October News

Hello Rainbow Network Community,

Today is International Pronouns Day so we are taking the opportunity to share a video about pronouns that Rainbow Network made last year in partnership with Headspace.
You can watch the video here…
To find out more about demystifying and celebrating gender diversity, check out The Pronoun Lowdown by Nevo Zisin.
For some pronouns fun, check out the online game created by Minus18.
You can play it here…

In the newsletter this month you will find some inspiring articles and plenty of resources relating to upcoming LGBTIQA+ days of significance, as well as some suggestions for accessing queer content on your small screens and on the big screen.

And don’t forget to register for our next Rainbow Network Community of Practice, coming up soon on November 9…
Register here
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Indigenous Voices

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Victoria names its first Indigenous LGBTIQ+ commissioner

Australia's first young, Indigenous and queer Commissioner is calling for better services and safer spaces for the First Nations LGBTIQ+ community.
"When I was in high school I was told that I would never succeed because I'd be an Aboriginal person," Todd Fernando says.
"And here I am as the youngest, first openly gay Indigenous commissioner."
Read the full article here…
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Events & Training

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Rainbow Network Community of Practice - AOD

In this session we will focus on alcohol and other drug (AOD) use amongst young LGBTIQA+ people, and we will be joined by special guests from Q Health.

What are some of the reasons that LGBTIQA+ young people you work with are using AODs?
What role do normalised drugs such as cigarettes and alcohol play in young people’s lives compared to more stigmatised illicit drugs?

As part of this discussion, you will also have an opportunity to debrief and connect with peers.
Register to attend here…
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Autistic LGBTIQA+ training

ICAN Network is an Autistic-led organisation dedicated to supporting and empowering Autistic young people, many who also belong to the LGBTIQA+ community. As part of their ongoing leadership in providing youth-informed resources, they are offering a free training session for adults who are keen to provide more meaningful support to Autistic LGBTIQA+ young people.
You can find out more about the training on this flier...

Arts & Culture

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LGBTQI+ Pride on iview

If your lockdown small screen entertainment could do with some more queer representation, this might be just the news you’re looking for! The ABC now has a dedicated collection of LGBTQI+ content available to view on iview.
Check out LGBTQI+ Pride on iview here…
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Melbourne Queer Film Festival

The 31st Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF), Australia’s largest celebration of queer film, will be held in Melbourne from 18 - 29 November 2021.
The festival will screen in ACMI in Federation Square, Cinema Nova in Carlton and Village Cinemas Jam Factory in South Yarra.
Check out the MQFF website here for more info and to see the program when it launches on October 27…

Resources & Research

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Research Matters: Bisexuality, health and wellbeing

To mark the occasion of Celebrate Bisexuality Day on 23 September, Rainbow Health Victoria shared their latest edition of Research Matters, a fact sheet on bisexuality, health and wellbeing.
You can find this edition of Research Matters here…

Previous editions can be found here
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Podcast - Innies + Outies

Last week, October 11, was National Coming Out Day and the ABC launched a new podcast series called Innies + Outies. Hosted by Walkley Award-winning journalist Mon Schafter, the podcast will share fascinating stories from diverse LGBTQIA+ Australians about coming out or staying in. The first episode is available now.
Listen to Innies + Outies here…

Article – LGBTQ+ history 

Scotland is set to become the first country in the world to introduce LGBTQ+ inclusive lessons to their school curriculum.
In 2021, all public schools will receive lessons in issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community such as same-sex marriage, same-sex parenting, homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and the HIV and AIDS epidemic.
Read the full article here...

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Article – From denial to unconditional love, a mother rejoices in her trans child

Many of you will be familiar with Nevo Zisin from their workshops in schools, trainings and books. In this article, Nevo shares their experience of coming out and their mother Sharon shares her experience of the journey to supporting her trans child.
Read the article here...
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October 24-30 Ace Week

Ace Week, formerly Asexual Awareness Week, is an international campaign dedicated to raising awareness and expanding education of asexuality. The Ace Week website has a whole range of resources available to improve ace inclusion, education and foster ace pride.
You can find the resources here…
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October 26 Intersex Awareness Day

We recently shared these new resources with you, but with Intersex Awareness Day and Intersex Day of Solidarity (Nov 8) coming up, we are sharing them again.
Inclusion guide to respecting people with intersex variations
Information about intersex people, helpful terminology, defining inclusion, measuring inclusion, intake forms and research, and a checklist on using appropriate terminology.
Raising the bar
How to be an intersex ally, respecting the diversity of the intersex population, doing your research, using appropriate language, acknowledging leadership and prioritising consent. 


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Safe Always

Rainbow Health Victoria is proud to have supported the development of Thorne Harbour Health’s new Safe Always campaign, for wider recognition and understanding of LGBTQ family violence in mainstream service providers and community.
Find out more about the Safe Always campaign here…
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Well Together – BLOOM

Eating Disorders Victoria runs online support groups. BLOOM is a group exclusively for the LGBTQIA+ community who are experiencing eating disorders. It is a safe space to discuss the dynamic challenges of eating disorders, body image, gender identity and sexuality and how this is impacting you at the moment. You can find the flier here…

Or find out more and register to attend here…


Mental Health Advisory Bodies

The Victorian Government is inviting expressions of interest for Chairs of the eight new Mental Health and Wellbeing Interim Regional Bodies to be established across the state.
The Interim Regional Bodies were a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, and will be based in the three metropolitan regions of North-East, South-East and Western metro as well as in the Grampians, Loddon Mallee, Hume, Gippsland and South-West areas of regional Victoria.
Applications close November 7.
Find out more and apply here…
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Employment - Rainbow Families

Rainbow Families has an opportunity to join their small team in a new Development Officer role. The aim of this role is to continue to build Rainbow Families as a sustainable and impactful organisation, dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ parents and their families. 
Find out more about this role here…

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Employment – VincentCare

Are you an experienced case manager who’d love to work with LGBTIQ clients in a Rainbow Tick Accredited organisation? VincentCare Victoria is seeking an appropriately-qualified person to take on the position of Key Worker LGBTIQ Diversity Portfolio.
Find out more about this role here…
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