Sydney, Wednesday 4 December, 2013 – With less than two weeks to go, Sydney-based anti-bullying organisation Community Brave, is urging the LGBTIQ community to get behind their peer-to-peer funding campaign to help end bullying, homophobia and teen suicide. The campaign aims to fund their innovative new social media platform which provides an online service and [...]
Darebin’s coming out – send a picture and support our LGBTIQ community! At Council, we celebrate Darebin’s diversity and we’re proud to be home to a wide range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ). To show our support for the LGBTIQ community, Council will be representing Darebin at [...]
By Benjamin Riley on September 17, 2013 Support from the LGBTI community in North-East Victoria has helped drive the unlikely campaign by independent Cathy McGowan to a win in the federal seat of Indi, a campaign pitting her against sitting Liberal Party MP Sophie Mirabella. While the electorate has been called today for McGowan, the seat was [...]
A Fundraising Event for the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC Inc.) “About Face” is a photography-based, anthropological diversity in an Australian male context. These men are invited to be photographed and share their lived experiences on race, sexuality and beyond. “About Face” is a project of Keo Lin, a Melbourne based photographer. Wednesday, 25 September [...]
Sydney, Wednesday 4 December, 2013 – With less than two weeks to go, Sydney-based anti-bullying organisation Community Brave, is urging the LGBTIQ community to get behind their peer-to-peer funding campaign to help end bullying, homophobia and teen suicide.
The campaign aims to fund their innovative new social media platform which provides an online service and 24/7 support to young people experiencing bullying.
“The statistics around bullying and youth suicide are so alarming, especially amongst young LGBTIQ people. We know that when young people are experiencing difficulties or are thinking about suicide they reach out through social media,” said Community Brave Founder and Chairman, Rami Mandow
“This is why we need to be in the space. We need to be proactive rather than reactive and harness the power of social media for social good” he said.
Contributions start from as little as $2 and are rewarded with a range of quirky LGBTIQ focused products including colourful marriage equality thongs which give people an opportunity to protest with every footstep as they imprint the words ‘marriage equality’ in the sand.
Community Brave has so far garnered the support of a number of high profile figures including former Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Penny Wong, Alex Greenwich, Matt Thistlethwaite and Peter Garrett, who have all taken part in a series of online videos and images to help raise the profile of the foundation.
“Attitudes towards LGBTIQ people have shifted considerably in recent years but many young people still have to deal with harassment and abuse just for being who they are and are treated differently just because of who they love,” Rami said.
“We’re all very excited about this phase of the project. We are finally taking that step into engaging with all of our wonderful supporters to give them a chance to contribute towards the building of this anti-bullying platform to help LGBTIQ people live happier lives,” he said.
To be part of the anti-bullying campaign, visit www.startsomegood.com/combrv to make your contribution. All contributions of $2 or more are tax deductible and must be made by Saturday 14 December 2013.
About Community Brave
The Community Brave Foundation is a new collaborative community group made up entirely of volunteers who wish to create a sustainable and positive future for the youth of our community, specifically targeting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) youths. It is 100% community run as a non-profit funded by the community through donations & crowd funding. Changing the world through support, education and social media. www.communitybravefoundation.org #Combrv
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Darebin’s coming out – send a picture and support our LGBTIQ community!
At Council, we celebrate Darebin’s diversity and we’re proud to be home to a wide range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ).
To show our support for the LGBTIQ community, Council will be representing Darebin at Midsumma Carnival – Melbourne’s annual festival celebrating queer culture – on Sunday 12 January at Alexandra Gardens, and at the annual Pride March on Sunday 2 February in Saint-Kilda.
To work towards these events, Council is now gathering pictures of people who live, work, study or recreate in Darebin (or even beyond!) and want to show their support for our LGBTIQ residents. The pictures will be used to create a mosaic-style banner to represent Darebin at the Pride March.
Over the next few weeks, Council staff will be out and about at various community events taking photographs – so keep an eye out for them!
But there’s another way to participate!
Send us a picture directly (headshot on a white or cream background) by 12 January 2014 at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “Pride March banner”.
Make sure it’s a picture of yourself or you have proof of consent from the person in the shot (you can use the consent form attached and email it with the picture). For under 18s, getting a parent or guardian to fill in the consent form is mandatory! Darebin Consent Form
If you believe Darebin should be inclusive and respectful of all people, regardless of their sexuality or sex or gender identity, and want to show it, send us a picture and contribute to the Darebin Pride March banner!
Darebin City Council
By Benjamin Riley on September 17, 2013
Support from the LGBTI community in North-East Victoria has helped drive the unlikely campaign by independent Cathy McGowan to a win in the federal seat of Indi, a campaign pitting her against sitting Liberal Party MP Sophie Mirabella.
While the electorate has been called today for McGowan, the seat was still in doubt more than a week after the federal election, leaving the traditionally conservative region’s LGBTI community hopeful for a win by the pro-marriage equality independent.
Kelly Dwyer, a former convenor of local LGBTI organisation Hume Phoenix, told the Star Observer many LGBTI people got behind the McGowan campaign.
“Social media was the biggest way for us to get the word out there that there was an alternative in the North East, someone who actually supports GLBTI issues and same-sex marriage,” Dwyer said.
She explained part of McGowan’s success came from extensive community consultation on issues like marriage equality.
“I think everyone that has been supporting Cathy, they’re just glad that someone’s out there actually asking their opinion,” said Dwyer.
“To actually have someone like Cathy go out and say that it is an issue in the area, and to have someone who’s supportive, it’s very positive for our community and it’s been very much embraced.”
Mirabella angered many in the LGBTI community both in Indi and across Australia with a controversial leafleting campaign indicating McGowan’s support for marriage equality and featuring a child’s face along with the words:
“But man-woman marriage is special because ‘I have a right to my mum and dad.’”
Dwyer said the leaflet prompted a backlash against Mirabella in Indi, and was one of many reasons the community threw their support behind McGowan’s campaign.
She is also one of many in the local LGBTI community who believe McGowan’s success is representative of a shift in attitudes towards LGBTI issues in country Victoria. Dwyer said a marriage equality rally held in Albury last year drew huge crowds, representing a broad section of the community.
“People who’ve come in off the land, people who are of a much older generation who, traditionally I guess we assumed they were against same-sex marriage and any other GLBTI-related issues. But we certainly found out that’s not the case,” Dwyer said.
“North-East Victoria is quite open-minded as it turns out. It’s great to see that we can have someone who reflects those values in our community at a parliamentary level.”
The community’s shift in attitudes came to the fore last weekend as the local town of Yackandandah celebrated the Spring Migration festival, an annual LGBTI event now in its ninth year.
Festival organiser and local business owner Gary Hayward told the Star Observer this year’s festival was a huge success, in large part because the whole community has started to get involved in the event.
“Spring Migration this year was attended by not only the gay community, but the local netball girls had their grand final so they came, the football boys also came along. We have a charity bash, which is 150 motorbike riders, all very straight and macho, and they came up, and they all made the night even more magical because everyone got along together so well,” Hayward said.
“It’s embraced by most of the community now. It’s taken nine years, but step-by-step.”
The seat’s outcome came down to the wire, gluing the country to the official tally for an agonising 11 days. But Hayward said the people of Indi were good at being patient, explaining:
“Country people are quite used to waiting.”
A Fundraising Event for the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC Inc.)
“About Face” is a photography-based, anthropological diversity in an Australian male context. These men are invited to be photographed and share their lived experiences on race, sexuality and beyond. “About Face” is a project of Keo Lin, a Melbourne based photographer.
Wednesday, 25 September
6pm for 6.30pm start
Hares & Hyenas, 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy
Hosted by “Mo” from Amazing Race Australia Season 1.
Join us celebrating multiculturalism and diversity which is part of Melbourne’s GLBTIQ community. You can also meet some of the men who were involved in the project.
For more information and media inquiry, contact Keo on 0435 233 236 or email@example.com.
Monday September 16th, 2013, 10pm, Channel 31 (C31 is on Digital Channel 44).
Queer Young Thing delves into what it means to be young and queer in Australia today.
Host: Dylan Adler
Topic: Social media and bullying
We look at social media and bullying, aiming to empower anyone to seize control from those who try to bully them. Our young quests introduce the topic explaining their interactions and experiences. Included are some woops moments, which highlight what can happen as a result of placing innocent content onto social media.
This episode’s elders explain the common types of bullying, who are being bullied, who are doing the bullying, and how bullying can affect an individual.
Susan McLean disperses the myth that you can be forever anonymous on the internet.
The conversation of our guests is peppered with Vox Pops where we ask, “What is the best defence against Internet Bullies?”
Actions which anyone who is being bullied, their friend(s) or some-one who sees something
inappropriate, can do to STOP bullying – is the underlying message of this episode.
Guests, Youth: Anthony, Kassy
Guests, Elders: Malitha Perera (Headspace), Susan McLean (Cyber Safety Solutions), Nate Reid (Gay & Lesbian Switchboard)
Bent TV is a volunteer organisation that aims to produce engaging visual media affirming sexual and gender diversity to contribute to an inclusive society. For more information about Bent TV Incorporated, please visit: www.benttv.org.au
How to ask ‘R U OK?’
You don’t have to be an expert to support someone going through a tough time. You just need to be able to listen to their concerns without judgment and take the time to follow up with them.
Below are some simple steps to start a conversation. You can also download our presentation (PDF orPowerPoint or video format format) or check out ourvideo role play. You can also watch videos with leading experts or call any number of crisis lines for immediate support.
1. Ask R U OK?
- Start a general conversation; preferably somewhere private
- Break the ice with a joke
- Build trust through good eye contact, open and relaxed body language
- Ask open–ended questions
‘What’s been happening? How are you going?’
‘I’ve noticed that… What’s going on for you at the moment?’
‘You don’t seem like yourself and I’m wondering are you ok? Is there anything that’s contributing?’
2. Listen without judgement
- Guide the conversation with caring questions and give them time to reply
- Don’t rush to solve problems for them
- Help them understand that solutions are available when they’re ready to start exploring these
‘How has that made you feel?’
‘How long have you felt this way?’
‘What do you think caused this reaction?’
3. Encourage action
- Summarise the issues and ask them what they plan to do
- Encourage them to take one step, such as see their doctor
- If they’re unsure about where to go to for help, help them to contact a local doctor or the Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
‘What do you think might help your situation?’
‘Have you considered making an appointment with your doctor?’
‘Would you like me to make an appointment or come with you?’
4. Follow up
- Put a note in your diary to call them in one week. If they’re desperate, follow up sooner
- Ask if they’ve managed to take that first step and see someone
- If they didn’t find this experience helpful, urge them to try a different professional because there’s someone out there who can help them
‘How are things going? Did you speak with your doctor?’
‘What did they suggest? What did you think of their advice?’
‘You’ve had a busy time. Would you like me to make the appointment?’
Dealing with denial?
- If they deny the problem, don’t criticise them. Acknowledge they’re not ready to talk
- Say you’re still concerned about changes in their behavior and you care about them
- Ask if you can enquire again next week if there’s no improvement
- Avoid a confrontation with the person unless it’s necessary to prevent them hurting themselves or others
‘It’s ok that you don’t want to talk about it but please don’t hesitate to call me when you’re ready to discuss it.’
‘Can we meet up next week for a chat?’
‘Is there someone else you’d rather discuss this with?’
What if you think the person is considering suicide?
If you’re worried that someone you know is doing it tough or having suicidal thoughts, it’s important that you give that person an opportunity to talk about it. Find a quiet and private space to ask them how they’re feeling and whether they’ve had any thoughts about suicide. Speak in a calm, confident and non-judgmental manner to help them feel supported and reassured.
If someone says they’re thinking about suicide, it’s important you take it seriously. Tell them that you care about them and you want to help. Don’t become agitated, angry or upset. Explain that thoughts of suicide are common and don’t have to be acted upon.
It’s also essential that you determine whether they’ve formulated a plan to take their life. Ask if they’ve decided how they’ll kill themselves or if they’ve begun to take steps to end their life. If they have, it’s critical that you do NOT leave them alone and do NOT use guilt or threats to prevent suicide. Even if someone says they haven’t made a plan for suicide, you still need to take it seriously. Lack of a plan does NOT guarantee their safety. Get immediate professional help or call emergency help lines – such as Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467 – for advice and support.
People who are thinking about suicide may signal their suicidal intentions to others. In other cases, there may be no warning. It’s therefore critical that you regularly engage with family, friends and colleagues and provide them with the attention and time to ask them how they’re going.
What if I can’t speak to them face-to-face?
- Use the same 4 steps above and talk to them over the phone
- Avoid calling from a noisy place or whilst traveling
- If they’re in a rush, make a time to call them back
- Remember that they can’t see your face, so it’s important to verbally indicate your support
‘I wanted to call up and have a chat to you about how you’re going. Is now a good time?’
‘It sounds like you’re busy or in a rush. When is a good time to call you back to have a proper chat?’
Can I use social media?
- Social media is a great way to share personal tips and information on coping strategies and wellbeing tips (visit our facebook.com/ruokday for examples)
- Send positive messages but avoid publicly commenting on how someone’s coping
- Encourage a conversation over the phone or in person by suggesting a time to catch up
Think carefully before posting or sharing content. What may be appropriate face-to-face could be misinterpreted online. If you’re wondering how the comment might be interpreted, it’s probably best not to send it and to give them a call instead.
Source: R U OK? https://www.ruokday.com/
Coming Out Australia would like to acknowledge R U OK?
I want to share a sad story of someone I had never met, but heard so much about through the GLBTIQ community. This is a very powerful story, with a real strong message regarding transphobia.Thank you to the Socialist Alternative and Lewis Todman for the story. www.sa.org.au
RIP Amber Maxwell
The revolutionary socialist movement lost a great fighter on Saturday 24 August.
Amber Maxwell lived a difficult life. As a transgender woman, she found it impossible to find permanent work or accommodation. But through all her hardship, she put everything she had into the fight for socialism. Amber seemed to have boundless energy and enthusiasm for politics. Every week she would catch the bus from the homeless youth hostel where she lived to the University of Western Australia to help us build the organisation, sell Red Flag, fight cuts to higher education and campaign for refugee rights.
Amber was always the one leading impromptu paper sales, organising extra chalking and postering for demonstrations, selling far more copies of Red Flag than anyone else on stalls. Even when she was in her most depressed state, she always told me that socialist activism and fighting for a better world was the one thing that made life worth living. Rarely have I met a comrade so determined and dedicated.
Amber took her own life at the age of 20, unable to deal with her oppression any longer. Her death should not be viewed as a random tragedy, but as a product of transphobia and a lack of essential services for young people. Suicide is an epidemic among LGBTI youth. Studies in Australia show the attempted suicide rate among LGBTI people is between 3.5 and 14 times that of their heterosexual counterparts. A survey in the USA found that 32 percent of transgender people interviewed had attempted suicide.
It’s not hard to see why. Amber faced discrimination at every turn. When applying for a room to rent, she was told several times that only “real girls” were wanted. One homelessness service hung up on her after informing her that they “only had room for females”. She was consistently rejected when she applied for jobs or apprenticeships. Even when she was able to find a hostel to live in, she suffered from demeaning paternalism, including a curfew which often made it difficult for her to come to political meetings at night.
Amber was killed by the system she despised so much. Her death is a tragic reminder that institutionalised homophobia and transphobia cost lives. As Amber herself wrote in issue 4 of Red Flag, “Life as a transgender or gender diverse person is often characterised by difficulty and discrimination. Family rejection, homelessness, depression, attempted suicide – these are a regular part of our existence.”
Amber was a well-known activist for equal marriage rights, a fighter against the discrimination that killed her. She chaired the Equal Love rallies with her typical fiery tone and could electrify crowds of hundreds with her anger. On every demonstration, Amber was the first on the megaphone and the last off.
In her spare time she fanatically researched Perth labour history. She wrote some wonderful articles, including the one published below on the 1910 tram strike. She would enthusiastically regale us with stories she’d read of unemployed workers’ protests, wildcat strikes and battles against the fascists.
She especially loved the songs of the Industrial Workers of the World, Australia’s first serious revolutionary organisation, and would bust out the anti-Labor Party classic “Bump Me Into Parliament” whenever the opportunity arose.
She had the most wonderfully irreverent attitude towards all authority and her political enemies; she never cared about offending anyone. Amber could always be relied on to give off-the-cuff speeches about police brutality the moment anyone was arrested on a demonstration, to give the fences at refugee detention centres a solid kick with her steel-capped boots or to start up a controversial chant on the megaphone. She was a true revolutionary.
You will be missed so much comrade. Rest in peace.
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When workers put the brakes on Perth: the Tram Strike of 1910
Perth is often portrayed as a city with little interesting history. It may surprise some people to learn that Perth was once brought to an almost total standstill by a six and a half week tram strike, from July until September 1910.
An appeal to the arbitration court for a new award (setting out the wages and conditions of employment for all workers in the industry) had led to one with very loosely defined clauses. It allowed for the slashing of workers’ wages and conditions.
A new roster was issued for with workers on split shifts that potentially put some on call for well over 14 hours a day. This was legal because the award specified the number of hours to be worked but not the number of hours “on duty”.
The award specified a new minimum wage, to which the Perth Tramways Company promptly lowered all workers’ wages. When the workers appealed, the presiding judge declared that he had “no business regulating industry”. Incensed, the workers voted to take action. One by one they stopped work and presented overtime claims to the company when they reached their specified maximum hours per fortnight. They even pulled in one freeloading scab who had up to that point refused to join the union.
For the duration of the strike there was, in effect, no tram service at all in Perth. At a time when most people did not have their own vehicles, this meant that the city was brought to a virtual standstill. Many shops did not open, and some of the larger department stores resorted to hiring private cars to ferry wealthy customers in and out. The tram company, unable to find many scabs, proceeded to board up trams inside the depot to prevent sabotage.
There was mass public support for the strike. The “Letters to the editor” section of the West Australian was full of letters urging people to boycott scab trams. The Westralian Worker (the paper of the Western Australia Labor Party) devoted considerable space to coverage of the strike.
Mass meetings were held on the Perth Esplanade and in places as far afield as Kalgoorlie; a lot of money was raised for the relief of the families of the striking workers. When the company attempted to train some scab drivers in August, a riot broke out, and the scabs were pelted with fruit and various other objects.
When the company was finally able to restore a limited service, police on horseback had to escort the trams up and down Hay Street to prevent hostile crowds from attacking them. The resumed service was also disrupted by sabotage, including the cutting of crucial power lines and the attempted demolition of the tram depot and line with dynamite.
For all this, however, the strike unfortunately ended in defeat. The workers were forced back to work on the conditions of the award that they had rejected at the start. The defeat almost broke the union. The leadership bowed out of the dispute and advised the men to make their own decisions about a return to work well over a week before they finally capitulated.
A large number of non-union workers were also now employed on the trams and were given seniority over the returning strikers. An attempt to begin a second strike a short time later in protest against this was quickly wound down.
Despite the defeat, the strike stands as an inspiring example of workers’ struggle. We can take from it important lessons of the need for rank and file organisation and the need for workers’ solidarity across industries.
Coming Out Australia has changed its website colour to purple in support of “Wear It Purple” day on Friday 30th August 2013.
Who is Wear It Purple?
Wear it Purple is run by high school and university students.
Why is there a need for Wear It Purple?
Bullying, humiliation and isolation may bear similar results to depression: withdrawal, diminished self-worth and feelings of shame and hopelessness. This is the product of the discriminatory environment to which young people may be subject, not their sexuality or gender identity itself. For these young people, sometimes the only alternative to suffering abuse and humiliation is thought to be self-harm or suicide. Rainbow young people are at least six times more at risk of suicide than their heterosexual peers.
This can be stopped. These precious young people deserve respect, love and support.
Research says that 80% of rainbow young people experience the worse homophobic bullying (verbal and physical) at school. Wear it Purple aims to empower and support schools to enhance their inclusivity and harness supportive environments within which all students can belong; one means through which we do this is encouraging involvement in Wear it Purple Day.
We want these young people to know that:
they ARE unique, precious and worthy of love.
they should not be subject to bullying, belittling or invalidation.
they are NOT alone, but ARE worth protecting.
they are more than OK just as they are and do not have to change for anyone.
How does Wear It Purple support rainbow young people?
We exist to raise public consciousness on the issues surrounding rainbow youth suicide, to see that no more lives are lost. We express this in three platforms: advocacy, support and education.
We exist to act as the voice of rainbow young people, standing up in a society that often ignores us and our needs. We believe in standing firm for the rights of young people, to see the end of bullying and discrimination toward sexuality and gender diversity. We believe that challenging the currently toxic attitudes and environments in parts of society is key to initiating the change we want to be part of.
We exist to provide all people with a safe space to be themselves, because nobody should have to hide from the world. We recognize that many young people are on a journey to find out who it is they are meant to be: we exist to support every individual as they discover who that is. We believe that all people are precious and unique, and we recognize that individuals’ needs vastly differ. We exist to show every person that they are worthy of love and will be supported, no matter what their situation may be. Wear it Purple aims to provide and point to further safe spaces where young people can explore, learn, contemplate and grow in understanding of who they are, hear about shared experiences and find interpersonal support. We exist to empower rainbow young people to be proud of who they are and to love life.
We exist to educate all people on sexuality and gender diversity, in its broad and varied scale. We aim to assist young people on their journeys of discovering their own sexuality and gender identity. We aim to educate those who may not have been in this same position about the issues faced by rainbow young people. We believe that education about sexuality, gender, challenges faced and experiences is the key to improving respect and understanding, to reduce homophobia and transphobia.
What does Wear It Purple do?
WEAR IT PURPLE DAY
Wear it Purple Day is our main project: an annual day held to express inclusion, support, love & acceptance to rainbow young people. On the day people are encouraged to wear purple at their school, university, workplace or wherever they will be to show their support of rainbow young people. We want young people everywhere to know that there are people who unconditionally respect, support and celebrate them for who they are.
Wear it Purple Day is not only crucial in schools, but also the wider community. Homophobia and transphobia are socially instilled and must be challenged by everyone.
For both Wear it Purple Day and by direct request from schools (outside of WIP Day), we aim to deliver educational workshops, seminars and other sessions on various topics that are relevant to rainbow young people and their peers.
These sessions are run by university volunteers and aim to foster a broader understanding and respect toward sexuality and gender diverse students in the school. Our presenters utilize personal experiences alongside prepared teaching material, challenging students to expand their opinions and think about their actions’ effect on their peers.
Wear it Purple has delivered sessions in various settings to an array of Sydney schools, such as:
Topics that Wear it Purple cover in these sessions are tailored to the requirements of each individual school, student body and specific session. Some such topics include:
Identity: Sexuality & Gender
Respect & Bullying
Inclusion & Embracing Diversity
Wear it Purple provides opportunities for rainbow young people to get involved in the rainbow community, as well as provide information to the wider community about the issues affecting young people.
This has allowed us many ventures over the past three years, which we look forward to continuing. These include:
Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras – Wear it Purple has marched in the Mardi Gras Parade for the last two years, being the largest group of young people marching together in the parade. This is an amazing chance for rainbow young people to take to the streets, in the care of responsible adult volunteers, to proudly declare their identity and pride.
Participation at Fair Day and Parramatta Pride Picnic – Wear it Purple hosts a stall at these community events (in the “Youth Arena” at Fair Day), providing information to the community about what we do to benefit young people, what specific issues young people face and what they can do to get involved. These days provide young people with opportunities to speak for themselves and represent their peers within the community.
IDAHO events – Wear it Purple annually gets involved with various IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) events, acting as the voice of young people and providing them creative opportunities to be involved.
There is a great website to be launched in 2014 for Gay Parents in Australia. The website is called http://gayparentsaustralia.com.au
So why join Gay Parents Australia
Meet other same-sex families
As a gay parent, you are actually changing the world just by living your life. Connect with other gay parents from across Australia. Make friends with same-sex families in your area. Find service providers that are relevant to you and your family.
For aspiring gay parents
Knowledge is power. Connect with other aspiring gay parents from across Australia and in your area. Create a network of friends and allies – share stories, help each other out. Find service providers that are relevant to your unique needs.
Real people, real stories
We are creating a collection of real stories told by real gay and lesbian people.
We will publish these stories so that your collective voices can be heard and shared in the public domain. If you have an interesting story about your conception, pregnancy or parenting journey that you would like to share, please tell us about it.
The Rainbow Families Council Membership Drive is now on just before our AGM which is coming up on the 11 September @ Hares & Hyenas in Fitzroy (official notice soon).
We had 100 financial members and 230 Non Financial members this morning and now its up to 108 financial members and 222 Non Financial Members.
Why become a financial member? The Rainbow Families Council is a not for profit, totally unfunded, volunteer organization that operates from around the many kitchen tables of committee members. We develop free resources, advocate for all rainbow families to Local, State and Federal Governments including individual departments, run free training sessions for many organizations including Local Governments on how they can become inclusive of Rainbow Families, organize a range of free social events, have a lot of free information on our website, write many submissions to various departments, answer hundreds of individual emails per month……..overall we just keep the inclusiveness of rainbow families on the agenda so the world can become a more inclusive space for us all.
Membership is from 1 July to 30 June each year and it’s only $20.00 Family and $10.00 Individual. Every cent counts and it also allows you to join the committee and vote at our AGM.
You might not personally get anything more than you get now through this Facebook page and our website, but it enables us to do lots of the things above for very little money.
To become a financial members click here. http://www.rainbowfamilies.org.au/about-us/join-rfc/