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Director's Report

Since GLHV posted its last e-news, Val’s has hosted the hugely successful third national LGBTI ageing and aged care conference, 62 per cent of Australians postal-voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, and we moved from Franklin Street to La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus ( While the postal vote finally acknowledged the legality and sanctity of our relationships, it also subjected LGBTI people, and in particular, trans and gender diverse people, to levels of public abuse we hoped were a thing of the past. Many of us are still dealing with the effects of that abuse and its ability to draw on fears and anxieties that lie just below the surface.
The shock of the postal vote and the move to Bundoora continue to have a significant impact on GLHV’s work. They are a timely reminder of how vital your support is to all our work and how important our partnerships are in the translation of research into policies, services and programs that value and affirm LGBTI people’s lives.

Speakers at the opening session of Val’s LGBTI ageing and aged care conference
The Third National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Conference
On 5-6 October 2017, Val’s hosted It’s about time: Rethinking LGBTI Ageing in Australia at Novotel on Collins, Melbourne. The conference was built on the experiences and voices of older LGBTI people and included keynote presentations from Professors Gillian Triggs and Karen Fredriksen-Goldsen (University of Washington). The conference was bookended by an LGBTI ageing forum at the Wheeler Centre (4 October) and The Coming Back Out Ball spectacular at the Melbourne Town Hall, hosted by All the Queens Men (7 October). For a more detailed report and fabulous photos from the conference go to[UNIQID]
LGBTI-Inclusive Practice

HOW2 Program and Rainbow Tick

GLHV commenced delivery of its first HOW2 Program for 2018 in March, with representatives from a wide range of health and human services. The program includes two representatives from VAC who will be part of the pool of facilitators GLHV can draw on to meet the growing demand for the HOW2 Program. If your organisation is thinking about developing LGBTI-inclusive practice and systems go to

GLHV conducted its third round of Rainbow Tick assessor training in Sydney in March with seventeen new QIP assessors registered.

According to QIP, 19 organisations around Australia have gained Rainbow Tick accreditation, with another 25 registered. Congratulations to Working It Out in Tasmania for becoming the first LGBTI organisation to gain the Rainbow Tick. For a full list of Rainbow Tick accredited organisations go to
LGBTIQ+ Young People and Youth Services
Rainbow Network (RN)

On the 22 November, RN in collaboration with Hume City Council Services, delivered an LGBTIQ+ young people’s information and training forum titled ‘Safe in Sunbury’. The training was co-delivered with ZBGC. On 27 February RN and Cricket Victoria presented Pride Cup 101 at the Junction Oval, with representatives from sporting clubs across Victoria sharing their experiences of organising their own Pride Cup events. The Minister for Diversity and for Mental Health, Martin Foley, and the Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, Ro Allen were speakers at both events.

In 2018, RN is launching a community of practice as a new way of supporting and networking for those working with LGBTIQ+ young people in Victoria. The first meeting is scheduled for 3 May. Rainbow Network members can register at
To become a RN member go to and hit the membership tag.

HEY Project

RN, in collaboration with HEY Partner agencies, is developing a project aimed at increasing LGBTIQ+ young people’s access to mental health services. It will include a best-practice guide on how place-based HEY partners can work with their local mental health services to provide appropriate referral pathways for LGBTIQ+ young people experiencing or at risk of mental health problems.

YACVic hosted an information session for the latest group of HEY Grant recipients on 20 March at La Trobe University’s Collins Street campus. The session provided an opportunity for new grant recipients to outline their project proposals and get to know HEY Partners and the supports they can provide. 
Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care

Val’s is coordinating the delivery of a further 12 sessions of LGBTI aged care training funded by the Commonwealth. This round of funding ends 30 June 2018. For details go to

Val’s was part of a 2-day meeting in Sydney in March convened by the National LGBTI Health Alliance to review the current national LGBTI aged care training package. The training will be updated and there was discussion about the development of an e-module and accompanying on-line resources. For more information go to

Val’s is in discussion with All The Queens Men about staging an all-day LGBTI ageing and aged care symposium and LGBTI seniors event later this year as a follow up to the 2017 LGBTI ageing and aged care conference and Coming Back Out Ball. The symposium is likely to focus on LGBTI affirmative aged care and examples of LGBTI-inclusive aged and community care programs and services. Check Val’s newsletter for more up-to-date information on the symposium.

Family Violence
GLHV has developed an all-day professional development, LGBTI- family violence module funded by the Victorian Government. We are in discussion with the Government to ensure roll out of the module and the HOW2 Program to all dedicated family violence services in Victoria by mid 2020. We hope to finalise the training calendar by late May 2018 so please keep an eye on our website for details.

GLHV also provided advice and input to Our Watch on a report analysing the current research on primary prevention of family violence against people from LGBTI communities. The report is being considered by Government and will be a valuable resource in the development of initiatives aimed at reducing LGBTI family violence.

Faith and Cultural Diversity
VTMH and GLHV held the first meeting of the OUT in the CALD Project Steering Committee on 13 February. Thank you to the members of the Committee whose experience and passion will shape the development of the project’s training packages and resources. VTMH will be leading a series of LGBTI, and faith and culturally diverse community consultations over the next 2 months which will also inform training and resource development. To register interest in attending the consultations contact VTMH at
Other events
Done and dusted
  • Better together conference
GLHV gave a number of presentations at Better Together, a national conference run by the Equality Project and held at the Melbourne Town Hall, 12-13 January. The conference aimed to facilitate a wide ranging conversation about LGBTIQ rights in Australia. Details of the conference proceedings and ‘Where to next?’ can be accessed at
  • The Religious Freedom Review's Expert Panel
GLHV was one of a number of LGBTI organisations and allies who presented to The Religious Freedom Review's Expert Panel in Melbourne on 21 February. The delegation was led by the Human Rights Law Centre and argued, strongly, for the repeal of outdated laws allowing religious organisations to discriminate against single mothers, pregnant women or LGBTI people. For details of the presentation and data provided by GLHV to the Panel on the effects of discrimination on LGBTI people’s health and wellbeing see the HRLC’s excellent press release at
  • La Trobe University Pride Festival
For the first time, Pride Week events took place at most of La Trobe University’s campuses, 21 to 28 March. The theme for this year’s festival was ‘Community through Diversity’. Imam Nur Warsame, Australia’s first openly gay Muslim Imam, was ‘in conversation’ on 28 March at 1pm at the Budoora campus. 
LGBTI advocates and their allies at the Religious Freedom Review’s expert panel
  • Health in Difference Conference
The program for the upcoming Health in Difference Conference in Sydney (11-13 April) is now live. The conference is run by the National LGBTI Health Alliance and promises to be the most wide ranging and diverse Health in Difference to date. GLHV@ARCSHS are well represented with 7 staff giving 8 presentations, including the second episode of Pick-a-Box: Gender Diversity Through the Ages, which first aired in 2017 at the 3rd National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Conference in Melbourne! For details of the Program go to 
  • Emergency management conference
GLHV will be part of an exciting session on ‘LGBTI-inclusive emergency management’ at the national Diversity in Disaster conference to be held at the MCG, Melbourne 17-18 April. The session is hosted by the Gender and Disaster Pod. To register for the conference go to
Call for Survey participants - Lesbian, Bisexual or Queer (LBQ) Women’s Socialising and Alcohol
As part of VicHealth’s Alcohol Culture Change Initiative, the VAC will be launching a new campaign working with the LBQ women’s community in the regional areas of Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Morwell. If you are 18 years or over and identify as an LBQ woman, VAC and VicHealth invite you to answer some questions about the way Victorian’s socialise, particularly when alcohol is available. 
To start the survey click here or contact Rachel Cook on 03 9865 6700 for a paper copy of the survey. The survey closes midnight Monday 2 April.
Welcome to Ivy McGowan, a fabulous addition to the ARCSHS administration team, who will be providing program support (and advice) to GLHV staff.

Ivy recently graduated from a bachelor’s degree in sociology and her dream is to help create a more inclusive and celebratory society for all LGBTI people. Ivy has previously volunteered for Minus18 and Safe Schools Coalition Victoria. Ivy is incredibly excited to be a part of the GLHV team and contribute to the amazing and important work to come in 2018. 
And welcome back to the equally fabulous Matt Parsons, who will be leading GLHV’s delivery of LGBTI training and resource development into the mainstream family violence sector.

Matt is passionate about recognising sexuality and freedom of sexual expression as human rights. Matt has worked in a range of different roles in various NGO’s to improve the access of disadvantaged populations to sexual health rights and has spent a number of years developing and delivering LGLBT-inclusive service training. 
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