December News

Hello Rainbow Network Community,

2020 is nearly over and wow, what a time it’s been.
In a year that taught us so much about the importance of community, networks, peers and support we want to extend an extra special thank you to everyone who shared their time, knowledge and expertise with us over 2020. From everyone who presented at our events, to those who attended our community of practice groups, thank you for continuing to show up for the work and each other.

And Victoria, it can’t go unmentioned – good on us!!!

The season ahead is exciting in many ways, it may mean the beach, friends and family and holidays away. But for many it can be a very hard time. At Rainbow Network we would like to extend our love and gratitude to those going through hard times or supporting others through hard times. Remember to reach out if you need to, QLife and Switchboard are both here to support the LGBTQIA+ community.

I hope there are some days of leave to look forward to for you all.
See you in 2021!
Warm regards,

Rainbow Network

Indigenous Voices

Intersectionality is a triple glass ceiling
by Courtney Hagen

Last month I had the great opportunity to speak at an ACON sanctioned Pride in Diversity- Sapphire Initiative event. My co-host and co-founder of our social media platform and podcast ‘Coming out, Blak’ Matika and I joined the legendary ACON hosts during NAIDOC week to share our perspectives and experiences.
A major topic discussed were the various societal ceilings which being intersectional present. This is recognised in social interactions, education, employment and business. Matika and I both provided insights from our experiences identifying as Aboriginal, a woman and a lesbian.

I’ve had various personal experiences of this triple glass ceiling, where more often than not, I feel I am the only person (if not, one of a handful) of people in sport, recreation, work and education environments which in turn can be incredibly isolating. This in turn results in extra labor and energy to educate people around me constantly just so the next person doesn’t feel the same way in these places.

We both discussed lack of education in our cohorts and the need to create a more aware and engaged society in general, for better understanding and for promotion of more genuine, authentic inclusion and engagement methods for various industries to apply.

Check out the ACON pride inclusion programs to learn how you can further promote and create genuine, authentic relationships with the community around you


One of the highlights of the Rainbow Network newsletter this year has been the addition of the Indigenous Voices section with our guest contributor,
Courtney Hagen.
I would like to take a moment to say thank you Courtney for coming on board, you are a legend! And some congratulations are also in order. Courtney has been named Changemaker of the Year in the Out for Australia 30 under 30 awards, with Matika Little, her co-producer on their podcast Coming Out, Blak.

Courtney has also just been selected to take part in the inaugural Siren Emerging Sports Writer Program which you can read more about here... 


Minus18 Queer Formal

The Minus18 Queer Formal will be held online this year so any young person can attend safely, no matter their location. On Saturday 5 December from 7pm, they’ll be broadcasting drag, bands, tunes and pride LIVE from St Kilda Town Hall via Zoom. This event if for LGBTQIA+ young people aged 12-19 and tickets are free. Tickets here...

Resources & Research

Report launch - Private Lives 3  

The report on the findings from the Private Lives 3 (PL3) survey was launched on Nov 15. You can watch a recording of the launch here.

PL3 is Australia’s largest national survey of the health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people to date. It was conducted by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University.
The survey provides vital information for health professionals, service providers, community organisations and governments to better understand and support the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ people in Australia.
Downlaod PL3 Report

News – Victoria bans conversion “therapy”

Last week laws were passed in the Victorian Parliament banning conversion “therapy”.

The new legislation outlaws the practice and the fines that will be faced for seeking to change someone’s sexuality or gender identity are close to $10,000 or up to 10 years in jail.

“We’re sending a clear message: no one is ‘broken’ because of their sexuality or gender identity,” - Victoria’s attorney general, Jill Hennessy.
Read more …

Resources – Proud 2 Play

Proud 2 Play focuses on increasing LGBTI+ engagement in sport, exercise and active recreation. They work with all levels of the sporting community, from individual participants and grassroots communities, to state and national sporting organisations. 

Proud 2 Play have developed a collection of resources for the sports community to better support LGBTI+ inclusion. Resources include short courses, posters, checklists and tip sheets.
Find the resources here...

Article – My Body/My Choice: Make space to talk about intersex human rights

This article by the WA representative for Intersex Peer Support Australia (name withheld to maintain privacy) is a call to the LGBTI community and to policy makers to ensure that intersex stories are not left out of the LGBTI agenda.

The writer shares their own story of receiving irreversible, life changing surgery as a young child that violated their human rights. The surgery was followed by years of hospital visits with no access to their own medical records or to psychological support.
Read more here...

Article – The power of intersectional stories

In this story Lee Carnie addresses the erasure of truth and of identities that results from false binary categories and the damage those categories cause to the mental health of people with intersectional experiences.

They speak from their own experience as a multiracial, gender non-conforming queer, and share a message of strength they wish they heard when they were younger, struggling and afraid.
Read the full story here...

Arts & Culture

Collaboration - Visible

Visible is a creative collaboration between young Australians experiencing mental health challenges and artists. These partnerships have produced an insightful collection of creative expressions.

This project was co-ordinated and curated by Sara who some of you may know from their work with Rainbow Network. The aim of the project is to help young people feel safe, supported and accepted by sharing stories and making the unseen seen.
Find out more about the project and view the expressions here...

Film – Happiest Season

It's that time of year – the time for Christmas rom-coms. Thankfully, this year, queer writer/director Clea DuVall has brought us a mainstream Christmas movie with LGBTQ representation, Happiest Season.

The story centres around Abby (Kristen Stewart) who is spending the holiday season with her girlfriend Harper (Mackenzie Davis) and Harper’s family, who Harper is not out to. 

In this video, which incorporates snippets from the film, Clea Duvall talks about her own coming out story and offers advice to others thinking of coming out these holidays. Happiest Season is on at the movies now!

Podcast – Trans and gender diverse experiences of the global pandemic

Transdemic is a 4-part, independent podcast about trans and gender diverse peoples' experiences in the global pandemic between May and August 2020.

It was intentionally produced before the dust had settled and people had re-framed the experience in the context of whatever it is that happens next. The producers wanted to record the ambivalence and complicated positive and negative experiences of trans and gender non-conforming people during this time of change.

The episodes cover health, policing, life under lockdown and home economics. Listen here …

Podcast – Pride Cuppa

To re-engage with the community Pride Cup has created a 6 week community sport, health & wellbeing podcast series. The series delves into ways to manage mental health and wellbeing with a focus on Australian sporting culture.

Each week the hosts James and Kara will be joined by sporting and health experts to share their experiences and knowledge. Listen here…

Podcast - When Love Wins

When Love Wins is a podcast series from Switchboard. It shares with us stories of the Australian marriage postal survey from the perspective of queer and trans people of colour.

Almost two years on from the marriage postal survey, When Love Wins invites us to listen to stories that will unsettle the glamour around the 2017 yes vote for same-sex marriage. You’ll hear stories of love, triumph, family and culture.
Listen here...


Pride Cup registrations open for 2021

Pride Cup are now taking registrations for clubs to host live Pride Cup events from Feb 1st onwards in 2021. They already have several clubs registered and planning their events and encourage you start the conversation with your clubs to bring LGBTI+ inclusion into as many community sport events as possible. Contact with questions or head here to get started.

Employment – Thorne Harbour Health Jobs

Counsellors x 2 
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Accessible Psychological Interventions Counsellor 
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Family Therapist 
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Employment – Project Officer Rainbow Connections

The Rainbow Connection Project Officer will be responsible for establishing, co-designing, implementing and facilitating a LGBTQIA+ social support program for young people.
Find out more … 

Employment – Minus18 Fundraising Relationships Coordinator

This is a new role at Mins18 and involves incoming relationships, generating new opportunities, team, culture and reporting.
Find out more …
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