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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LGBTIQ Young People Needed


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

 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:

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:!mentoring-program/c21kz

Please contact 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.

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
  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:


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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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 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:

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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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