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!

http://www.colourfactory.com.au/gallery/apply/upcoming-abi-varney-metis/

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: c.barrett@latrobe.edu.au

Carolyn Whyte, Val’s Cafe
P: 03 94798739 or E: c.whyte@latrobe.edu.au 

Dr Jean Tinney, National Ageing Research Institute
P: 03 8387 2601 or E: j.tinney@nari.unimelb.edu.au

Dr. Phillip Maude, RMIT
P: 9925 7447 or E: phillip.maude@rmit.edu.au

 

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
them.

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: Jessica.cleasby@postgrad.curtin.edu.au for more information on how
to participate.

Alternatively, you may contact the project supervisor, Matt Tilley on (08) 92664579,
m.tilley@curtin.edu.au

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
hrec@curtin.edu.au.​

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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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In the news: Gender Pioneers in The Age newspaper

We were interviewed by Jill Stark a couple of weeks ago for this Age Newspaper article.

Gender pioneers wage war with law and officialdom

I’m never happy with a "War" comparison in any struggle by the way, but it seems to be the thing to do when talking about difficulties people have.

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have your gender preconceptions blown!

http://io9.com/this-years-most-mind-expanding-book-about-gender-1524862506

Read about a 17th century cyborg and have your gender preconceptions blown!

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News: we’ve been listed on the GLHV website!

Good news for Genderqueer peeps: Genderqueer Australia is now on the Gay Lesbian Health Victoria website.

Click here to view the GQA page on the GLHV website.

Big thanks to the peeps who run the website for this inclusion!

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New location for GQA gatherings!

We’re on the move in June and at a new location for our regular monthly gatherings.

Hairy Little Sista

218-240 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000


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Hairy Little Sista on Little Collins Street is the location for our June gathering. So remember to update your calendar, or if you have a smartphone or computer, you can subscribe to the GQA calendar here.

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GQA Catchup – on the move!

GQA-coffee-2013After 2 years at the same venue, we’ve decided to make a move!

1000 £ bend has been brilliant to us, and has hosted our organisation launch and 24 plus GQA gatherings, but the time has come to find different digs.

Over the next two weeks our crack team of chai tasters will be scoping out the local cafes in search of the perfect brew for GQA peeps. Food, accessibility and space are also being looked into.

We’ll post updates over the next month and then see you all at the new venue on the 1st of June!

Make a recommendation?

Use the form below to suggest a new venue!

The requirements are:

  • Makes a decent chai
  • Food is available
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible for wheelchairs
  • Child friendly

 

 

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New GQA events calendar

We’ve got a new events calendar here at the GQA website, which we’ve just finished setting up.

You might think it’s just another calendar, BUT this one is different! Just by clicking the +Subscribe button, you can add the calendar to your computer or smartphone and Never Miss Another Event!

Dead useful really.

Take a peek at the new events calendar by clicking here!

 

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Sexing The Transman by Buck Angel

Sexing the Transman: | Buck Angel | OL25424315M

Sexing the Transman

Sexing the Transman

Buck Angel brings you a groundbreaking educational adult film about trans male sexuality, consisting of interviews and jack-off scenes with four different transmen (aged 20-35).

Each scene starts with an interview in which the performers share details about who they are and why they transitioned from female to male.

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News: Brighton council rules toilets gender-neutral

Brighton council rules toilets gender-neutral.

To some it seems preposterous to have gender neutral toilets, but to genderqueer and trans folk it’s something sorely needed.

Perhaps in Oz we can get these too!

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Julie Burchill, transphobia and hostility towards the victims of oppression | Dean Burnett | Science | guardian.co.uk

Julie Burchill, transphobia and hostility towards the victims of oppression | Dean Burnett | Science | guardian.co.uk.

Heres a really well written article on the weirdness which is one group harassing another.

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LGBTQI young people survey > University Western Sydney

The University of Western Sydney is currently recruiting LGBTQI young people to be involved in an Australia-wide online survey. The survey aims to give young LGBTQI people an opportunity to contribute to the development of community and professional education resources that aim to counteract homophobia, transphobia and harassment.

If you identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning or Intersex (LGBTQI), are aged between 16-27 years, and live in Australia we would love to hear from you.

If you would like to be involved, please follow the link below: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QueerStories

The results from this survey will contribute information that will lead to greater awareness of the needs of queer youth in the wider Australian community.

Find out more:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Queer-Stories/171326546324685#!/pages/Queer-Stories/171326546324685

Contact: A/Prof Kerry Robinson (k.robinson@uws.edu.au); Dr Nida Denson (n.denson@uws.edu.au); or Dr Peter Bansel (p.bansel@uws.edu.au)

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Cooking for kids is gender neutral

Starting Next Summer, Easy Bake Ovens Will Be Gender Neutral.

Thanks to the efforts of a 13 year old boy and his family, a toy oven will be made to be gender neutral rather than pink and purple.

It’s a small step for cooking…

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Petition to make gender-neutral Easy-Bake Ovens – Boing Boing

Petition to make gender-neutral Easy-Bake Ovens – Boing Boing

Here’s a great petition to create gender neutral toy ovens so everyone can use them!

Sign the petition here!

The video

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Clothing: Saint Harridan – Saint Harridan

Saint Harridan – Saint Harridan.

Get onboard with Saint Harridan clothes, designed for MtF and female shaped bodies.

It’s a brilliant idea!

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Photos: Interstate peeps

This gallery is of interstate peeps who have given permission for their images to be used on the website.

Thanks to all contributors!

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Audio: Born this way – gender identity

Born this way: gender identity – All In The Mind – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

A podcast from ABC Radio National (that you can download too!) about the issues surrounding and leading up to a physical change of gender. It’s really nice to see FTM peeps included too!

The interview features Julie Peters, Craig Andrews and Fintan Harte, of the Victoria based Southern Health Gender Clinic.

Note: while the peeps in the audio are transgendered, their journeys do relate to those of gender-questioning and genderqueer peeps.

 

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