Community Forum: Sex Work Decriminalisation (free online event)

Thorne Harbour Health, July 2020

A review into the decriminalisation of sex work in Victoria is currently underway. Join us to learn about sex work decriminalisation from an expert panel including representatives of the Scarlet Alliance, Sex Industry Network, Vixen Collective, SWOP NT and Respect QLD.

The event will feature presentations on the current regulatory framework in different Australian jurisdictions and the lived experiences of sex workers under the criminalised model, followed by a panel discussion covering issues such as licensing, mandatory STI testing, and recent reform efforts.

Forum date & time: Wed, 29 July 2020 at 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ACST

SAMESH cooking class presents: Pam’s Pumpkin & Corn Soup

SAMESH, 26/06/2020

Who doesn’t love a recipe from mum? This week we bring you Pam’s Pumpkin & Corn Soup – made by Paul’s mum especially for our recipe posts!

This recipe is a winter favourite that Pam makes whenever there is an excess of pumpkin in the vegie patch.

Pam is an old school home cook, but is always willing to test her skills trying something new – and come winter it is all about cooking warming meals and soups.

Pam is an avid fan of Masterchef and the Food Network, and she has a cupboard filled with recipe books old and new – which makes Paul’s life easier when he’s looking for a recipe to bring us for the SAMESH cooking class presents series! We continue to present recipes & tips while our face-to-face cooking classes for PLHIV and older LGBTIQ+ folk are unable to proceed.

NOTE: If you are a vegetarian, you can swap vegie stock for the chicken stock. Spring Gully Worcestershire Sauce is vegetarian and does not contain anchovies.

SAMESH cooking class presents:  Roast Vegetable Patties

SAMESH, 5th June 2020

SAMESH are stuck unable to their monthly cooking class for PLHIV and older LGBTIQ+ folk in person, so here is a new recipe from Paul for community members to try at home: patties made from roast vegetables. 

Whether you have some leftover roast vegetables, or whether you roast some especially for this recipe, you will love this delicious and hearty way to get some more vegetables into your diet.

Paul says: “these are healthy, vegetarian-friendly, yummy, and only take minutes to prepare and cook!”

SAMESH cooking class presents: Nourishing Bean Soup

SAMESH, 29/5/2020

This week, in In lieu of SAMESH’s face to face cooking classes for PLHIV and older LGBTIQ+ folk, Paul has worked on a soup recipe for community members to try at home. What better in this weather than a warming and nourishing bean soup?!

Paul says: “This week’s recipe is a winter warmer with a healthy angle- it’s perfect for vegetarians too. It is a nourishing bean soup with a rich tomato flavour: and like all soups, you can change the ingredients to suit your tastes or what is in your pantry or fridge.”

 

 

SAMESH cooking class presents: Blueberry Cake

SAMESH, 15/5/2020

SAMESH have still not been able tor resume their face to face cooking classes for PLHIV & older LGBTIQ+ folk, so Paul is continuing to develop recipes for you to try at home. This week he indulges the sweeter side with a tangy crumbly blueberry cake!  

Paul says: “This blueberry cake is very easy to make, and is surprisingly light – and tasty too!  You can use fresh or frozen berries, and you can use any kind of berry you choose (or a mix).

Depending on how sweet your tooth is, you can also cut the amount of sugar in the cake mix by half, as the crumb topping adds further sweet sugary goodness.

Serve it on its own with a cup of coffee or tea – or have as a dessert and top it with a warm custard and cream.”

Embracing Community this International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (Media Release)

SHINE SA Media Release: 15 May 2020

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia recognises the strength and community spirit of LGBTIQA+ people, allows for broader community support, while at the same time acknowledging the stigma, discrimination and violence faced by LGBTIQA+ individuals.

A sense of community can contribute to self-worth and acceptance as well as address isolation. A safe and welcoming community for LGBTIQA+ people provides essential support. This is especially true given that sexuality, gender identity and intersex status aren’t necessarily visible. Having a community provides a voice to ensure that LGBTIQA+ people’s needs and concerns are being heard.

In this time of social distancing for all of us, it’s more important than ever to maintain a sense of community. For many LGBTIQA+ people the current environment makes it difficult to physically connect with their communities, which is especially important if individuals are in isolation with unsupportive people.

For those that identify as LGBTIQA+, there are many groups and spaces available to stay connected with communities in South Australia. Some of the online spaces and services include:

  • qsOnline, a discord based social space for LGBTQIA+ people ran by The Queer Society. It has a range of different channels allowing people to talk about any and all of their interests.
  • Trans Femme SHINE SA and TransMascSA, private Facebook groups for transgender people to socialize and discuss their personal experience.
  • Moolagoo Mob & Blak Lemons, a social space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who identify as LGBTIQA+, including sistergirls and brotherboys.
  • SHINE SA’s Gender Wellbeing Service and Gender Connect Country SA provide free peer-based support over the phone and can help provide connections through groups and other safe spaces for those that identify as trans, gender diverse or gender questioning.

Awareness and support for LGBTIQA+ people should also extend into our workplace. LGBTIQA+ training is key to providing an inclusive workplace, to learn more you can visit SHINE SA’s LGBTI Inclusion Training page.

SHINE SA celebrates International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia and recognises the particular strengths LGBTIQA+ people bring to all of our communities.

For further information and media enquiries contact Tracey Hutt, Director Workforce Education and Development