Bent TV – Monday December 16, 2013, 10pm, Channel 31 (C31 is on Digital Channel 44)

Segment 1: Dig Deeper (BDSM part 1 of 2)                                                             Host: Malice Black Panel: Hunter Bruin (Transbear), Dylen Wilde, Lisa-Skye

BDSM and Kink Special: Our panel discuss things BDSM and Kink. Topics covered include meanings of some common shared words to highlight differences and misconceptions between Gay and BDSM, and how labels affect interaction.


 Segment 2: Lip Service                                                                                        Host: Simon Jay Panel: Jess Pattison, Craig Thompson, Dr Nate Reid

Our brave no expense spared (absolutely no expense!) panel discuss problems affecting our viewers in their own styles of outlook and humour. This week’s topics include breaking wind (sounds incorrectly polite), and breaking up via facebook. Please save the sanity of the studio crew by sending in your problems to


Segment 3: Dig Deeper (BDSM part 2 of 2)                                                             Host: Malice Black Panel: Hunter Bruin (Transbear), Dylen Wilde, Lisa-Skye

Our panel continue their discussion on things BDSM and Kink. Have they always known they were into kink? Where to go to find out about BDSM safely, reactions to coming out as being into BDSM, misconceptions about what happens at a BDSM club.


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:


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Community Brave – Peer to Peer Funding Campaign

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  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.  #Combrv

Media Enquiries: Moe Elrifai | Public Relations | 0448 771 522 |

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Darebin’s coming out

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 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!

Community Planning

Darebin City Council

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“About Face” Book Launch

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.

Free entry


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

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R U OK? 12 September 2013

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 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?

Coming Out Australia would like to acknowledge R U OK?

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Share your Bi story with Bi-alliance

The Bi alliance committee is putting a call out to everyone for bi stories from people who:

who identify as bisexual
are a partner of someone who identifies as bisexual
are a friend or family member of someone who identifies as bisexual

Anyone is welcome to email them with a story about their experience
about bisexuality, so long as the main focus relates to this topic.

Stuck on what to write? some suggested topics were:

Why does someone need to proclaim they are bisexual when they are
in a monogamous life long relationship?
Experiences of coming out to others and/or oneself.
Experiences of partner, friends or family of having someone coming
out as bi.

They will endeavour to post all stories pertinent to experiences about
bisexuality, though they may suggest a couple of changes here or there,
such as removing profanities. If you’re concerned about publishing
something with your first name, they’re happy for you to use a

Stories can vary in length from a few paragraphs to longer- whatever
you are comfortable with. It would be great to receive some more
stories that reflect the diverse experiences of people who are
bisexual. It would also be good to hear stories from partners, friends
and families of people who are bisexual. You don’t have to be a
literary virtuoso at all.

Just click on the email and your story will go to the
committee, the email is:

Thanks everyone.
Bi -Alliance committee

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We have been requested to post this survey on behalf of a student at the University of Western Sydney….

Are you aged between 18 and 25, and identify as Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, or Queer? If so, please consider taking part in this research project that is investigating stigma, stress, coping and risky behaviours.

Participation will involve completing an online survey, which will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. Your participation is voluntary and completely confidential (i.e., data cannot be linked back to the participant).

Should you feel the desire to do so, you may withdraw from the study at any point, with no consequence. The current study aims to understand individuals’ experiences, challenges and means of coping among young people and provide new areas that may be targeted in therapy to assist individuals to effectively manage stress. If you are interested in participating, please click the link:

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GLBTIQ Creative Art Connection

You’re invited to the launch of:

GLBTIQ Creative Art Connection


Date: Saturday 15th June 2013

Time: 9am-12pm

Venue: Orwil Street Community House

16 Orwil Street Frankston

Melways Ref: 100A G3

RSVP: Monday 10th June 2013


Cost: Gold coin donation (minimum) which is for the hire of our venue and refreshments.

Tea, coffee and freshly baked goodies provided!!!

We are a not-for-profit group and are run entirely by volunteers.

Proudly supported by:  Joy 94.9 FM, Bent TV, Freedom 2 b, Orwil Street Community House, Zoe Belle Gender Centre, Transgender Victoria, Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council Inc. & Pride March Victoria.

We are proud members of Rainbow Network Victoria. 

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Zaque’s “Drag Race” – 1st December 2012

Drag Race is a battle of the bands type event but with sequins, feathers, glitter and suits and open to all people aged 25 and under in Victoria, willing to strut their stuff in li’l ol’ Ballarat, whether they are seasoned performers or just wanting to give it a go.

For more information email: lorenneramanauskas@BALLARAT.VIC.GOV.AU

Please click here for the Application Form

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Y-GLAM Queer Youth Theatre Presents leaving elizabeth

Y-GLAM Queer Youth Theatre Presents

leaving elizabeth

Based on stories by Y-GLAM members

Haunted by the memory of a lost love, she travels to forget – across the Australian outback,

the glaciers of South America and deep into the Amazon jungle.

Meanwhile a Malaysian boy sits in his room looking for love on his smart phone –

terrified to ‘come out’ or make contact.

Through physical theatre, stunning projections and original music Y-GLAM tells two stories of

getting dumped, getting scared and sometimes, finding the one.


Tues 11 Sept – Sat 15 Sept, 7.30pm

Arts House Meat Market

5 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

(Melway Ref: 2B A9)

Tickets: $20 Full, $12 Concession

$10 Groups of 10 or more


or at the door (subject to availability)

Info: 03 9355 9900

Auslan interpreters performance Wed 12 Sept, 7.30pm

Wheelchair Access

Writer/Director – Sarah Cathcart

Physical Director – James Andrews

Set/Lighting Designer – Jenny Hector

Visual Artist – Sean Healy

Composer – Nick Van Cuylenburg

Costume Designer – Amanda Fairbanks

Production/Stage Manager – Jo Leishman

Y-GLAM Queer Youth Theatre is a program of Merri Community Health Services for young people aged

14 to 25 who are same sex attracted or gender diverse. For more information about Y-GLAM please call 9355 9900

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