SAT 12 JAN | SESSIONS

LGBTI Elders - What Matters

This session will provide an overview of the LGBTIQ People Ageing Well project as the context for an interactive forum/discussion for LGBTI elders to talk about what matters most to them as they age and what they see as some of the important issues particularly at this stage of their lives.

The session will also celebrate the lives and contributions of LGBTI Elders. Their stories and lived experiences have the power to promote a greater understanding of a unique set of issues, but also the power to create changes that will support and enhance the lives of LGBTI Elders in Australia.

Presented by Desmond Ford.

Session length: 90 mins

Rainbow Workplace Networks

Starting one or growing one - come ask your questions, share your ideas and get inspired to activate.

"My name is Zoé Kennedy and I've recently joined The Equality Project as their NSW Coordinator and I'm also a serial network maker and joiner. I've gotten so many skills along the way I've recently been employed to run an Australasian network for environmental regulators (check us out at www.aelert.net). I'll share with you my top tips for getting a successful rainbow network started in your workplace as well as run you through some frameworks that I've seen and created that you could utilise."

This session is also a chance for those of you that already have active rainbow networks in your organisation to come and share what has worked for you and what hasn't, and to connect with others so all of us can achieve more.

Delegates will gain access to practical advice on:

  • gathering their network
  • determining their network purpose
  • finding active members and an executive sponsor
  • frameworks to create and run their network
  • what has worked well and what hasn't for other staff networks

Presented by Zoé Kennedy.

Session length: 45 mins

Visuals for Equality

The basics of using visuals for work and activism.

"My name is Zoé Kennedy and I've recently joined The Equality Project as their NSW Coordinator and have spent 2018 adding to my skills learnt in Graphic Facilitation. Did you know that 80% of us learn more when presented with an idea visually? After a tiny taste at the Equality Project #LTA2018 I'm bringing ten of you the chance to get some basic skills to jazz up your community/network/work meetings or even just your own note-taking.

We'll run through lettering, containers, bullet points, connectors, icons and even some cool people and before you know it you'll be ready to create an event poster and share in my obsession for putting everything down on paper in fabulously colourful pens!

Delegates will gain practical experience in the basics of adding visuals to their presentations/meetings/notes/activism with a brief intro to writing, using the page and replacing words with visuals. They will also take away practice sheets and lots of great tips on how to continue their learning - all of which will help them engage with their community.

Facilitated by Zoé Kennedy and Hannah Walker.

Session length: 45 mins

Gay Men as Parents

This session is about helping prospective and current gay dads understand parenting through case studies and a panel discussion and with the assistance of a gay family lawyer and Family Court-qualified psychologist.

Facilitated by Nick Stewart, Rainbow Families NSW.

Session length: 90 mins

It changes with Us: Putting Social Theory into Collective Action

Creating a movement starts with the first step. This session will bring together our collective wisdom and strength to co-create a theory of social change. We will then take this theory and put it into action, building a pathway including what we are doing now, what we know needs to be done, and what we need to get there.

Presented by Amily Reddy.

Session length: 90 mins

Limitless Boundaries

This session is about living your life to the fullest and being the best version of you that you can.

Ayman Barbaresco will talk about his personal experience of living an intersectional life including living with a disability, coming from a regional town, identifying as gay and coming from a multicultural family where his father is niddle eastern and mother is Italian.

"My presentation is about living a true and authentic life. This conversation will enable people to break down barriers and to become better versions of themselves and to live a more authentic and valuable life." - Ayman"

Presented by Ayman Barbaresco.

Session length: 45 mins

Building a strong bi+ community in Sydney

The Sydney Bi+ Network (SBN) is a newly founded group dedicated to improving the wellbeing of bi+ people across Sydney. SBN aims to address important issues such as visibility, biphobia and bi-erasure, health, and community engagement.

Join this session to learn about SBN’s Action Plan for 2019, and why SBN is an important emerging group for bi+ people in Sydney.

"Please note that throughout the proposed session, ‘bi+’ refers to all people who identify as being romantically and/or sexually attracted to more than one gender."

Developing a bi+ inclusion training workshop for service providers has been identified as a key priority, and therefore Sydney Bi+ Network would like to cultivate interest, partnerships and feedback for the proposed workshops within the Better Together community. In the final section of the session, we will share bi+ people’s experiences in services and community groups. These examples will include positive and negative experiences that address bi+ people’s inclusion in both LGBTQIA+ and heterosexual spaces.

SBN will hold a guided discussion with the attendees, asking them to contribute strategies which would improve bi+ inclusion in the shared examples. This aims to enable attendees to recognise the challenges bi+ people face in a variety of communities and to conceptualise practical ways to improve bi+ inclusion.

Presented by Amber Loomis.

Session length: 45 mins

What do we want? Updating the LGBTIQ policy guide

We invite you to look at possible changes to the existing LGBTIQ Policy Guide 2018.

This is a session to discuss what changes should be made to the LGBTIQ Policy Guide 2018 and to address issues and/or challenges that have arisen in the past 12 months - as well as to take into account the progress that has been achieved.

What are some of the outstanding policy issues within the LGBTIQ community especially around trans and gender diverse, and intersex, issues?

We invite input from attendees about what issues they would like to see prioritised, including consulting with people in the room about the areas which may have been neglected during the campaign for marriage equality.

Having a comprehensive Policy Guide is a valuable tool for the entire community - this is a living document, and hopefully one that is owned by the community too. This session aims to help achieve this outcome.

Facilitated by Alastair Lawrie.

Session length: 45 mins

XXY/KS Undressed - Our Intersex - Our Stories

KS/XXY is the most common sex chromosome variation affecting about 1:475 of the population. The variation is not widely understood by many health professionals, educators, individuals, families, relatives and others, including other members of the LGBTQA+ and other intersex communities. Many individuals experience lifelong challenges that are physical, mental or social impediments. Appropriate support is crucial, especially early interventions. But supports often never come, due to serious under or misdiagnosis.

As few as 25% of people with an X & Y chromosome variant are diagnosed which indicates a great need for better diagnostic tools and indicators to be implemented across the health system. Some in the medical profession have stated the low diagnosis is due to individuals being asymptomatic.

In this session, led by Paul Byrne-Moroney, you will gain an insight and understanding of what intersex means. Paul will also be joined by Andrea Kapteinis, Candice Cody, Peter Low, Paul Sanderson and Sonia Sanderson.

Presented by Paul Byrne-Moroney.

Session length: 90 mins

HOLY SMOKE : Queer & Catholic!

The general Catholic Christian population contains one of the largest groups of religious people who are supportive of LGBTIQ rights in Australia. However, the upper management of this community also have some of the most vehemently anti-LGBTIQ voices and platforms in the country. How does this community work? How do we make sense of this? What is actually happening beyond the headlines? Is there any point in trying to make a difference?

How is the hierarchical church so divergent from the Catholic population in its approach to LGBTIQ issues?

Positive developments for LGBTIQ Catholics is happening from within the church in all parts of the Catholic world, yet little is known about them or how they have come to be. Much of the general LGBTIQ community and media do not understand the nuances and complex realities faced by LGBTIQ or indeed many affirming and progressive Catholics. Many advocates and allies of goodwill within the heteronormative Catholic sphere or the LGBTIQ sphere find it difficult to navigate these contentious spaces.

Presented by Benjamin Oh.

Session length: 45 mins

Transitioning Holistically

There are many ways that a Trans or Gender Diverse person may choose to transition. This is not limited to the commonly followed medical pathways.

Take a journey with Trans Health and Fitness Specialists and founders of Fearless Movement Collective, Bowie Stover and Zay Canters as they share their stories of transitioning and supporting others in the TGD community on their own journeys of transition.

This session will explore the many possibilities of transitioning holistically through the development of fitness, nutrition and mindset as a complimentary support or alternative to traditional medical transition pathways.

This workshop will explore the options of transitioning medically and non medically though the use of fitness, nutrition and mindset coaching and a complimentary support or alternative to medical transition.

Presented by Bowie Stover & Zay Canters.

Session length: 45 mins

Made, Known, Loved: the need for an inclusive christian youth space

LGTBIQ+ young people in Christian spaces are at increased risk of mental illness, suicide and conversion therapy practices. There is a need for an inclusive youth ministry specifically aimed at providing a safe, fun, empowering space for high schoolers who identify as Christian and LGBTQI+, and their friends.

Why is there the need for safe youth spaces in religious settings?

Made, Known, Loved is an inclusive youth ministry specifically aimed at providing a safe, fun, empowering space for high schoolers who identify as Christian and LGBTIQ+ and their friends - where they can be just as they are.

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand and highlight the specific needs of young LGBTIQ+ Christians
  • Show LGBTIQ+ youth in Christians spaces e.g. schools that there are different Christian opinions – create visibility.
  • Help families to see an alternative to conversion therapy – an alternative “Christian choice”.
  • Promote a safe space that exists, become a resource to other LGBTIQ+ youth services, who can point youth who identify as LGBTIQ+ and Christian to this space, if needed.

Presented by Steff Fenton.

Session length: 45 mins

Queering transition: Non-binary perspectives on the transition narrative

How do non-binary individuals experience the binary gender transition narrative, and what are the impacts of it on individual wellbeing? What concessions do nonbinary people make, and how do they resist and defy persistent binary logic?

This session will explore how non-binary individuals experience the binary gender transition narrative, and what the impacts are on individual wellbeing. Drawing upon Ari’s Master’s thesis research, as well as their counselling work at Queerspace, their own lived experience and that of their community, they will present their research findings and engage a discussion about how these themes can be taken forward into the service sector and activism.

Despite most current sources defining transition in such a way as to incorporate nonbinary people and experiences, research suggests that, to a large degree, these inclusive definitions are not activated within the culture, and thus do not reflect the reality of nonbinary people’s experiences. Empirically, non-binary people experience face pressure to align with a binary gender, and that this pressure comes not only from the wider community, but also from gender clinics, specialist doctors, as well as LGBTIQ services and communities.

Not only will a deeper understanding of these issues reduce barriers for non-binary people in accessing medical and social affirmation and liberation, it will also help to foster a more expansive cultural understanding of gender more broadly.

Presented by Ari Dunphy.

Session length: 45 mins

How can we help? A rainbow-coloured conversation about school-based advocacy for parents, students & teachers

In schools all over the country, parents, teachers and students are advocating for greater inclusion of LGBTQIA+ students and families, often in isolation, without knowing what gains are being made in other schools, and what strategies are being effective.

In this session, advocates/activists from a variety of roles (teacher, parent, student, youth counsellor, teacher training officer, Wear It Purple board member) will share their thoughts on school-based advocacy/activism and how we can share and amplify the community knowledge on this.

Gender and sexuality-based bullying are common in schools and are linked to poorer psycho-social and educational outcomes for all students, particularly those identifying as LGBTQIA+ and those with LGBTQIA+ family members.

In this session, panelists will contribute their ideas about what is possible in schools, what strategies are effective, and how they might be applied in different contexts.

The panel will include people with diverse identities and experiences, including a teacher, a student, a child and family practitioner from a queer-focused support service, a parent in a same-sex relationship, and an ally parent.

Presented by Alex Stefan & Megan Grigg.

Panelists include: Chelsea Hendra & Mel Smith.

Session length: 45 mins

This is me : a storytelling session by SheQu Group

This session will consists of three queer women from an ethnic background who will share stories about their personal experience, leadership and vision for the future.

"Imagine you are an Ethnic migrant in Australia, facing issues of marginalization and isolation. Now to compound things you are also from LGBT+ Background, which makes you a minority among a minority.

There are many difficulties unique to migration. Queer women from diverse backgrounds experience social isolation, homesickness and cross-cultural barriers on a daily basis. They struggle to even get a simple job. They have health issues and are often uncertain how to tackle them, as most of the service providers are either primarily male dominated or lack input from LGBT ethnic women.

This session will be led by Kamalika, who is the founder of SheQu Group Inc. She will by Mikhara Ramsing, a social entrepreneur from Brisbane who founded Ground Chai & Ethnic LGBT+.

Presented by Kamalika Dasgupta.

Session length: 45 mins

Queer & Disabled : Intersections, inclusion, solidarity, community

In this panel discussion, representatives from the Sydney Queer and Disability community group (SQuAD) will discuss the complexities of queer, disabled, and Deaf/HoH experience, exploring opportunities for inclusion and solidarity.

The panel will explore the following key themes:

  • accessibility in queer, trans, and intersex spaces and movements
  • self advocacy at the intersections
  • sex and relationships
  • strengths, failures, and challenges of/within particular spaces and communities - infrastructural ableism, healthcare access, and the NDIS
  • economic inequality, capitalism, and people's worth being tied to ""productive potential""
  • Aboriginal LGBTIAQ+ communities and LGBTIAQ+ homelessness
  • pathologisation, erasure, and marginalisation
  • the varying (and intersecting) experiences of people with psychiatric, physical, sensory, and cognitive disabilities
  • visible and invisible disabilities
  • shared histories and options for future solidarity

Presented by the Sydney Queer and Disabled group (SQuAD).

Session length: 45 mins

Deaf Rainbow (English interpreted)

What does it mean to be Deaf and queer?

This session will have a panel of Deaf and Hard of Hearing people who will share their experiences. There would also be time allocated for a Q&A with audiences to be used as an opportunity for questions, misconceptions about Deaf people and the Deaf/HoH community.

Topics to be discussed will include:

  • Deaf/HoH identity and Queer identity
  • Exploring the difference between "deaf" and "Deaf", "Hard of Hearing" and "Hearing Impaired"
  • What is Auslan?
  • The accessibility or lack of accessibility in regards to providing Auslan education and resources to Deaf children/people
  • Linguistic barriers with Queer terminology/identities

The Deaf community is a minority itself and the Queer Deaf community is even smaller, however, despite its size it has a strong place in the community. It is a community that needs more awareness and support.

This session hopes to bridge the gap between other Queer communities and allow for a dialogue to be created.

Facilitated by Sam Martin, Deaf Rainbow.

Session length: 45 mins

Enhancing the response to Domestic Violence in LGBTI Communities

Media campaigns, support services, and police generally discuss and make policy about Domestic Violence (DV) as a “heterosexual problem” with victims of DV being females and children. As a result there are tens of thousands of LGBTI victims of DV who have inadequate support services, are not aware they are victims, or are too scared to seek support due to their sexuality or gender identity. The more equipped police and support services are to engage, refer, and connect with LGBTI communities, the more effective that response may be.

LGBTI people are less likely to see themselves as experiencing abuse or being an abuser if they cannot identify with the portrayed characteristics of domestic violence within the public eye, and therefore do not believe that support is available to them. This can contribute to the significantly higher rates of DV in LGBTI relationships when compared with heterosexual relationships.

A historical mistrust of Police puts LGBTI people in a far greater danger of becoming victims of significant or protracted abuse or violence as it does not allow Police or support services to engage with the victim and intervene in this cycle or provide support

Senior Constable Ben Bjarnesen is the coordinator of the Queensland Police Service LGBTI Support Network, which was developed in 2015 to support LGBTI Police Officers, staff members and their families. He is also the District Coordinator of the Queensland Police Service LGBTI Liaison Officer Program and in 2017 was named as one of the top 50 most influential and inspiring LGBTI Australians by Cosmopolitan Magazine.

This workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Police history with LGBTI Communities in Australia
  • DV in LGBTI Relationships
  • Hesitance in Reporting
  • Myths surrounding LGBTI Domestic Violence
  • Signs of Domestic & Family Violence
  • My personal story of being a survivor of DV
  • Why some LGBTI people don't identify their experience as DV
  • Behaviours and dynamics that are unique to DV in an LGBTI context
  • Why LGBTI people may be hesitant in accessing support services or reporting DV to Police
  • Signs of Domestic Violence
  • What you can do to help
  • Outline of the LGBTI Liaison Officer Program

Presented by Ben Bjarnesen.

Session length: 60 mins (will continue into the lunch break)

Becoming parents through Surrogacy 101

Surrogacy lawyer Stephen Page and fertility counsellor Miranda Montrone will outline how to overcome the hurdles of how to become parents through surrogacy.

This session will discuss the challenges faced by intended parents, and how to focus on supporting the surrogate and the baby, once born. The session will focus on surrogacy law in NSW as well as surrogacy laws overseas.

Presented by Stephen Page.

Session length: 60 mins (will continue into the lunch break)

Advancing LGBTIQ Health & Equality through collaboration and partnership

This session will host a panel that will reflect upon the experiences and learnings of a national LGBTI health organisation effectively using collaboration and partnerships to affect change in policy, research, service delivery, and communities.

This session will explore collaborative practices used by the National LGBTI Health Alliance. It will consist of a panel session with representatives from the three main Alliance projects – Qlife – Australia’s national help line for LGBTI people, MindOut – a national LGBTI mental health and suicide prevention project and Silver Rainbow - provides national coordination and support activities promoting the well-being of LGBTI elders and the ongoing delivery of the LGBTI awareness training to the aged care sector. They will be joined by the Alliance National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Project Officer and Policy Support Officer.

The panel will share their thoughts, knowledge, insights, and reflections on frameworks of collaboration when working with government, service providers, and LGBTI communities across generations and diversity groups to influence change nationally while still ensuring relevance to our members undertaking work at a regional or local level.

Presented by Samantha Edmond, LGBTI Health Alliance.

Session length: 45 mins

Unleashing future leaders. The untapped power of LGBTIQ mentors

Research shows the critical importance of visible role models and mentors on improving the experiences of LGBTIQ people in the workplace. This session aims to redefine what ‘leadership’ means and empower the LGBTIQ community to harness their leadership potential and see the value of leadership through mentoring.

Through case studies and real life examples, attendees will leave feeling empowered to consider the role they play in mentoring those around them, and highlight the value and importance of stepping up as leaders in their workplaces, communities and in all aspects of their lives.

"Out for Australia’s vision is to create an Australia where every LGBTIQ student and aspiring professional is confident to be their authentic self in workplaces which celebrate diversity. To achieve this vision, we acknowledge the power of LGBTIQ role models and mentors. Role models and mentors are leaders in our lives, and can be both in formal and informal leadership roles. They help us navigate our way through workplaces as we collectively strive towards creating a fairer, more equal and more just Australia."

Presented by Harriet Whyte, Out for Australia.

Session length: 45 mins

LGBTIQ & Interfaith Identities: Sexuality, Diverse Gender and Spiritual Inclusion

It is little wonder so many people have turned away from their origin of faith, and found instead connection with each other. Can you be LGBTIQ and spiritual?

This is a session for those who are both, and for those who are not. We deep dive into the experience of living with faith, and being sexuality and gender diverse, as we unravel the intricacies and impacts of one of the newest and most timely areas of intersectionality in and for our community.

In this session Lin Surch, community member, Interfaith Minister in Seminary and LGBTIQ inclusion specialist will facilitate an open discussion focused on courage, resilience and compassion, and lead a pivotal conversation on what it means to be LGBTIQ and spiritual today, how together we can learn from the past, and tomorrow break down the barriers so many have built against each other.

This session is for anyone wanting to learn more about this area, and is also for those who want to become leaders in this space. Creating a new way to hold space for ourselves and others, through building more inclusive spaces together within our communities - for each of us, no matter our spiritual path, sexuality, gender or spiritual path.

Presented by Lin Surch, Beyond Gender.

Session length: 45 mins

Union Pride Panel

Union Pride is the NSW Trade Union Movement's committee responsible for advancing issues & events that impact the LGBTIQ community in NSW and nationally.

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to hear from union officers on how their union seeks to activate and engage their members on LGBTIQA+ issues, and on how the union movement seeks to address issues raised by LGBTIQA+ people in the workplace.

Attendees will hear from representatives of three different unions who will discuss the work that they undertake to advance LGTBIQA+ issues and explore the forums and campaigns they may be able to engage with within their own union and/or community.

Facilitated by Mel Smith.

Session length: 45 mins

Making a discrimination complaint in NSW

Learn the process to make a complaint to the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW.

In this session attendees will:

  • Have a clear understanding of what they can do if they experience discrimination covered under the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act
  • Understand the process the ADBNSW provides to resolve their complaint
  • Feel encouraged to make a complaint knowing it will be independently assessed and determined assessed and investigated

Presented by Sonja Freeman, Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW

Session length: 45 mins

Queerspawn Unite!

"Queerspawn -- that is people with LGBTIQ+ parents -- have been organising, advocating and building community in the U.S. for decades."

This session will look at some of the unique advocacy issues surrounding people of all ages who have one or more LGBTIQ+-identified parent. Strategies for connecting and empowering queerspawn as well as lessons learned will also be explored.

Presented by Alison Delpercio, Human Rights Campaign

Session length: 45 mins (Part 1 of 2)

Moving Families from Rejection to Acceptance

Evidence-based strategies to help parents and caregivers of LGBTIQ+ youth move from a place of rejection to acceptance are currently being developed and evaluated in the U.S.

This session will look at some of the research on this topic and provide an opportunity to discuss ways to translate the work for families in Australia.

Presented by Alison Delpercio, Human Rights Campaign

Session length: 45 mins (Part 2 of 2)

Winding back the clock on equality: the religious freedom wars

The Religious Freedom Review led by Phillip Ruddock was established on the flawed premise that marriage equality posed a threat to religious freedom.

Join LGBTIQ+ advocates, legal experts and religious leaders to discuss this hot button issue and explore collective strategies to ensure that the Morrison Government’s efforts to legislate for religious freedom do not enshrine state sanctioned discrimination against LGBT people and impunity for church leaders who cause harm.

This session will be hosted by Equality Australia and feature leading LGBTIQ+ advocates, people of faith, and human rights legal experts achieving the ongoing campaign to remove religious exemptions that allow discrimination by faith based schools and other religious organisations.

Facilitated by Anna Brown. The panel will include Benjamin Oh, Board Member of Australian Catholics for Equality, Jo Inpkin, trans advocate and Board Member of Equal Voices.

Session length: 45 mins

Norm criticism as a method of building a movement that breaks down barriers

Norms are the unwritten, often invisible rules in society that dictates who has power and who suffers from discrimination. The people who follow norms are seen as normal and natural and has easier access to jobs, healthcare and power.

Norm criticism creates change by looking at and changing the core of society as we know it. Who has power in society and why?

Norm criticism was developed as a method in Sweden by RFSL Youth together with professors in gender studies and history. Through norm criticism, you can move from politics of tolerance towards a movement that breaks down barriers, towards a society where everyone can truly be themselves.

The focus in this session is on norms and unwritten rules about gender, but will also discuss sexuality and relationships. The session will teach the academic side of norm criticism as well as workshop the easy-to-use activist side.

Frank Berglund is chairperson of RFSL Youth, Sweden's LGBTQ youth federation, the leading organisation in the world when it comes to methods of norm criticism.

Presented by Frank Berglund, RSFL Ungdom

Session length: 90 mins

Promoting Inclusion within LGBTI+ Spaces : Queer Sporting Clubs

This session is about promoting inclusion within LGBTI+ spaces with a specific focus on queer sporting clubs. You will hear representatives from some of Sydney's Queer Sporting Clubs on opportunities and challenges in promoting their club and engaging intersectional identities within the LGBTI+ spectrum.

The session will be chaired by Dr Ryan Storr, Director of Proud 2 Play and some of the panelists will include Lauren Butterly, Sydney FrontRunners and Joanne Lamb, BentSticks Hockey Club.

Presented by Proud 2 Play.

Session length: 90 mins

Rainbow Families Youth Council : Including Children in community action

This session will showcase the Rainbow Families NSW Youth Council by hosting a panel where our kids can tell the audience what they have learned and what they are working on.

Facilitated by Rainbow Families NSW.

Session length: 45 mins

Multicultural Multifaith – A Way Forward

The Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC) is a not for profit organization that has been advocating for the rights of Multicultural Multifaith LGBTIQ people through research, education and community events for the past 14 years.

This workshop will discuss intersectionalities of Multicultural Multifaith LGBTIQ, building interstate AGMC chapters, United We Feast events and explore the question on where to from here?

Facilitated by Maria Bololia, AGMC.

Session length: 45 mins

Connecting communities within and outside of South Australia

This session will discuss ideas and plans to create a connected community in South Australia. How do we find the balance between the autonomy of groups while sharing resources and opportunities and what common goals as community leaders.

The presentation will discuss the complexities and lessons learnt through the experience in a growing push for a connected community and the success and challenges that have resulted. South Australia is fortunate to have an array of various sized community groups varying in goals and scope but struggles to unite as a community opposed from pride march annually.

This session will provide an opportunity to discuss the issues facing community groups post marriage equality. We will cover lessons from leaders about how to successfully combat the new issues faced as well as lessons learnt from when opportunities were missed and how to prevent them happening for you. It will also provide insight into how to work with other groups and how to create successful networks. We will also discuss ideas of how we can formally link these networks in the long term and create and opportunity for a truly connected community while recognising maintaining groups autonomy.

Presented by Sean Henschke & Leticia Albrect.

Session length: 45 mins

In our words: Being LGBTIQA+ and seeking asylum in Australia

We invite you to a session will explore the experiences of being LGBTIQA+ and seeking asylum here in Australia, with a focus on how this experience is also implicated by race, faith, gender; as well as explore existing stigma and our agency as change makers.

All panel members will have lived experience of being LGBTIQA+ and seeking protection in Australia. They will be giving you an account of what it means to be living in the community, thus NOT discussing offshore detention, or providing detailed accounts of their pre-arrival in Australia.

The panel includes people from different cultural, ethnic, faith and linguistic backgrounds. What unites them is their experience of seeking asylum in Australia and being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and all the other words that have not been discovered nor are fully understood.

"By being given this unique opportunity to represent ourselves, we hope to give a different perspective of living in Australia as an LGBTIQA+ person, and the daily challenges we face, the little wins that help us keep going. We want to inform people about how we as a community have come together to support each other, and hopefully show different ways in which the broader LGBTIQA+ community can support and create change for people seeking asylum."

Facilitated by Tina Dixson.

Session length: 45 mins

Queering your Content: Strategies to build your comfort educating others on all things LGBTIQ+

Are you the queer eye for your straight team? Feeling like you don’t know what you don’t know? This session will help build up your comfort level in queer competency and provide steps to facilitating learning among peers and allies.

Presented by Amil Reddy & Alison Delpercio

Session length: 45 mins