbourne?

It would be awesome if people could please share the survey ad (attached, and social-media friendly) through your networks etc.

The survey is open to people of all genders and sexual orientations who live in Melbourne, are age 18 or over, and who have experienced street harassment in Melbourne.

street harassment ad

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SBS Insight Request

Please find an email request Genderqueer Australia (GQA) received from SBS Producer Alex Tarney:

“I am a producer working at SBS’s INSIGHT program, the forum program that discusses topics in depth through powerful first person stories.

I am researching a program on transgender people’s experiences of transition and beyond and also their partner’s journey through this time. We hope to discuss what happens to trans people’s relationships when they come out and transition. Do they survive, evolve or not and what are the challenges faced.

If you would like to share your experience please contact me. My phone number is 0419 513 010 or


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October Gender Diverse Clothes Swap

Hi All!
Minus18 and Ygender’s next Gender Diverse Clothes Swap has been announced for this school holidays on October 4th!
It’s a great event for young gender diverse people that need a safe place to make friends and access clothes, binders, and other stuff they might not be able to get on their own.
A core feature of the day is the option to get sized for a binder, order things like bra inserts, and access other things they might not be able to without a credit card or supportive families.
Full event info here:
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Join tilde for their 2015 Program Launch!


You are warmly invited to the tilde: Melbourne Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival 2015 Program Launch. Please join the festival team, our sponsors, friends and supporters as they unveil our fabulous 2015 Festival Program. Formalities, including an exclusive screening of the festival trailer, will kick off at 7pm, DJ spinning tunes til late. RSVP via their tilde Melbourne Facebook page.
They look forward to seeing you there!

tilde is Melbourne’s international film festival created to showcase and support the work of trans and gender diverse filmmakers along with works that have trans and gender diverse content. Stories have the power to heal, connect, agitate and educate. We hold a vision of having more positive and authentic representation of gender diversity and a desire to create more dialogue between, as well as the sharing of stories across, communities both locally and globally.

tilde events are for everyone who is open to being part of hearing, telling and sharing these stories.

tilde runs from November 13th – 15th at North Melbourne’s Lithuanian Club.

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2015 LBQ Women’s Conference Report

Please see attached and below for follow up on the Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference and info about VAC’s Drink Limits group.

VAC are delighted to be emailing you the Report for the Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health Conference, held March 27th 2015 in Melbourne. The event was a resounding success and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for attending or expressing interest in this very important area of lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s health.

We are thrilled to be working in this space and look forward to developing stronger partnerships with community members, organisations and groups in the lead up to the next conference to be held in Melbourne on Friday the 18th of March 2016. To stay informed about the next conference, register your interest at

Read more about the LBQ Women’s Health Conference Report


Please also be informed that our next Drink Limits therapeutic group is due to begin on Wednesday 23rd of September. Drink Limits is a free 8 week therapeutic group for of lesbian, bisexual and queer women who would like support to change their alcohol use and manage their anxiety. The group is run by female counsellors. We are currently taking referrals for this group, please call on 03 9865 6700 to register interest. Please find an information brochure attached.

Read more about the VAC Drink Limits Group


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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:

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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.

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.


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

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


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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.

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