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November News

 

This week, November 13-19, is Trans Awareness Week. Earlier this year, we released a briefing paper called Research Matters: Trans and gender diverse health and wellbeing, which was co-produced by researchers and community advocates. We’d encourage you to read and use this resource, and participate in activities this week in the lead up to Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20.

As Rainbow Health, we will be taking the opportunity to celebrate the lives of trans and gender diverse people; the amazing, creative, vibrant and insightful contribution that they make to our work; and to commit ourselves to continuing to address inequalities, stigma, discrimination and violence.

On a personal note, I hope you are all out enjoying whatever freedoms are afforded to us in this strange new world.


Keep safe and warm,

Marina Carman
Director
Rainbow Health Victoria
View Research Matters: Trans and gender diverse health and wellbeing (pdf)

Trans Awareness Week and Trans Day of Remembrance

Trans Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is observed annually on November 20 as a day to honour the memory of lives lost to acts of transphobia and anti-trans violence. The week prior provides an opportunity for trans people, organisations and allies to come together during Trans Awareness Week – to celebrate trans and gender diverse lives, raise awareness, champion visibility, and to address issues faced by trans people.

Join Switchboard Victoria, in partnership with Koorie Pride Victoria, Zoe Belle Gender Collective, Many Coloured Sky and Transgender Victoria for a special Transgender Day of Remembrance event.

Guided by MC, Star Lady, this event includes:

  • A Welcome to Country by N’arwee’t Dr Aunty Carolyn Briggs AM;
  • Words by Todd Fernando, Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities;
  • Performances by Amao Leota Lu;
  • A Q&A style panel featuring transgender-identifying BIPOC speakers, chaired by Mama Alto.

Date and time: Thursday 18 November, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Register here for tickets.

Transfemme website launch

Transfemme is a new website designed to promote healthier relationships between trans women and cisgender men.

The website has been created by the Zoe Belle Gender Collective in collaboration with a collective of trans women, and cis men who have experience with dating trans women. The content is based on the collective’s own lived experiences and is drawn from 30 confidential interviews conducted in mid-2021.

This event will include discussion on the findings and learnings with the creators of the Transfemme website, including a panel with the participants of the project.

Topics will include: the fetishisation and objectification of trans women, navigating consent and pleasure, passing and beauty myths, “coming out” to family and friends, the impacts of gender stereotypes and rigid gender roles, and the impacts of shame and stigma on cis men.

Transfemme has been supported by Rainbow Health Victoria.

Date and time: Friday 26 November, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

To register to attend the launch event, click here.
 

Safe Always campaign

Thorne Harbour Health and Rainbow Health Victoria have partnered on a bold campaign putting a spotlight on family violence in LGBTIQ communities. The Safe Always campaign features four images of LGBTIQ couples juxtaposed with various headline texts about family violence - informed by the lived experience of LGBTIQ people.
 
The aim is to grab the attention of viewers and achieve a wider recognition of LGBTIQ family violence amongst mainstream service providers and community as well as raise awareness within LGBTIQ communities of experiences of violence that may otherwise remain hidden.
 
The discussion around family violence is often focused on men’s violence against women, but the Safe Always campaign challenges everyone to consider the diversity of experiences of family violence and the need to strive for respect, safety and support for all people, families and relationships.
 
The campaign website, safealways.org, provides further insight into LGBTIQ family violence as well as guidance around engaging with support services, in particular those with capacity to appropriately support LGBTIQ people.

EveryAGE Counts


Val's LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care has recently become a member of the EveryAGE Counts national coalition to end ageism.

By joining the coalition, Val’s has committed to the EveryAGE Counts Pledge: “We stand for a world without ageism where all people of all ages are valued and respected and their contributions are acknowledged. We commit to speak out and take action to ensure older people can participate on equal terms with others in all aspects of life."  

EveryAGE Counts is an advocacy campaign aimed at tackling ageism. To join the campaign, take the pledge and contribute to a world without ageism visit the EveryAge website.

 

New Women’s Health Strategy from Thorne Harbour Health 


This strategy draws from Thorne Harbour Health’s vast experience in working with LGBTIQ communities, including its ground-breaking work within the trans and gender diverse communities and its recent work with LGBTIQ women’s communities.

Recognising the unique set of challenges that face LGBTIQ women and their health and well-being, Thorne Harbour Health seeks to identify and address the existing gaps particular to this population’s health outcomes.

The strategy has been guided by the expertise within Thorne Harbour Health’s LGBTIQ Women’s Advisory Group. 

You can download it here.
 

Ensuring Health and Bodily Integrity - My Body My Choice


On 18 October the Australian Human Rights Commission released a new report: Ensuring health and bodily integrity: towards a human rights approach for people born with variations in sex characteristics, which makes significant recommendations to protect the human rights of people born with variations in sex characteristics.

Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM stated “This report is the culmination of over three years of extensive consultations, including with people born with variations in sex characteristics, who have strongly advocated for their right to life, bodily autonomy and integrity”.

The report makes 12 recommendations for a human rights-based approach to decision-making on medical interventions which aim to ensure that only interventions that are medically necessary may occur without the consent of people under the age of 18, consistent with international human rights law. 

You can read the full report here
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