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.
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.
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.
UNDERSTANDING THE SUPPORT NEEDS OF LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL AND, TRANSGENDER ASYLUM SEEKER, REFUGEE AND NEWLY ARRIVED YOUTH
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:
La Trobe University Human Ethics Committee Application No. 15-012
Out for Australia is a non-profit that provides mentoring and networking opportunities for aspiring LGBTIQ professionals. Learn more about the organisation here: http://www.outforaustralia.org/
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: http://www.outforaustralia.org/#!mentoring-program/c21kz
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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. www.qlife.org.au
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:
- Visit https://www.thunderclap.it/en/projects/26128-qlives-our-stories-our-lives
- Follow the links to select which social media service you would like to support Qlives using.
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: email@example.com
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 www.eventbrite.com.au/event/16491749266/ for more info and to register.
Download PDF of event: Trans and Gender Diverse Pathways
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: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ausvariations
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Transmen on WA | email
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.
Transcend website | email
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.
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.
True Colours website | email
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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.