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.
Here are some interesting things happening online:
- 6 to 10 September: For National Child Protection Week, NAPCAN is holding a series of webinars.
- 7 September: Hannah Morgan from LGBTIQ+ Health Australia will be talking about palliative care experiences of LGBTIQA+ people with Palliative Care Tasmania.
- 7 and 14 September: Folks living in or connected to Western Sydney can join the Let’s Get Moving webinar series and try some new exercises! Get an idea of what to expect here.
- 9 September: The Practice Institute Australia is providing a free online training: Bringing a Trauma-Aware Lens to Online Support for Children and Young People, facilitated by Connected Self.
- 9 September: The CALD Disability Online Forum will discuss the intersection between disability and multicultural communities.
- 9 September: Our friends at Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.) are holding a special RU OK Zoom Karaoke session!
- 16 to 26 September: The Queer Screen Film Festival is streaming online this year! Check out their catalogue.
- 17 September: Twenty10 is holding a special Discord session for folks aged 13-25 to watch a film from the Queer Screen Film Festival – film to be announced!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
- Flix is our monthly film screening for LGBTIQA+ folks! During the lockdown period, we are streaming via Discord – email email@example.com 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.
- The Young Creatives Zine Library from the MCA has a collection of zines by young people to enjoy! You can also design your own zine page.
- Sign up to get 10 weeks of creative wellness activities you can do at home in your inbox!
- Do you live in Bayside Council? (Check here to see which council area you’re in!) Bayside Council Youth Services are holding a number of virtual events for young people aged 12 to 25 over the coming weeks.
- The Canberra Trauma and Well-Being Centre is offering a free course you can complete at your own pace: From Survive to Thrive During Lockdown.
- Check out the Lockdown Wellness Kit (PDF) from the Australian Red Cross.
- Bite Back is a free program from the Black Dog Institute designed to help people aged 12-18 improve their mental resilience.
Articles, videos and podcasts
- Star Observer: You’re Not Alone!
- Doing ‘IT’ podcast: #47 Nevo Zisin. The Pronoun Lowdown.
- Intersex Human Rights Australia: Wear It Purple Day Statement
- SBS On Demand: Incarceration Nation (Content Note: Includes images of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Discusses distressing conditions in prison.)
- Croakey: Teens can get the jab
- ACON’s Community Partnership Grants are open until 6 September!
- Attention students! The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships are now open for applications until 15 September.
- Forcibly Displaced People’s Network is looking for new members and board directors. Applications close Sunday 19 September at midnight.
- The National NAIDOC Committee has opened expressions of interest for membership. Applications close at COB on Wednesday 22 September.
- ACON and the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) have a PhD scholarship opportunity that’s especially suited for trans and gender diverse people.
- The Canal to Creek Art Prize for folks in years 7-10 is open until 5 November.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or with Nico Bell at email@example.com.
- 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).