May News

Hello Rainbow Network Community.
Happy IDAHOBIT week - I hope all your events ran smoothly and you’re feeling one step closer to a world free from LGBTIQA+ discrimination!
If you missed the IDAHOBIT message we sent you on May 17, we shared a video message from Marina Carman, Director of Rainbow Health Victoria, that you can watch here.

This month in our Indigenous Voices section, we are sharing the latest piece Courtney Hagen has written as part of the Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program.
And, as always, we have a great range of events and resources to keep you informed and inspired and also some exciting opportunities.
Warm regards,

Rainbow Network

Indigenous Voices

Taylor Ling stands on grass proudly in cricket uniform

Beyond the binary: Taylor Ling on being their true self
by Courtney Hagen

Looking out onto the field at Bradman Oval, a rookie player stands for a moment to take in Gundungurra and D’harawal country beneath their feet. Donning the prestigious NSW Indigenous jersey for the first time, and marking a new story in cricket’s history book.

Taylor Ling’s rise has been a long time coming, both for sport, and the Australian pastime entrenched within its national identity. Taylor’s debut for the NSW Indigenous cricket team marks the first elite state representation of a non-binary athlete in Australian cricket. 
Continue reading 'Beyond the binary'…

Visible Profile

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Visible profile – Niharika x Shyamala

Visible is a creative collaboration between young Australians experiencing mental health challenges and artists. These partnerships have produced an insightful collection of creative expressions. We are excited to share an expression in our newsletter each month, drawn from the story of one of the LGBTIQA+ young people involved in the project.

This month we are featuring Niharika’s story.

Through an original song and dance piece, Niharika Hiremath and artist Shyamla Eswaran convey Niharika’s journey from feelings of anxiety and hopelessness to empowerment and self-love. The dance builds a lyrical narrative through classical Indian mudras, while a fusion of alternate dance styles represents Niharika finding the courage to challenge expectations and express her true self.

View the expression here...

Events & Training

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Rainbow Ball

After having to cancel the Rainbow Ball in 2020 due to the bushfire crisis then the pandemic, the North East Pride Collective have been busy organising not one but two events! B1 will be held in Albury and is already booked out, but there are a few spots left for B2 in Benalla. Register for B2 here... 
And download the flier to share.
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Reshape Our Future

Discount tickets for Rainbow Network

Reshape Our Future is a 1-day youth forum and 2-day youth sector conference, happening across various locations plus online, presented by YACVic from 31 May to 2 June.
YACVic are offering discounted tickets to Rainbow Network members. To access a discount code contact Derm Ryan:
The Youth Forum is entirely youth-led and youth-designed. It will provide an opportunity to connect with hundreds of diverse young people across Victoria, and be at the forefront of the movement of young people leading and advocating for change.
The Youth Sector Conference will bring together workers who support young people, policy-makers and thought leaders from multiple sectors, including young people, to discuss and address key challenges, build connections, and showcase the cutting edge of youth work practice.
Find out more about 'Reshape Our Future…
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Midsumma Pride March

Midsumma Pride March 2021 will return to Fitzroy Street, St Kilda on Sunday May 23 with 8000 marchers, and the event will be live-streamed starting from 10:45am. The livestream will showcase exclusive performances and never-before seen footage of the first ever Pride March in Victoria.
Find out more about Pride March...

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Law Week events

Victorian Law Week runs from May 17-23 and includes both online and in-person events. There are a range of events designed to support the LGBTIQA+ community. These include sessions on understanding and responding to family violence in the LGBTIQA+ community; addressing trans and gender identify discrimination in the workplace; and promoting inclusion in sport.
Find out more about Law Week…

Arts & Culture

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New queer theatre project – Fundraiser

Justin Nott is a queer independent theatre director and playwright based in Melbourne. His current project is new play called Variations or Exit Music, which he describes as “…a personal response to the experience of depression and social isolation in the LGBTQIA+ community.”
Justin’s aims for the project include offering an opportunity to reconnect the queer arts community after COVID, highlighting important issues of mental health and wellbeing in the queer community and giving visibility to young, queer stories.

There is a fundraiser running to support this production. Find out more about this project and donate…
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Bent Street

Bent Street is a biannual publication of Australian LGBTIQA+ art, writing and ideas. It gathers essays, fiction, poetry, artwork, reflections, letters, blog posts, interviews, performance writing and more. Bent Street can be ordered through bookshops, purchased from online book sellers, or you can get it from the LGBTIQA+ bookshop Hares & Hyenas in Fitzroy.

Bent Street welcomes writing from the LGBTIQA+ community and submissions are open for the end-of-year edition.
Submissions to Bent Street

Resources & Research

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Research Matters: Trans and gender diverse health and wellbeing

Research Matters is a series of Rainbow Health Victoria resources co-produced by researchers and advocates, that aims to deliver accessible and concise briefings on current research relevant to LGBTIQ health and wellbeing. The latest edition, available here, focusses on trans and gender diverse health and wellbeing.
View previous editions of Research Matters 

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#PrideRespectEquality / Respect Victoria campaign

Respect Victoria has a new campaign aimed at raising awareness around family violence experienced by LGBTIQ+ people and encouraging people to listen, learn and speak up to support the LGBTIQ+ people in their family. The campaign website includes a general introduction to the issues and some relevant data from research, addresses what family violence can look like for LGBTIQ+ people, explores what the barriers to support are and suggests places to go for support. As part of the campaign there is also a series of short videos.
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Survey - LGBT+ people in religiously affiliated workplaces

In light of the Family First Bill in NSW and the imminent reintroduction of the religious freedom bill, a research team from the University of Tasmania and the University of Sydney have recently launched a national survey which looks at the experience of LGBT+ workers in education, health and social welfare organisations which are religiously affiliated.
The survey is part of their overall research project which aims to identify strategies to manage tensions between LGBT+ rights and religious freedom in Australia. You can find more information about the survey on this flier.
Complete the survey here... 
Please share with your networks.
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Mission Australia Youth Survey

Now in its 20th year, the 2021 Mission Australia Youth Survey is now open for young people aged 15-19. Last year 25,800 young people participated in the survey. For the first time equity and discrimination was identified as the top national issue for young people, increasing by more than 60 per cent since 2019.

The results from the survey are widely used by governments, NGOs and community groups to develop policies and youth programs.
The survey link and more information, including reports from the 2020 survey, can be found here...
Survey closes August 9.
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Research survey - Supporting careers of LGBTIQA+ students in Australian universities

Researchers at Flinders University are looking for participants to complete their survey. The aim of the project is to identify the unique needs and expectations of LGBTIQA+ students when preparing for and seeking employment following tertiary education.

They are looking for people to complete the survey who are Australian university students or recent graduates and from a gender or sexual minority. There are opportunities to win $20-$50 Woolworths/Coles gift cards. Please feel free to share with your networks. To find out more or to complete the survey go here…


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Upcoming vacancy - Neami Hawthorn Youth Recovery

The team at Neami Hawthorn have an upcoming vacancy for a young person (16-25) needing a 12 month stay in a supported mental health recovery facility.
For more information download this Neami Hawthorn flier or take an online tour here…

Referral forms are available here…
All referrals go through EACH Eastern: 1300 785 358.
Nia Beardsley, intake worker:

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Gender Identity support group

Mental Health Foundation Australia (MHFA) runs a twice monthly Gender Identity support group where transgender, gender-fluid and gender-questioning people meet to share and discuss their experiences, issues or any other matters in a safe space.

The aim of the group is to create a sense of connectivity among the members and participants and reduce isolation. Location: Suite J, 450 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141. Runs every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.
Contact : 03 9826 1422  
Helpline: 1300 MHF AUS (643 287)


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Lead Tenant for a youth LGBTIQ specific housing property

Family Access Network (FAN) are currently seeking to engage a Lead Tenant (can be a couple) aged 23 or over to assist them to support three young people in a LGBTIQ-specific shared living house. This is a voluntary live-in position that involves a 12-month commitment in exchange for rent-free accommodation. The Lead Tenant is required, in liaison with the agencies to ensure that house rules are maintained. The Lead Tenant is not a professional support role but rather a positive role model living in a shared property.
Find out more about the lead tenant role…
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Volunteer opportunity – Eastern Diversity Group

Family Access Network (FAN) also have another volunteer position vacant. The aim of the role is to assist in the group facilitation of FAN’s Eastern Diversity group (EDG). The EDG is a social group for young people aged 15-25 who are sexuality or gender diverse. It runs Thursdays during school term from 3-5pm and is facilitated by FAN and funded by The City of Whitehorse. Volunteers in groups provide a positive adult role model in the context of everyday social activities and interaction. For more information download the position description here...
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Tender for homelessness service

The Victorian Government is investing $3 million to deliver specialised services for LGBTIQ+ Victorians experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Tenders are open for LGBTIQ+ organisations and specialist homelessness services to jointly run a new LGBTIQ+ Homelessness Support Service.
At the announcement of the tender, the Age ran this article featuring Elvis Martin, a passionate advocate for LGBTIQ+ young people, about his lived experience of homelessness and the compounding factors of discrimination and poor mental health.
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Sign the Embracing Equality Pledge

This week, 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. You can sign the pledge here...
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Living & Loving in Diversity -
Host an event

Living & Loving in Diversity is an anthology of Australian multicultural queer adventures.
The creators of this book are offering to present in-person conversations for the LGBTIQ sector to help develop and enhance understanding of the intersectional experiences of the multicultural, multifaith LGBTIQ community.
The session will be a 1.5-2 hour panel discussion with a Q&A element. The panel will be made up of people of colour from multicultural and multifaith backgrounds who have contributed their stories of lived experience to the book.  They will discuss important topics which are rarely dealt with in depth in LGBTIQ trainings. Sessions are free of charge. If you are interested in hosting, contact Maria Bololia at
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