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 5 August 2021.
As the Sydney lockdown continues, we hope everyone is staying as safe and well as possible. Check out videos in many languages about how to stay safe from NSW Health.
Here are some interesting things happening online:
- headspace is holding online mental health education sessions for parents and carers. These sessions will help you strengthen your skills and learn about support services available in your area. Sessions are running from July to September – find your local one here.
- Every Tuesday, join the amazing Betty Grumble for Grumble Boogie – now on Twitch!
- On 14 August, Community Action for Rainbow Rights is holding an online protest against the “Religious Freedom” bills proposed in Federal Parliament and before NSW Parliament.
- WWDA is holding an information session about the Disability Royal Commission for young women, femmes and non-binary people on 18 August.
- Want to learn more about gay history? Check out Gay Men’s Life Stories on 18 August!
- Trans Vitality is a new peer-education and capacity-building program from TransHub for trans and gender diverse folks in NSW. The first stream of sessions starts 19 August!
- Wear it Purple Day is coming up at the end of the month, and Minus18 is having an online Purple Pride Party for folks aged 12-19 to celebrate!
- headspace Camperdown and All Together Now are looking for folks aged 14-21 to join the Agent C program (PDF). Learn about how to challenge fake news and conspiracy theories online in three interactive workshops – and receive a gift card as a thank-you for your time!
- Sydney’s first queer writers’ festival is coming up, and they’re looking for writers to showcase their work! Apply for EnQueer here by 8 August.
- Issue 2 of YOUth&I, a literary journal for intersex young people under 30, is currently accepting submissions! Submissions are open until 13 August. This year’s prompt: It’s their turn to listen.
- The Canal to Creek Art Prize for folks in years 7-10 opens 16 August!
- Youth Action NSW is looking for LGBTQIA+ young people to help develop the Ask for Health project to ensure it is safe and supportive for all NSW young people. The project aims to give young people tools to build their health literacy. Submit an EOI by August 20.
- Inner West Council is looking for representatives for the Inner West Local Planning Council. Applications close 27 August.
- The Coastal Twist Festival is looking for LGBTIQA+ artists from the Central Coast to submit to their upcoming exhibition. Deadline is 30 August.
- The Outstanding LGBTQIA+ Short Story Contest is open until 1 September. This year’s theme: Ooops!
- Attention students! The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships are now open for applications until 15 September.
Surveys, studies and consultations
- New! The National Children’s Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission is looking for young people aged 5-24 and their parents/carers to complete a survey about keeping kids safe and well.
- TRANSForm is looking for trans and gender diverse people to complete surveys about their health and wellbeing.
- Researchers at Monash University are looking for LGBTIQA+ 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.
- If you identify as LGBTIQA+ and have been in a relationship, you can give your input on intimate partner violence through this anonymous 15 min survey. You do not need to have experienced intimate partner violence to participate.
- 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).