November News

Hello Rainbow Network Community,
Can you believe it’s nearly that time of year again!?
We will be taking a break over December and January and will be back to our regular newsletter programming in February 2022.
We hope you all get some time to relax, refresh and reflect on what we have managed to get through together over the last year. It’s been a steep learning curve for everyone, and while 2020 presented many challenges, 2021 presented new ones.

In the LGBTIQA+ youth sector, the increased workload and shifting nature of the work environment has highlighted the importance of addressing burnout. This recent blog post from YACVic focusses on ways for youth workers to find their own ‘burnout boundary’. At Rainbow Network we created a resource looking at ways to create the balance to avoid burnout, which you can find here: Balance or Burnout
Take care, enjoy some sunshine and see you next year.
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Warm regards,

Rainbow Network

Indigenous Voices

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New Mural

Aretha Brown is a young, queer Gumbaynggirr artist and she has recently completed a new mural in Carlton, which she revealed via her Instagram page @_enterthedragon_
Some of Aretha’s words from her post:
We have the right to feel safe in our own streets AND we also have the right to be reflected back in the environments we occupy and call home. 
Physically taking up space by making public art, and then letting that space become sacred to me, is how I decolonize.”
Check out the whole post here…
 Or check out the mural in real life at La Mama Theatre  on Lygon Street in Carlton.
Image credit: @_enterthedragon_

Events & Training

pride flags and text reading HEY Day 2021

Coming up soon!
HEY Day 2021

Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Day celebrates the work of the LGBTIQA+ youth sector in Victoria, showcasing new projects and research intended to improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ young people.
This year the online event will include an announcement of the recipients of the Round 11 HEY Grants, a grant program that supports innovative and youth-led projects for supporting LGBTIQA+ young people across Victoria. There will also be a film screening, workshops and a panel discussion hosted by Todd Fernando, Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities.
Register for HEY Day
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Website launch – Transfemme

Transfemme is a new website designed to promote healthier relationships between trans women and cisgender men.

The website has been created by the Zoe Belle Gender Collective in collaboration with a collective of trans women, and cis men who have experience with dating trans women. The content is based on the collective’s own lived experiences and is drawn from 30 confidential interviews conducted in mid-2021.
Transfemme has been supported by Rainbow Health Victoria.

Website launch:  Friday 26 November, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Register to attend the Transfemme launch here…
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Head Outside – online nature connection workshop

Queer Nature Connection is offering a one-off free 2 hour version of their ‘Head Outside’ nature connection sessions for Service Providers working with LGBTQIA+ communities and young people, on 9 December. This session is for you if you or your organisation are looking to:
  • Discover new, innovative and holistic offerings, experiences and programs for young LGBTQIA+ people (including specialised programs for transgender, non-binary and gender diverse folks)
  • Experience, as a participant, the kind of workshops we offer
  • Support staff by engaging in a nourishing and wellbeing-centred event at the end of an epic year
  • Connect more with nature yourself
Find out more about Head Outside here...
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FREE digital LGBTQIA+ inclusion education workshops

Minus18 is offering free workshops for regional and rural schools and community organisations across Australia. Workshops are available for adults and young people.
The sessions will be delivered digitally (live, with loads of interactivity), ideally before June 2022.
More information and an expression of interest form to share is available here...
Rainbow graphic and text reading Rainbow Local Government Conference

Rainbow Local Government Conference

To be held in February 2022, the Rainbow Local Government Conference will help support elected councillors to achieve real change for LGBTIQA+ people in their community. It will also support the council officers who are responsible for both raising community issues with council, and implementing council decisions.
Find out more and purchase tickets here…

Arts & Culture

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Visual art at the Pride Gallery

The Pride Centre has a visual art program dedicated to art by LGBTIQ+ artists and/or art that focuses on LGBTIQ+ issues. The inaugural Pride Gallery exhibition identity, adornment, transformation explores notions around discovery of identity, resonance of adornment and bearings of transformation from an LGBTIQ+ Indigenous contemporary lens.
You can view the exhibition at the new Pride Centre in St Kilda until 10 January.
Find out more here…

Image: Paul McCann
Gumnut Mask
eucalyptus gumnuts, feathers, paint
screen shot of Nevo Zisin reading poetry in front of trans pride flag

Readings and performance -Trans Day of Remembrance

On Saturday 20 November, Yarra Libraries hosted as event commemorating and observing Trans Day of Remembrance, a day of mourning, reflection and togetherness, featuring a short vigil, readings and performances by Nevo Zisin and Amao Leota Lu, and hosted by Mama Alto, CEO of Transgender Victoria.

You can view a recording of the event here…
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Book – Girl, Transcending

AJ Clementine is a young model, digital creator, transgender advocate and now a published writer. Her book, Girl Transcending – Becoming the women I was born to be, was published on November 2 and contains stories from AJ’s childhood and her gender transition journey as well as advice and inspiration.

Archer Magazine recently shared and excerpt from the book looking at toys and gender identity which you can read here…

On the first day of Trans Awareness Week this year, AJ walked the catwalk at Melbourne Fashion week. You can see some footage of the event here...
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Literature – Trans Writers

“Transness is a bright thread in the tapestry of literary history, going back to even the earliest written records of civilisation.”

In this long form article, The troubled golden age of trans literature, the author Eli Cugini (they/them) reflects on the history of trans writers and mentions many books and authors which may be of interest to anyone looking to expand their knowledge of trans literature. Eli applauds the recognition that some trans authors are finally receiving but also writes: “Most trans writers still can’t get published, most trans writers who get published don’t get paid much, and cis writers continue to reap rewards for writing transphobic books.”
Read the full article here…

Image: Trans writers Akwaeke Emezi, Aiden Thomas, Jordy Rosenberg, Kama La Mackerel, Vivek Shraya, Casey Plett, Torrey Peters and Andrea Lawlor. Credit: Brian Wong/Xtra

Resources & Research

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Resource: Our Rainbow Lives

This new book is an introduction to LGBTIQA+ identity, experiences, sexuality, gender and bodies for people with intellectual disability and their supporters. It has been created by Inclusion Designlab and Rainbow Health Victoria in collaboration with many people with intellectual disability. 

You can find the book to read and download here…
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HEY stories - 
Student Voice Hub

The Student Voice Hub is an online space hosted by the Victorian Student Representative Council, where students can discuss issues that affect their education and come up with solutions with other students from around Australia. The Student Editorial Team were awarded a HEY grant to publish a series of pieces by LGBTIQA+ students living in rural and regional areas. You can find the pieces from the HEY project that have been published so far here…

The team are accepting pitches up until the end of the year. You can find out more including how to submit a pitch here…

How to: ask about gender on surveys and forms

One of the first points of contact for many services will be an intake form. It’s important to show potential clients that your organisation or service is LGBTIQA+ inclusive from the very beginning so the language used on your intake form matters. In an article published on the Ygender website earlier this year, community member Kochava Lilit offers suggestions and includes examples of best practice as well as options to avoid including an explanation of what makes certain options problematic.
Find the article here…
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Report: Upholding our rights – LGBTIQA+ Attitudes Towards and Experiences with Police

The Victorian Pride Lobby has recently released a report drawing on the data they collected from a survey of over 1,500 LGBTIQA+ Victorians. The findings
indicate there is a long way to go for the police to gain the LGBTIQA+ community’s trust and that, for this to happen, there is a need for both attitudinal and systemic change.
You can download the full report here…


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QTIPOC online peer support group

InVisible is running a new QTIPOC online peer-support group. Led by, with, and for QTIPOC, the group is open to people 16-25 who identify as QTIPOC or who are exploring the intersections of their identity, gender, and/or sexuality through a culturally and spiritually diverse lens. The group is free to attend and meets fortnightly on Wednesdays on Zoom, 5:30-7pm.

To find out more and to register…
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Service – QHealth

In our most recent Rainbow Network Community of Practice meeting, we were joined by Jager and SJ from QHealth. QHealth is a counselling and support service for people who would like to talk about the concerns or impacts of their alcohol and drug use in a confidential, non-judgmental and queer-affirmative space.They are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, gender diverse, intersex, queer and questioning (LGBTIQA+) communities. All QHealth counsellors are LGBTIQA+ identifying.

Find out more about QHealth here…


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Employment – Neami Hawthorn

There is a youth support worker position vacant at Neami Hawthorn.  They describe themselves as a friendly bunch of people creating a culture of healthy mental health recovery at their residential site.
Applications close Sunday 6 December 2021.
Role: Community Rehabilitation Support Worker Youth Residential
Contract: Part Time (0.8 FTE) to June 2024
Find out more here… 
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Sexual Assault Services Victoria is looking for an Equity and Inclusion Officer – LGBTIQ

The City of Port Phillip is looking for an LGBTIQA+ Strategic Advisor

Pride Disability Services is looking for a Disability Client Service Manager

Transgender Victoria is looking for an LGBTIQA+ Educator
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