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: r.mcnair@unimelb.edu.au

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Nat: TransFamily

TransFamily | email | Facebook | Twitter



TransFamily is a Peer Support Group for parents, siblings, extended family and /or friends of a trans person. The group offers a warm and supportive environment for the parents, siblings, friends and family of transgender people.

How we can help

We aim to provide meetings in a safe, confidential and caring environment. We aim to provide a free or low cost service. Discussion, education and referrals will be offered.


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WA: Transmen of WA

Transmen on WA | email

Transmen of Western Australia


Transmen of WA is a support network for Transmen and their loved ones in Western Australia.

How we can help

We have regular catch ups to welcome new members. Soon we are going to be holding support groups for parents with the help of PFLAG.

We currently have two Facebook pages. One is a hidden group ONLY for Transmen and genderqueer/questioning female born persons the other is a public page. The public page is there so new guys can find us and to educate and advocate for Trans/Queer/Racial issues.


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web: Transcend

Transcend website | email

Transcend Support

How we can help

Transcend is a support network established by parents of transgender children. It aims to provide parents with information in order to access treatment and support as close to home as possible. It aims to give parents the means to support their children and discuss with other parents the difficulties as well as the many positive aspects of parenting a gender diverse young person. The parent’s Forum is a private members only online forum. Privacy is respected and protected.

About Transcend

Transcend is an information hub for parents and families of transgender children. It was founded by parents who felt clear and concise information would help others access appropriate support for their transgender children. We focus on families of children below the age of 18 years, however the information here is useful for families of adult transgender children too.

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web: True Colours

True Colours website | email

True Colours Diversity


How we can help

We aim to support, educate and give guidance. Above all, we seek to be a place where the voices of the young people who experience difference or diversity can be heard and understood.

We are committed to building a network of support throughout Australia. This network will include medical professionals (doctors, psychologists etc), teachers and schools, legal practitioners and community leaders.

About True Colours

A network of parents, families and supporters throughout Australia who are raising young people who experience transsexualism.


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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 jfowles@ontheline.org.au

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Audio: BBC Woman’s Daily Podcast

An interview (second in the podcast) with non-binary person on the BBC Women’s Daily Podcast

Released19 March 2015 – Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series of books have sold over 26 million copies worldwide. They’ve just been adapted for TV. As part of this year’s BBC School Report Marley tells her story of gender identity. Plus what impact is the current debate about immigration having on BAME women and a celebration of the blues singer Rosetta Tharpe.

Woman’s Hour brings you the big celebrity names and leading women in the news, with subjects ranging widely from politics to health, law, education, arts, parenting, relationships, work, fiction, food and fashion. Presented by Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey. Find out more at www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/womanshour

Download or listen to the podcast at the link above.

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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 http://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/story/high-heels-and-hijabs-transgender-rights-indonesia

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 stella@skys.org.au 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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Minus18’s Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal is on again!

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!

We’re back at the beautiful St Kilda Town Hall thanks to the amazing support of the City of Port Phillip. It’s a night of incredible entertainment, and a place to be yourself.We’ll also have delicious food courtesy of Naked for Satan, as well as Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for dessert. This event is for young people aged 21 and under and is strictly drug and alcohol free.

The Same Sex Gender Diverse Formal is a 3 stage event, all happening in the one awesome venue:
5-6PM: Pre-dinner mocktails and mingle
6-8PM: Sit down dinner and incredible performances
8-10PM: Dance party
You can come with your partner, your friends (gay or straight!) or even come by yourself! Still not sure what to expect? Check out the photos from last year!Tickets are now on sale! For those that can’t afford sponsored tickets are also available to apply for thanks to generous community donations! If you have a

Buy tickets here.
Donate here.
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.

Proudly supported by Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, the City of Port Phillip and the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments. Sponsored by Naked for Satan and Ben & Jerry’s.

SOURCE: Minus18

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Young, queer and caring – what workers need to know

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

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FYA launch Innovation Nation

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.


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National: QLife

 QLife website | Phone Support 1800 184 527

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?

About QLife

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.

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What’s in a group?

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”.

Microsoft Word - What's in a Group v2.docx

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CREATEing Equality Launch

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 lara.gerrand@create.org.au or on 9918 0002


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Transgenderism in the Northern Territory

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.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me or visit the Facebook page.

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Transformed: A new trans and gender diverse therapeutic support group

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 jeremy.wiggins@vac.org.au.

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My Parents Think I’m A Woman, But I’m Not” by Joy Ellison

First person essay about being a nerdy kid who now identifies as genderqueer, and their relationship with a father who might not understand.

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