The Rainbow Calendar Photography Competition is back

Bfriend, August 2018

After a one year absence the Rainbow Calendar Project is back.

The success of the last two calendars has led to the RCP team launching its third photography competition to create yet another calendar, full of LGBTIQA+ photo goodness and event information.

This year’s theme is ‘Kaleidoscope: As we are’ and the organisers would love to see a huge range of submissions to help create a calendar showing the rich diversity and beauty of LGBTIQA+ life in Australia. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to enter – they want all types of submissions to showcase the huge range of talent and experiences within this community.

The top 12 winning photos will feature in the 2019 Rainbow Calendar – a free nationally distributed resource highlighting queer events and other important information. An additional 12 runner ups will feature in an exhibition at this year’s Adelaide Feast Festival.

Photographs will undergo a blind judging session by a panel of community members in the week following the closing date of Sunday 9 September 2018.

  • Entries close 11.59pm Sunday September 9th 2018. Further information about the competition, the theme and how to enter can be found at: www.rainbowcalendar.org

Not interested in making a submission? There are a few other ways you can help this project:

  • Visit www.rainbowcalendar.org and make a donation – every bit helps keep this project running
  • Share this post and the attached graphic to your friends, family, professional networks, work colleagues, neighbours, dog trainer, club president, and many more (both in SA and interstate!)
  • Join the Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/435788946902514/ and invite others
  • Encourage someone you know to make a photo submission

Sex Industry Network (SIN) events for FEAST festival

SIN, November 2017

SIN is the South Australian Sex Industry Network.

SIN is run by sex workers for sex workers and offers peer support, education, information, advocacy and referral services for sex workers.

SIN has two events scheduled for FEAST. These events are open to the general public.

1. SIN Retrospective

This multimedia retrospective by sex workers showcases projects, posters and artwork exploring the realities of trans, male, female and street-based sex workers across ages and cultural backgrounds.

When: from Thurs 9th- Mon 27th Nov, 11am – 10pm daily

(Opening night is Wed 8th Nov 5:30-7:30)

Where: Upstairs at the Edinburgh Castle Hote

2. Ask a Sex Worker a Question

Step into the Fantasy Brothel confidential confessional and ask a sex worker everything you always wanted to know about sex work but were too afraid to ask.

2 sessions:

Wed 15th Nov
4-6pm and 7-9pm

Wed 22nd Nov
4-6pm and 7-9pm

Where: Upstairs at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel

Latest Adelaide Gay Community Periodic Survey results released

Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW, 2017

The Adelaide Gay Community Periodic Survey is a cross-sectional survey of gay and homosexually active men recruited at a range of gay community sites in Adelaide. The major aim of the survey is to provide data on sexual, drug use and testing practices related to the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs) among gay men.

The most recent survey, the eleventh in South Australia, was conducted in November and December 2016 to coincide with the Adelaide Feast Festival. In total, 923 men participated in the 2016 survey.

Key points:

  • „ The proportion of men who reported ever having beentested for HIV has remained stable (and was reported by 82% in 2016).
  • „ Among non-HIV-positive men, the proportion who reportedtesting for HIV in the 12 months prior to the survey remained stable (and was reported by 69% in 2016).
  • „ The use of HIVtreatment by HIV-positive men has increased significantly over time (and was reported by all HIV-positive men in the 2016 survey).
  • „Mobile phone apps remain the most common way that men meet male sex partners (and was reported by 38% in 2016).
  • „ The proportion of men with regular male partners reportingcondomless anal intercourse with those partners has remained stable over time (and was reported by 59% in 2016).
  • „ The proportion of men with casual male partners reportingcondomless anal intercourse with those partners has increased over time (and was reported by 42% in 2016).injec
  • „ Use ofPrEP increased between 2014 and 2016 from 1% to 3% of non-HIV-positive men

Download report: Adelaide Gay Community Periodic Survey 2016 (PDF)

Free LGBTIQ advocacy workshop

Human Rights Law Centre, SA Department for Communities and Social Inclusion, SHine SA

Do you want to help turn promises of LGBTIQ reform into a reality?

Are you keen to have your voice heard in the campaign for marriage equality?

Are you up for changing hearts and minds?

Making Change Happen will inspire you to do just that. Hear from renowned rights advocate Anna Brown, along with other expert presenters for a panel discussion, and attend your choice of practical skills workshops.

Presenters include:

  • Niki Vincent, SA Equal Opportunity Commissioner
  • Anna Brown, Human Rights Law Centre
  • Dae Levine, Stakeholder Director, Australians for Equality
  • Sam Parton, Consultant in OaaS -Telstra Business

Special Guest Chair: Peter Goers, Evening Show, 891 ABC Adelaide

Saturday 29 October 2016 time 10am – 12pm

At 54 Hyde St, Adelaide

Register via email: makechangehappensa@gmail.com

Hosted by the Making Change Happen Working Group in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre.

Download flyer (PDF) here makingchangehappen_flyer

SAMESH Newsletter (5) September 2015

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South Australian Targeted HIV and STI Prevention Program

Newsletter (5) September 2015 

It’s been an exciting month for SAMESH with us finding a new home, rolling out new STI and HIV campaigns and recruiting SAMESH volunteers.

QUICK NEWS

  • The lease has been signed and the SAMESH team have a new home! SAMESH will be found in the city at 57 Hyde Street, Adelaide. We’ve set a move date for 2 November, so stay tuned for SAMESH’s official launch at our new site.
  • SAMESH has a new website: www.samesh.org.au/. Also you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter
  • SAMESH wishes to thank Jan Fisher for her generous donation of 600 books to SAMESH. We have made a commitment to Jan Fisher that the books will be made available to community members. SAMESH will establish a library committee in January 2016 and recruit community volunteers to ensure the new SAMESH Library grows and is accessible to the LGBTIQ community.
  • SAMESH has sponsored Feast, and our commitment has been recognised by Feast naming SAMESH the Official Health Partner for 2015 -2016. SAMESH looks forward to working with Adelaide’s leading LGBTIQ Arts Festival throughout the year. Look out for our Drama Down Under Spring campaign throughout the festival.
  • The inaugural South Australian HIV and STI Collaborative Action Group (CAG) had its first meeting, and the HIV sector of South Australia will work collaboratively throughout 2015 -2016 to implement the SA HIV Implementation and Evaluation Plan.
  • SAMESH wishes to thank Ian Purcell, Tim Reeves and Will Sergeant for inviting SAMESH to attend numerous commemorative events for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Gay Law Reform in South Australia. SAMESH’s Team Leader, Wills Logue, looks forward to participating in the State of LGBTI Rights community forum run by the Gay and Lesbian Health Alliance on Saturday 17 October, at the Wheatsheaf Hotel.

COUNSELLING

SAMESH Counselling Service has begun at SHine SA with our peer counsellor Rob Willoughby. A new online counselling service will commence when SAMESH moves to the city location. For an appointment with Rob (Tuesday – Thursday) call Shine SA reception on 1300 794 584.

SAMESH will establish a peer volunteer counselling service in the near future. If you’re a qualified counsellor and a gay man and/or person living with HIV, please contact our volunteer coordinator Daniel Jefferies via email:   daniel.jeffries@shinesa.org.au

VOLUNTEERS

SAMESH’s Volunteer program is up and running. We have recruited community members to pack our ‘Safe Packs’ for distribution across Adelaide gay venues, social groups and sexual health Clinics.

We’re looking to recruit volunteers to help with SAMESH outreach during Pride March, Feast, Picnic and World AIDS Day. If you want more information contact Daniel, details below.

SAMESH volunteer co-ordinator delivered his first sauna outreach sessions last Friday and we’re looking to recruit and train community members to provide sexual health information to sauna users. If you use the sauna and are keen to become a safer sex SAMESH ambassador contact Daniel: email daniel.jeffries@shinesa.org.au

GetPEP

The GetPEP campaign has been launched, with posters being distributed to Pulteney 431, Mars Bar & various pub/club locations around Adelaide over the next month. Look out for SAMESH PEP coasters, condoms and business cards at numerous queer and non queer venues across Adelaide.

Blaze readers can see our PEP advert in the September issue. For further information check out our updated PEP info page: http://www.samesh.org.au/been-exposed-(pep).html

POSITIVE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT – By Steve Moran

A highlight for me has been attending the Positive Leadership Development Institute™ (PLDI™) “Who am I as a Leader” workshop. The workshop was held in the stunning Dandenong Ranges from 4 – 6 September, and to say the workshop was motivational and inspirational would be an understatement!

The Positive Leadership Development (PLDI™) offers people living with HIV across Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to develop skills for leadership and resilience. PLDI™ is about identifying and building the personal sense of agency and capacity that translates into resilient leadership practices and strengthened community outcomes.

The workshop was attended by 12 amazingly diverse people living with HIV (PLHIV) from across Australia and New Zealand. The diversity of our experiences as PLHIV across age, gender, sexuality and time since diagnosis allowed us to bond and discuss the issues that impact our communities and how we can work together to create a rich web of connection and community. The workshop activities were at times personally challenging but intensely rewarding. As a community of people living with HIV we learnt a lot by stepping outside of our own realms of knowledge and connecting with others such as taking more with positive women, younger people living with HIV and people living with HIV from different cultural backgrounds. The people I shared the intense experience with will stay with me forever and since the workshop we have been frantically keeping in touch to build on the sense of urgency, energy and excitement we experienced.

Over the coming months you will be hearing more about the Positive Leadership Development Institute™ and how SAMESH will be supporting other PLHIV in the community to attend future workshops around the country.

If you would like to know more about the Positive Leadership Development Institute please feel free to call me Mon – Fri 08 8300 5371 or email steve.moran@shinesa.org.au.