Inside Out – network of LGBTIQ people both inside and outside prisons
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Inside Out are a new Australia-wide grassroots group aiming to build a network of LGBTIQ people both inside and outside prisons. Incarceration can be an isolating experience for LGBTIQ people. We want to create a sense of community across the walls, amplify the voices of prisoners  and provide access to information, community news and resources. We will be producing a quarterly newsletter with content by and for LGBTIQ people  (and allies) who are incarcerated. This …
Survey on healthcare provided to the LGBTQ community
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Jillian Scheer, M.A., and Dr. V. Paul Poteat at Boston College are conducting an online study on healthcare provided to the LGBTQ community with the goal of improving services for their community. The purpose of this study is to better understand the experiences and health of LGBTQ individuals as well as the quality of services received by the LGBTQ community. To find out more, or take part in the survery, click the link below: https://bostoncollege.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9YoRfc6LMlByoRf
Celebrating LGBTI Carers in the West
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A FREE community event. Celebrate LGBTI carers and people caring for LGBTI partners, friends and family members. Learn about inclusive support services. Guest MC: Kelly Parry Speakers: Ro Allen (Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality) Dr Philomena Horsley (Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria) LGBTI Carers Panel followed by Q&A: Philomena Horsley (lesbian carer) Tony Briffa (Organisation Intersex International Australia/AISSGA; former foster carer) Andrew Eklund (FTM Shed/Transgender Victoria; parent carer) Jett & Bee (young carers) Other speakers to be …
Illegal Love ABC Storytelling Project
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The project is called “Illegal love” and it’s about collecting stories of queer life in the shadow of the criminalisation of homosexuality until 1980 in Victoria. The project is being done in partnership with the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, with the stories being collected in the lead up to the State Government apology on May 24. ABC would like to hear the stories of life in Victoria for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex people under …
Beyond binary with the BBC
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In this BBC documentary, journalist Linda Pressly speaks with activists around the world who live as neither male nor female. In communities around the globe, non-binary people are rejecting the categories of ‘male’ and ‘female’, and attempting to redefine gender identity. Queer, gender-queer, gender-fluid, gender-variant, third gender – these are all terms non-binary people use to describe themselves. Have to say, it’s nice to see (or in this case, hear) the gender binary being discussed …
Safe Schools Coalition VIC Training Day
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Safe Schools Coalition Victoria 2016 Term 2 (free) Training Day Wednesday May 11th  2016 – Room 102/3, La Trobe University, CITY campus, 215 Franklin Street, Melbourne. Safe schools Coalition Victoria’s in-house training session this term will be running from 9:30am to 3.30pm. This training is divided into two sessions, allowing you to join them for part of the day or the entire day, depending on your individual needs. The event is free for anyone who wishes …
Gender, gender everywhere
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We received a press release from Adult Matchmaker recently regarding their expansion of permissible genders in their system from the traditional Male/Female binary to a far more inclusive list of 31, including Genderqueer, Agender, Transgender, Pangender and Gender non-conforming. They say: While there have been significant leaps forward in trans rights and acceptance in recent years, we appreciate that there is still much work to be done. As more and more trans people share their …
Q&A With Sophie Labelle! Author of Assigned Male
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Q&A With Sophie Labelle! Author of ‘Assigned Male’ – Melbourne Details Incredibly talented activist and artist Sophie Labelle, the creative mind behind the webcomic Assigned Male, is coming to Melbourne! In a special event for trans and gender diverse youth and their allies aged 25 and under, Sophie will be coming to Ygender HQ for a Talk and Q&A and hangout session! Sunday, 08 May 2016 1:00PM Drummond Street Services 100 Drummond St, Carlton VIC 3053 …
Invitation to the Launch of Equinox
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As part of IDAHOBIT Day, VAC is officially launching their new Gender Diverse Health Centre – Equinox. Equinox provides general medical services, sexual health services and will soon provide mental health services. When Tuesday, 17 May 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (AEST) – Add to Calendar Where 175 Rose Street, Fitzroy, VIC 3065 – View Map Please find the Equinox Launch Invite here  and click on the link within to RSVP. Equinox is …
What’s the meaning of this?
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So what’s Genderqueer really mean? Well, according the American Merriam Webster Dictionary: Genderqueer: of, relating to, or being a person whose gender identity cannot be categorized as solely male or female. So if you didn’t already know, now it’s written in black and white so you can show your friends, befuddle the ignorant and perhaps feel that the world might be slowly stepping in the right direction. They’ve also been good enough to officially define …