SBS Insight into Partners

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


I am a producer working at SBS’s Insight program hosted by Jenny Brockie,
Australia’s leading forum for debate and first person stories. We are putting
together a program about the challenges and experiences faced by partners of people
who change sex or sexuality.

The program will discuss the topic through first person stories from the partners of
people who have changed sex or sexuality and their partners who went through this
transformation. We would like to hear from couples who have faced this upheaval or
partners who have been through this challenge.

You can contact me on 0419 513 010 or at

There’s no pressure to appear on our program, firstly we’d just like to hear of your
experiences over the phone for research purposes, and then it’s up to you whether
you’re interested in speaking publicly at a later date.

I hope to hear from some of you who’ve lived through this unique challenge.

All the best,

Alex Tarney
0419 513 010

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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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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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