We have received this request from Dolly Magazine – They are writing an informative story for teen magazine DOLLY on bisexuality. The story is going to cover what bisexuality actually is (readers are very young so many of them aren’t aware of it), the common misconceptions about bisexuality and conversations you can have around the [...]
I came across this video clip through a friend on facebook and thought it would be good to share with you and for you to pass it on. IT’S the question that the gays have been asked for, like, ever, yet one in which the heterosexuals have escaped scot-free. Enterprising duo Travis Nuckolls and Chris Baker took [...]
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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cost: Gold coin donation (minimum) which is for the hire of our venue and refreshments. Tea, coffee [...]
Jacqui Tomlins, the woman behind the OutSpoken Families project needs your help…. I am a big supporter of resources being made available to the GLBTIQ and wider community….. So please dig deep and support this great resource…. OUTSpoken Families: 10 days, 50 pledges, 60% of target! When I took my first tentative steps into the [...]
A former human rights lawyer says Australia should erase criminal convictions for past acts of consensual homosexual sex from the record books.
In 1997 Tasmania became the last state to decriminalise sodomy – 22 years after the lead was set by South Australia.
Yet while homosexual sex is no longer a crime, rights activists say “thousands” of criminal convictions are still standing.
Dr Paula Gerber, a former lawyer and an expert in human rights law from Monash University, says states and territories must act to expunge those convictions.
“This sort of conduct should never have been criminalised. All the records, all the convictions, should just be expunged,” she said.
“The legacy of those laws still haunts many men as they continue to carry the stigma of a criminal conviction.”
Jamie Gardiner, a rights activist and the vice-president of Liberty Victoria, says it is a matter of righting a historical wrong.
“The state has a chance to say ‘You were mistreated. We can’t heal the wounds, but at least can admit publicly that it was wrong,’” he said.
He says many men were jailed as a result of their convictions, and now might not be able apply for jobs or volunteer positions that require a police check.
”If you are told you have to sign a statement that says you have never been convicted of anything on pain of perjury what do you do?” he said.
Dr Gerber says in many cases, the criminal records cause more than just practical problems.
“There are mental health issues like depression. There is a negative impact on self-esteem because you have a criminal record for simply making love to the person you chose to,” she said.
Mr Gardiner says the bulk of the convictions occurred before the late 1970s, when police attitudes towards homosexuality began to soften.
He says it is difficult to give an accurate figure on the number of convictions but estimates it to be in the “thousands”.
”These laws ruin many people lives and cast a shadow over everyone else’s.
”For those who lived through that era it still does”.Jamie Gardiner
Mr Gardiner says although the number of convictions recorded is relatively small, they still have a wide impact in the gay community.
”Terrible things happened to a smallish number of people but that was enough to keep everyone terrified,” he said.
”These laws ruin many people lives and cast a shadow over everyone else’s. ‘For those who lived through that era it still does”.
Recent legislation in the United Kingdom allows people to apply to have similar convictions deleted, and Dr Gerber says Australia should follow that lead.
“No Australian state or territory has gone down the same path as the UK and passed legislation that explicitly addresses the removal of criminal convictions for consensual homosexual conduct,” she said.
She says most jurisdictions in Australia have “spent convictions” legislation, meaning minor criminal offences committed more than 10 years ago will not show up on criminal police checks.
But she says in Victoria, it remains uncertain if offences for consensual homosexual acts will be included in criminal record checks.
“The rules about what is to be included in a police record check are part of police policy, rather than legislation, there is much discretion in the hands of the police as to what is, or is not, included in a criminal record check,” she said.
Victoria Police says it will not release details of a conviction if 10 years has elapsed, but notes this is subject to exceptions.
One of those exceptions is for sexual offences, if the record check is for the purposes working with children.
Mr Gardiner says some of the homosexual sex convictions fall into this category.
Source: ABC News
Young & Gay is a free workshop for same-sex attracted young men under the age of 26. This workshop offers a fun, interactive and engaging environment for young men to get together and discuss topics surrounding sexuality, sex and sexual health. This includes coming out, stereotypes, homophobia, self-esteem, HIV/AIDS, STIs and safe sex.
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SKYS Out Loud is an exciting new program supporting young SSASGD people to improve and maintain their mental health.
The program involves a number of elements, including:
- a brand new website, to be researched and designed by a working group. The website will include a live chat facility and will be the first of its kind!
- training for a group of young people who will be supported to deliver peer support in their own communities
- development of local and global relationships with other SSASGD organisations and young people, as well as useful resources for distribution
- a dedicated time each week for young SSASGD people to meet, hang out and get to know one another, including some excursions, guest speakers, projects and access to support staff. Running on Friday afternoons 4-6pm for the rest of 2012. Click here to see calendar dates.
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Joy FM 94.9FM in Melbourne, has made an extraordinarily generous offer to the bisexual community through Bi Alliance, to tell their own personal stories throughout the day on 23 September 2012, Celebrate Bisexuality Day.
Bi Alliance have already consulted with them to write a 30-second blurb that
will be recorded and played during ad-breaks on the day, but they also
want some members of Melbourne’s bisexual community to go into the
studio over the coming weeks to record short vignettes, telling the
story of their personal journey in their own words.
If you would like to volunteer to participate in this event…
It is great to see that this is happening in this era of the GLBTIQ community. With everything that is happening let’s keep the momentum going!!!!!
I came across this little story on GLWA’s facebook page which was sourced from craigslist.
It was well written and it prompted me to post it here and to mention the great timing of it for the launch of the amazing campaign “No To Homophobia”
A mutual friend of ours threw a big party for her 30th birthday, tons of people were there and it was a lot of fun. Somewhere along the line you and I ended up on the balcony for some fresh air at the same time. We started chatting; we talked about sports, books, tv — discovered we both are about to start our masters degrees and spent
I understand how upsetting it was for you when I blinked mildly in surprise and said I was here with my husband. I know it was a shock to your system, if your face had turned any paler I might have called 911. You made a good recovery though – that hurried mutter of “I’m not like that” was very polite and you only knocked over two drinks and one vase in your hurry to rush to anywhere other than near me. I can’t blame you — I forgot how delicate you straight boys are. So I wanted to give you a few helpful hints about where you went wrong last night.
1) As a general rule we don’t walk around with big signs around our neck proclaiming our sexuality. No scarlet letters, no scent of hellfire and brimstone… sorry about that.
2) We do not generally assume that everyone within 5 feet of us must also be homosexual — it was nice of you to immediately reassure me that you are hetero, but it was really unnecessary.
3) Homosexuality is not infectious. While I am sure you meant no disrespect with your hasty departure; in the future you can rest assured that taking a few extra seconds in your mad dash for safety will not result in you being turned gay. It will however keep you from destroying expensive vases and knocking over senior citizens.
4) This next one may come as a surprise; but you are not, in fact, irresistible. The fact that you have a dick does not instantly turn me into a bundle of uncontrolled lust. Contrary to popular opinion, being in the same room with a straight man does not cause a gay man to instantly lose all common sense and basic common courtesy. Though I am not so sure about the reverse.
5) Homosexuals in general get a little irked when people treat us like some sort of leper. Rushing to another mutual friend of ours and advising him of my sexuality, so he could be “forewarned” was really uncalled for.
6) Upon being told (by said mutual friend) to stop being an idiot and that you were not my type anyway… it generally confuses the issue when you then proceed to become upset that I DON’T find you attractive. Three seconds ago you were running through a crowd of people with your hands cupped protectively over your junk as if I might attack you at any moment with a blowjob. See hint number 4.
7) We homosexuals have an odd sense of humor — I can’t help that. Something about watching you freak out as if all the demons of hell were after you just struck me as vastly amusing.
While being pissed at me for dissolving into uncontrollable laughter might be understandable… gathering a couple guys together to “teach the fag a lesson” is not.
9) You might also want to drink a little less and be a little more careful about the guys you approach for your little proto-hate-mob.
10) Assuming the two tall muscle-bound bruisers must be uber-hetero and just as appalled by my presence as you was your first mistake. It was an understandable one though. How were you to know that pflag tshirt the first guy was wearing wasn’t a sports team? Also the rainbow ring the second guy was wearing could have meant anything I am sure.
11) In retrospect I suppose that upon hearing your not very subtle hate-talk and seeing who you were heading for; I could have said something instead of just laughing harder. I apologize for that. I should have just introduced you to my husband instead of letting you walk up to him and ask him if he wanted to help you teach “that fag over there” a lesson. I hope that broken nose heals up cleanly.
Y-GLAM Queer Youth Theatre Presents
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.
5 SHOWS ONLY
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
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
I came across this article on The Age website. Great to see such a positive (excuse the pun) article from a Newspaper that can sometimes get it wrong.
Remember if you have concerns or wanting more information about HIV, there are some great organisations, such as, VICAIDS/GMHC in Melbourne, Positive Living Centre in Melbourne, and ACON in Sydney, plus other state organisations, check out our directory page.
Wallace, the only Australian to have won a medal in gymnastics (silver on the trampoline in Sydney), said he walked around for weeks in a haze of shock and disbelief after learning a year ago he had contracted the virus from his partner at the time.
But Wallace says he has never looked back since that difficult couple of months he spent alone in Canada grappling with his new reality. Which is why he went public this week, inspired by an interview with Greg Louganis, the four-time Olympic diving gold medallist who revealed he was gay and HIV positive in an autobiography in 1995.
“I was in London at the Games and watched Piers Morgan interviewing [Louganis] and it was just such a normal interview and so positive,” Wallace said in Sydney after flying home from his role as an ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games.
“I felt like he had come a long way because when Greg came out it was a shock-horror story, quite negative, and it was really nice for him to sit there openly [this week] and talk about it. That night I had trouble sleeping so I wrote to Piers Morgan and said, ‘Thanks for treating him well … it’s a big issue and it always will be but you didn’t sensationalise anything.’ I wanted to say thanks and that I too was an Olympian living with HIV.”
The letter, which Wallace also sent to the Sydney Star Observer, a weekly newspaper for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, went viral on the internet and resulted in “literally thousands” of messages of support and gratitude for Wallace.
“It’s not a big deal to me. Everybody I needed to tell was very supportive of me, but it is a big deal to those people who find themselves discriminated against or bullied because of it,” he said.
“If one or two people or thousands of people get encouragement and courage to chase their dreams or live their lives honestly, if what I wrote makes a difference, then I have done the right thing.”
Wallace was openly but not publicly gay in Sydney when, as a long shot, he delighted a thunderous home crowd with a silver medal at trampolining’s Olympic debut. He made his sexuality known publicly four years later when a friend convinced him gay athletes should talk more about their sexuality. Life continued as normal, punctuated by a move to Canada to work with Cirque du Soleil, before his life changed last year.
“When a partner tells you they have HIV you’re super concerned about them, but then it was, ‘Hold on, if you have it does that mean I have it?”‘ Wallace said.
“Until I got tested there was that part of me that was ‘It’s a dream, it’s a dream’, unless it’s happening directly to you, you don’t really educate yourself about it … and then it seems like a bomb goes off in your head. And because I was overseas I wandered around like a zombie for a little while. It was quite some time before it really sunk in.”
Wallace moved back to Australia and began a program of antiretroviral drugs after being told he was “too healthy” to take part in trials for new drugs. He has his first big check-up next week but said by far the toughest challenge of the past year was telling his parents.
“Because they’re a generation and a half behind me, my parents are not within my community or current information system. I was really quite scared to tell them because I didn’t want them to think their son was going to die this horrible death,” he said.
Wallace took both parents to his doctor and watched, relieved, as “the fear drained out of their faces”.
“That’s another reason why I’m [speaking out],” he said. “I’m doing this to re-educate people about what it is and what it means to live with it.”
Australian Marriage Equality are doing a wonderful job with campaigning for marriage equality for the GLBTIQ community.
How you can help marriage equality in Tasmania
Send a message to Premier Lara Giddings thanking her, and Opposition Leader Will Hodgman asking for a Liberal conscience vote
If you live in Tasmania, send a message to your local Upper House member and attend the marriage equality rally on Saturday August 11th at Parliament House
Donate to the special fund that has been established for marriage equality in Tasmania
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