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May News: IDAHOBIT 2021

Today is IDAHOBIT Day, an international day to demonstrate pride in LGBTIQ communities and re-commit ourselves to the work that still needs to be done for equality and inclusion.

At Rainbow Health Victoria, this means continuing our work in improving LGBTIQ inclusion in service delivery. This is vital to improving health and wellbeing outcomes for LGBTIQ communities into the future. You can view our IDAHOBIT video message here.

In this newsletter, we are also really pleased to include the next edition of Research Matters, a series that aims to deliver accessible and concise briefings on current research relevant to LGBTIQ health and wellbeing. This issue is titled Research Matters: Trans and gender diverse health and wellbeing, and has been co-produced by researchers and community advocates. You can find previous issues of Research Matters here.

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Warm regards,

Marina Carman
Rainbow Health Victoria
View our Research Matters series
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Research Matters: Trans and gender diverse health and wellbeing

To coincide with IDAHOBIT Day, Rainbow Health is proud to share a new briefing paper on trans and gender diverse health and wellbeing

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A video message from Rainbow Health Victoria


IDAHOBIT Day is a day to demonstrate pride in LGBTIQ communities, and the work that still needs to be done for inclusive services. A video message from Rainbow Health Victoria

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Celebrate IDAHOBIT with Minus18
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How to have a great IDAHOBIT at work

Minus18 has put together a suite of ideas and resources to help you celebrate IDAHOBIT at work, including downloadable toolkits, videos and tips.

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Including education in your IDAHOBIT celebrations

Digital resources, streamable keynotes and other resources – Minus18 has collected together a range of educational resources for IDAHOBIT events.

Living & Loving in Diversity: Professional development

Book a free panel event for your organisation with the creators of the AGMC's Living & Loving in Diversity: an anthology of multicultural queer adventures. The presentation covers the intersectional experiences of multicultural, multifaith LGBTIQ communities, including stigma, shame, family separation, conversion practices, religious vilification and discrimination. Contact Maria Bololia for bookings.

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Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service IDAHOBIT webinar

Looking for an IDAHOBIT event to join today? Register now to join the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service for an IDAHOBIT yarn on safe and inclusive practices on Zoom at 2pm this afternoon. With Tarneen Onus-Williams, Jade Johnson, Dr Crystal McKinnion and Denise McGuiness.

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Embracing Equality Charter

Victoria’s leading peak organisations for key service sectors have joined together to release the Embracing Equality charter and pledge for organisations, outlining a shared commitment to uphold the human rights of LGBTIQ people, ensure LGBTIQ inclusive services and education, and build a sustainable community-controlled LGBTIQ sector.

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Fact sheet: Gender Equality Act and LGBTQ+ issues

The Victorian Pride Lobby has released a new fact sheet exploring the new Victorian Gender Equality Act and LGBTQ+ inclusion in gender equity planning in government and the public sector.

Rainbow Talk conversation cards

Developed in conjunction with Rainbow Network, this conversation card resource from Anglicare Victoria helps facilitate respectful conversations about diversity and identity.

Midsumma Pride March

This year's Midsumma Pride March will be livestreamed, with in-person attendance limited. Catch the stream at the Midsumma facebook page, or join your local watch party.

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