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 6 May 2022.
Happy IDAHOBIT! Wednesday 17 May is the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Read on for some events happening around the community for the day!
- 12 May: Join Out for Australia for their Out for Western Sydney Panel.
- 17 May: Join JewishCare for their IDAHOBIT Breakfast Panel.
- 17 May: Join the MacArthur Wingecarribee Diversity Network for a discussion about the importance of safe spaces.
- 17 May: Head to Bankstown Arts Centre for a panel discussion with BIPOC gender diverse folks about living in Western Sydney.
- 17 May: Join Hawkesbury Community Outreach Services for a free trivia event! RSVP by calling 4573 2922.
- 17 May: Join QueerScreen for a special IDAHOBIT screening of Small Town Pride! You can also watch it On Demand between 16 and 22 May.
- 18 May: Join Western Sydney Rainbow Connection for their IDAHOBIT Business and Community Luncheon.
- 20 May: Join headspace Maitland for some IDAHOBIT Celebrations!
- 12-13 May: The Leadership in Action: LGBTIQ+ Suicide Prevention Forum is a community-focused forum that brings advocates together to discuss various types of leadership in Australian LGBTIQ+ suicide prevention.
- 13 May: Inclusion without Borders is a series of sessions held in Albury/Wodonga focusing on enablement, networking, best practices and new research.
- 7 May: Check out these workshops for LGBTIQA+ First Nations writers. This will be the first session of many!
- 12 May: Increase your skills and knowledge in providing inclusive and appropriate healthcare and community services for LGBTIQ+ consumers with this LGBTIQ+ cultural sensitivity and awareness training with WHISE.
- 12 May, 19 May and 26 May: headspace Camperdown is holding a series of sessions about healthy relationships (PDF).
- 14 May: SECC Family Fun Day has a range of fun activities in Eastlakes for folks of all ages!
- 18 May: LOVE Project is having a Technology and Tea event for older LGBTIQA+ folks to learn more about digital technology. No device required!
- 22 May: Inner West Council is holding an Anti-Racism Youth Gathering.
- 25 May: FASCIAR invites folks to join a webinar on inclusive practices with LGBTIQA+ children and young people, their parents and carers, family and kin.
- 26 May: Increase your skills and knowledge in providing inclusive and appropriate healthcare and community services for trans and gender diverse consumers with this trans and gender diverse inclusive practice training with WHISE.
- 26 May: Celebrate queer travel and life experiences at the BEYOND Queer travel and lifestyle expo.
- 1 to 2 June: We are taking expressions of interest for our next ASIST Suicide Intervention training for LGBTIQA+ communities.
Articles and other cool stuff
- Australian Youth Affairs Coalition: Election Guide
- Brisbane Times: Give yourself a month: a guide to COVID-19 recovery
- Zoe Belle Gender Centre: Printable trans affirming posters
- Sydney Morning Herald: Let evidence not fear drive policies on trans athletes
- Sydney Morning Herald: Pool party pride: Politics drowned out at gender diverse swim night
- ABC: The Drum, Friday 29 April (featuring Eloise Brook from the Gender Centre)
- ReachOut: Have COVID? Here are a few tips to help you get through it
- Equality Australia: LGBTIQ+ Election Forum video
- All Together Now and headspace Camperdown have put together 3 workshops to be delivered online (via Zoom) throughout April and May for young people aged 14-21 examining the rise of racist/hateful fake news, conspiracy theories and how that intersects with things like power, privilege and identity. As well as gaining important and relevant skills young people will also receive a $60 Westfield’s voucher for completing the program. See the Agent C Flyer (PDF) for more info, and register for Agent C here.
- A documentary about young trans people finishing high school is looking for participants!
- Closes 9 May: Noisy Girls Making Music is looking for young musicians who are girls, women, non-binary folks or trans folks who want to learn more about music production! Apply here.
- Closes 18 May at 5pm: Waverley Council wants to hear from people who live, work and play in the area about their thoughts on the new Waverley Community Strategic Plan.
- The NAPCAN Art Activity for National Child Protection Week is now open! All artworks will be displayed on the NAPCAN website, and one artwork received before 20 May will be used as a national poster for Child Protection Week.
- Closes 31 July: Inner West Council’s Young Creative Awards is open for submissions of writing and artwork from folks aged 12 to 24.
Surveys, studies and consultations
- Researchers at The Goldsen Institute are looking for LGBTIQA+ folks worldwide aged 18 and older to complete a survey about their wellbeing!
- UNICEF Australia wants to hear from young people about youth voice, education and the future.
- Closes 24 May: Have your say on a LGBTIQA+ social and cultural place strategy for Oxford Street.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) is planning a new survey, which will ask people questions about their sexual health. These questions will eventually be asked of many people in different countries around the world. To make sure everyone understands the questions and understands them the same way, and to make sure people are willing to answer the questions, Australia has been asked to trial these questions with a variety of people. Find out more about the WHO survey and how you can help here.
- The International Partnership for Queer Youth Resilience (INQYR) is exploring LGBTQ+ youth’s positive and negative experiences of video gaming and video gaming communities, and how this relates to wellbeing. They are seeking participants aged 14-29 years old living in Canada, the USA, the UK, Australia, or Mexico who identifies as a sexual or gender minority person and plays video games regularly on any platform to take part in a survey taking approximately 20-30 minutes. Participants may enter a raffle to win one of ten $55 Amazon Gift Cards and may also be eligible to participate in an interview with a further incentive.
- MCC Welfare Services wants to hear about your experiences with loneliness.
- Researchers at University of Sydney want to hear from people aged 16 to 26 who identify as a migrant or refugee and live in Western Sydney about their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
- Transcend wants to hear from young trans people aged 13-17 about sexuality and relationships education.
- A researcher at University of Sydney wants to hear from LGBTIQ+ stroke survivors and/or their partners. They especially need more responses from female participants.
- Walkern Katatdjin – Rainbow Knowledge wants to hear from LGBTIQA+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 14 to 25.
- Western Sydney University researchers and batyr Australia are conducting a study looking at how young people (16 to 25 years) in the Western Sydney region support friends during tough times. We want to hear more about your experiences giving support – the positives and the challenges. If you would like to be part of a focus group, please fill out this short form here: Informal Help-Providing Screening Survey. Everyone who joins a focus group will receive a $50 gift voucher for their participation.