Sector Updates

Hi everyone,

Spring is in the air! We hope that everyone is keeping well, and your work in LGBTIQ inclusion is continuing to be productive.

Our next QFVSN Meeting is coming up in a few weeks on Thursday September 8 at 2:00pm. We hope to see you there!

On August 31, we will be launching a new guide in our Pride in Prevention series. This guide is focused on building partnerships between the sectors engaged in LGBTIQ health and wellbeing, and prevention of family violence and violence against women. The Pride in Prevention Partnership Guide provides additional guidance and practical advice about building partnerships to support the primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities.

We are also pleased to announce a new series of events that will share findings from the latest research on LGBTIQ health and wellbeing, and its implications for policy and practice. The first of the Research Matters forums will be on September 12, and will focus on recent analyses of the data from Private Lives 3 on family and intimate partner violence.

As always, we have also included some other events from LGBTIQ organisations around Australia, and other relevant research and news.

We hope to see you all at the next Network meeting, or very soon.
Warm regards,

Shamini, Ash and Amelia

Queer Family Violence Sector Network

QFVSN Meeting 3

Our next QFVSN Meeting is coming up on Thursday 8 September, at 2:00 pm. Come along to hear from our sector partners about what's happening in LGBTIQ inclusion within the family violence sector in Victoria and nationally.

Date: Thursday September 8 2022
Time: 2:00-3:00pm
Online via Zoom

QFVSN Meeting 2 Minutes

If you weren't able to join us in June for meeting 2 of 2022, catch up on the sector and organisational updates by reading the minutes. All QFVSN meeting minutes are saved within the QFVSN Dropbox.
RSVP to QFVSN Meeting 3

Pride in Prevention: Partnership Guide Launch

Rainbow Health Australia is proud to announce the launch of the new resource, Pride in Prevention Partnership Guide: a guide for partnerships to support primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities.

This guide builds on Pride in Prevention: a guide to primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities, which drew together existing research and policy frameworks, and put forward a new conceptual model for understanding LGBTIQ experiences of family violence, along with priority actions for primary prevention.

The new guide provides additional support to build the expertise and capacity of both LGBTIQ practitioners and organisations, and family violence prevention practitioners and organisations, in the design and delivery of primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities.

We will be holding the launch over Zoom, and the event will be recorded and captioned.

The event will feature opening messages from Ros Spence, Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, and Tania Farha, CEO of Safe and Equal. A panel will be held with project partners from Rainbow Health Australia, Zoe Belle Gender Collective, and Safe and Equal who will discuss their experiences and learnings from working together.

Date: Wednesday 31 August 2022
Time: 1:00-3:00pm
Online via Zoom

For more details and to register your attendance, please follow the link below.

Register your attendance

New forum series: Research Matters

Rainbow Health Australia is launching a new series of events that will build further on our Research Matters print resources.

In the new Research Matters forums, we will share findings from the latest research on LGBTIQ health and wellbeing, discuss current practice experience and how emerging research findings can help inform and assist communities, organisations, service providers and government to improve health, wellbeing, and inclusion for LGBTIQ people.

In this first session, we will host Dr. Natalie Amos, Research Officer from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS). She will discuss new findings that indicate LGBTQ adults who experience family and intimate partner violence may not recognise these experiences, or name them as family violence.

A facilitated discussion will follow about the implications of these findings for community and sector approaches to working with LGBTIQ people experiencing family and intimate partner violence.

Date: Monday 12 September 2022
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Online via Zoom

To register your attendance, please follow the link below.

Register your attendance

Upcoming Events

Wear It Purple Day - Friday 26 August 2022

Every year, thousands of schools, community organisations, universities and workplaces hold events across Australia for Wear It Purple Day.

As a day of significance, it focuses on LGBTIQA+ youth and supporting them to be proud of who they are and who they are becoming. Wear it Purple Day is now an international movement of expression, celebration and support.

By wearing purple on the last Friday of August, you can show your support for LGBTIQA+ young people.

Wear it Purple Resources

Wear It Purple Day with Switchboard and Koorie Pride

This Wear it Purple Day, join Switchboard Victoria and Koorie Pride Victoria for a yarn with Uncle Jack Charles. This Thursday, we're yarning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA+ suicide prevention and mental health.

Date: Thursday 25 August 2022
Time: 12:00- 1:30pm
Online via Zoom

Register here

Stand Bi Us Forum 2022

Following the success of our first and second free events in 2020 and 2021, bi+ organisations across the continent come together once more to commemorate and celebrate Bi+ Visibility Day! An important day for the multi-gender attracted community.

This year’s online and in-person events  will address many wonderful bi+ topics, including intersectionality, relationships, our networks and what it takes to run them, bi+ voices elevated and visible, life experiences, our non-binary identity, dating and much more. We’ll reflect on our progress since Bi+ Visibility Day began in 1999 and celebrate our fabulously diverse and talented community. ​Finally, we are here to bring our brilliant community together over three days, to amplify our pride, and self-expression, both in the virtual space and in-person events.

Stand Bi Us Program

In the News

"We're starting to see change"

"We're starting to see change" says Todd Fernando, Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ Communities.

According to Fernando, it is only in the last decade that there has been a seismic shift in perspective and “that we can be excellent and successful, that we can thrive and have healthy relationships, that we can be leaders in our various fields.” Mainstream spaces are not the only ones that can be exclusionary, queer spaces too can exclude Aboriginal people and other people of colour. Fernando points out the way that Aboriginal or people of colour are regulated in rainbow spaces when they are brought in to either do an acknowledgement or welcome to country, dance or other ways to showcase their culture. 

“We weren’t trusted to design queer spaces. And that is disappearing,” says Fernando. “In my role of Commissioner not only am I trusted to design LGBTIQ+ spaces, I’m also trusted to lead a group of people in Victoria, about what it is to be a part of the rainbow community. And that’s really exciting. I think we’re starting to see that change.”

Read the full article here

Family Violence Training

LGBTQ Recognise, Respond and Refer Training

Rainbow Health Australia, in collaboration with Thorne Harbour Health, are running limited training sessions for LGBTIQ+ peer workers. The training is focussed on the 3R's principles of Recognise, Respond and Refer, and will support participants to recognise violence in LGBTIQ+ relationships, respond in a culturally safe way, and refer the individual to relevant support services.

We are currently gathering interest for this training, so if you might be interested please leave your email address using the link below, and we will be in touch once further details are confirmed.
LGBTQ 3Rs training enquiry

Service Updates

Futures Free From Violence

Futures Free from Violence (FFFV) offers women, trans, and gender diverse people who have used force and/or violence in family and intimate partner relationships the opportunity to work towards change in both a supported group and one-to-one therapeutic environment.

We aim to facilitate understanding of participants’ experiences, actions and thinking in a judgement-free environment, which considers how beliefs are shaped by our values and experiences.
More information about FFFV

Sector Research

Paid consultation: 
Domestic Violence and Bi+ experiences

Melbourne Bisexual Network (MBN) is seeking a paid consultant for a small, short term project on Domestic Violence and Bi+ experiences, funded by a Victorian Government grant. We know that domestic and family violence affect Bi+ people in significant and nuanced ways, and we're keen to develop the capacity of the sector through this project. Bi+ and multi-gender attracted practitioners are especially welcome. Please get in contact with Juniper Muller to learn more about this collaboration.

First Australia-wide survey: The reality of LGBTQIA+ forcibly displaced people

Forcibly Displaced People Network (FDPN) is proud to launch the first Australia-wide survey to comprehensively capture the experiences of displacement and settlement of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people. 

The aim of this survey is to collect information about the experiences and barriers of LGBTIQA+ forcibly displaced people in Australia so we can advocate for more welcoming and inclusive support. 
LGBTIQA+ forcibly displaced person means:
  • An asylum seeker,
  • A refugee or,
  • A migrant (both temporary and permanent) who is from a non-western country and who was not able to safely live there as an LGBTQIA+ person in their country of origin.
Participate here

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