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 3 September 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.


Online Events

Here are some interesting things happening online:

Regular groups

  • hangOUT is Twenty10’s weekly group on Discord for LGBTIQA+ folks aged 13-25! The server is open from 4pm to 6pm on Tuesdays and 3pm to 5pm on Thursdays. Want to get connected? Email to get started.
  • Flix is our monthly film screening for LGBTIQA+ folks! During the lockdown period, we are streaming via Discord – email to get connected.
  • Alternatives to Suicide is a peer-based response to supporting people who have made suicidal attempts or who have experienced suicidal thoughts. You can join the group via Zoom on Thursdays from 8:30pm to 10:00pm.
  • The folks at Weave have an online Young & SMART Recovery group for people having a hard time with alcohol use, drug use, or other habits that worry them. This group meets online via Google Meet on Tuesdays at 4pm to 5pm. (The flyer on this page is from pre-lockdown times.) If you want more information or to be part of the group, get in touch with Giulia and Dylan on 9318 0539.


Articles, videos and podcasts


Surveys, studies and consultations

  • Queer Screen wants to hear from their audience about their needs around disability access.
  • ACON is looking people to interview about palliative care and end of life for LGBTQ folks, people living with HIV and their carers. If you are interested, get in touch with Russ Gluyas on (02) 9206 2017 or, or with Nico Bell at
  • 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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Every child in every community needs a fair go. National Child Protection Week - 5 to 11 September 2021.
A person with short hair, rainbow eyes and blue lips crying rainbow tears. Text reads Queer Screen Film Fest - 16 to 26 Sep 2021. On demand nationally.
Young & SMART Recovery - What is SMART Recovery? SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) is a free group supporting you to manage any challenging behaviours you may be experiencing, including but not limited to using drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, gambling, food, shopping, and gaming. Meet other young people and support each other through these  Experiences. SMART Groups at Weave: When: Tuesday afternoons 4-5pm. Where: Weave Youth & Community Services, Waterloo, 1B Elizabeth Street (next to Fernside Skate Park). Who: 18 to 28 year olds. For more details contact Giulia and Dylan at Weave on 9318 0539. Come with a purpose, leave with a plan.
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.
PhD scholarship opportunity: ACON and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) are supporting a PhD scholarship to explore the intersections of mental health, substance use and the trans experience. The scholarship will be awarded on the condition that a UNSW Medicine PhD is accepted. Trans candidates, binary and non-binary, will be highly regarded. Visit to learn more or send in an application.
Two cartoon hands holding a heart. Text reads: Interview callout: Palliative Care and End of Life for LGBTQ, PLHIV and Carers.
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!