Community Calendar

Community Calendar is your fortnightly look into what’s coming up for the LGBTIQA+ communities in Greater Sydney and NSW! This is our post for 20 August 2021.

As the Sydney lockdown continues, we hope everyone is staying as safe and well as possible. We have put together this blog post about COVID-19 safety and vaccinations.


Wear it Purple Day

Wear it Purple Day is next Friday, 27 August! Check out these events happening on and around Wear it Purple Day.

Online Events

Here are some interesting things happening online:



Surveys, studies and consultations

  • The Dalarinji study with ACON, BlaQ and Western Sydney University is holding some focus groups for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA+ people, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA+ elders, and service providers who work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and/or LGBTIQA+ people.
  • A student researcher at University of Sydney is looking for trans and gender diverse people about their experiences in education. If you’ve graduated from secondary school in the last five years and would like to participate, email Olivia.
  • TRANSForm is looking for trans and gender diverse people to complete surveys about their health and wellbeing.
  • Researchers at Monash University are looking for LGBQ First Nations people aged 16-24 who have accessed counselling sessions. Participants will receive a $20 Clothing the Gaps gift voucher!
  • Attention trans folks aged 18-24! Researchers from the University of New England are keen to hear from members of the trans young-adult community about their gender transition experiences from school, in an effort to highlight the positive aspects of being trans and to inspire school communities to better support the psychological wellbeing of trans and gender diverse students.
  • A researcher at Curtin University wants to hear from non-binary folks aged 18+ about their experiences with GPs.
  • UnLeash is a study exploring lesbian, bisexual and queer women’s (cisgender and transgender) health and wellbeing and the relationship with smoking, drinking and using drugs.
  • ACON and UNSW are looking for gay, bisexual and queer Asian men aged 18+ to fill out the Gay Asian Men’s Survey. Available in English, Thai, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
  • ACON and a number of other services around the country are looking to hear from LGBTIQA+ folks aged 18+ who have ever used an LGBTIQA+ peer-led service (that would include Twenty10).
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Rainbow lips speaking into a megaphone. Text reads Start the Conversation, Keep it Going!
Purple Pride Party! Ages 12 to 19! Sat 28 August, Online! Live from Science Gallery Melbourne
The headspace Camperdown logo is at the top of the image. Two Aboriginal young people laugh together, one turned towards the camera, the other turned towards their friend. Text on the bottom left reads Take a Step. There is an Aboriginal dot painting design on the right.
A cartoon group of people with different skin colours putting their hands into the centre of a circle. Text reads: ACON Community Partnership Grants 2021 - We are pleased to announce that our Community Partnership Grants 2021 are now open. The ACON logo is at the bottom right.
Dalarinji - 'Your Story'. Are you part of the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander LGBTQ+ community or a service provider and want to help improve the social and emotional  wellbeing of our young people in NSW? We are looking for participants to attend one of three specific focus groups to unpack and discuss the findings of the interviews that have been conducted. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA+ people  aged 14-25. (8th of September, 3:30pm to 6:00pm); Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA+ Elders and key community members. (15th of September, 3:30-6:00pm); Service providers who assist and support people who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQA+ and those who want to improve their current capacity. (22nd of September, 10:30 to 1pm) Register your interest via Eventbrite if you would like to participate in this yarning group! Once accepted you will be sent a registration pack containing all necessary documents required to participate in these workshops. The focus groups will run for approximately 2 hours, and you will receive $150 as reimbursement for your time. (excluding service providers) The URL here is in the article text. Logos for ACON, Western Sydney University and BlaQ are at the bottom.
Experiences of First Nations LGBQ Young People in a counselling setting - This research aims to explore the counselling experiences of First Nations LGBQ young people in Australia. This study will be among the first to analyze the experiences of First Nations LGBQ young people in a counselling setting in an Australian context. Participants must: Be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander; Are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer or questioning; have attended or are currently attending counselling sessions; be between the ages of 16 to 24 years; reside in Australia. Contribute to research by participating in a 60 minute interview about your counselling experiences as a First Nations LGBQ+ young person in Australia. Participants will receive a $25 Clothing the Gaps Gift Card Participation. Research undertaken by April Goldring (Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology), under the supervision of Dr Lefteris Patlamazoglou. For more information, contact April Goldring: MUHREC Approval: 28705
A drawing of two women, one holding a drink. Text reads: Lesbian, bisexual or queer woman? Tell us about your health and UnLEASH your power to change health services
My names are Laura and Remus. I am a transgender androgyne and non-binary individual completing research for my dissertation for my honours year in a Bachelor Of Psychology. I am aiming to interview  non-binary Australians about cultural competency in general practitioners. This is in terms of the knowledge, skills, beliefs and attitudes you think general practitioners should have when seeing  non-binary individuals. You are eligible to participate if:  You at least self-describe your gender as non-binary.  If you only use this. or use this and other terms. you are welcome.  You are aged 18 or over,  You live in Australia.  You have access to a secure email address that is used by you only.  Participation will involve answering interview questions over email. This is anticipated to take between 1 to 2 hours of your time.  To read more or sign up to participate, go to [url here - see post text for a link] For any questions, please contact  I am keen to hear from non-binary individuals all across Australia.  Please feel free to share this flyer with your friends and other networks.  Curtin University Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) has approved this study (HREC number HRE2021-0307)
Do you identify as LGBTIQA+? Have you used an LGBTIQA+ peer-led service? We're undertaking research to explore the value of peer-led services to LGBTIQA+ communities in Australia. We would love your input!