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!
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.
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
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: http://innovationnation.fya.org.au/
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.
5:30pm – 10:30pm every day
How we can help
If you’re looking to connect with someone to explore what’s going on in your life, QLife is a great place to start. We have several ways of contacting QLife that you can choose from, whether you’d prefer to speak with a counsellor on the phone, to chat with someone online, or even to start the conversation and get some ideas from us via email. So, what’s most comfortable for you?
QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for people of diverse sex, genders and sexualities. QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people of all ages.
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”.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on 9918 0002
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.
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 email@example.com.
First person essay about being a nerdy kid who now identifies as genderqueer, and their relationship with a father who might not understand.
For more information about Bent TV Incorporated, please visit: http://www.benttv.org.au/
For this last episode of Trans-mission, Nate Reid is joined by Gem, who among other things works with Genderqueer Australia. Very interesting to hear Gem talk about the definitions of Gender queer and the issue of ‘not being trans enough’ for either the community or to get the right medical treatment. Another fascinating personal and yet political story.
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.
MELBOURNE –“TRANSGENDER SEEKING…”
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: https://midsumma.org.au/event/transgender-seeking
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**: http://footscrayarts.com/event/tour-the-world-with-your-art/
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
03 9556 5216 | Hours: Tuesday and Wednesday ONLY | 352 South Road HAMPTON EAST VIC 3168
How we can help
Note: This team has recently been renamed from Southern Health Gender Clinic.
The Monash Gender Clinic is a multidisciplinary team comprising Consultant Psychiatrists, a Social Worker, Clinical Psychologist, administrative support, and external private consultants in Speech Pathology, Endocrinology and Plastic Surgery.
They have awareness around genderqueer issues and allow their clients to direct their own journey.
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.
Here’s a great explanatory video from The Guardian and Fred McConnell on why there’s no such thing as a sex change
It covers why “sex change” is incorrect, how to talk to people who are transgender and the ways in which conversation about this subject can help educate and help Trans and non-trans people.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn Whyte, Val’s Cafe
P: 03 94798739 or E: email@example.com
Dr Jean Tinney, National Ageing Research Institute
P: 03 8387 2601 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Phillip Maude, RMIT
P: 9925 7447 or E: email@example.com
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: Jessica.firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how
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.
**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
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.
(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.