One in four people say those in same-sex relationships ‘should be charged as criminals’

The Guardian, 1st November 2017

More than one in four people across the world think people engaging in same-sex relationships should be charged as criminals, according to a new survey of 77 countries and territories.

However, there were major divisions in attitudes towards the criminalisation of those engaging in same-sex relationships when broken down across regions, the 2017 Ilga-Riwi global attitudes survey to sexual and gender minorities found.

First medical study on chest binding recently published

The first medical study on chest binding transgender and non-binary people was published last year. 

The researchers hope that the study will provide an initial roadmap for change, educating physicians on the benefits and impacts of binding and allowing those who bind to take charge of their health. They scoured peer-reviewed literature and information from health clinics, LGBTQ organizations, and online community resources, coming up with 28 potential health outcomes from binding. 1,800 respondents answered an online survey with questions ranging from how often they bound, what they used to bind their chests with, and their gender identity.

  • Read more about the study and chest-binding here 
  • Read study abstract here (for full text, see your librarian)

Stanford launches free online course to boost understanding of transgender kids

Stanford Medicine, 

Stanford has launched a free online course that has been created to fill the knowledge gap in medical education about transgender children’s health.

The course, which consists of 18 short videos, grew from a desire to raise awareness of the needs of transgender children.



HOW2 Create LGBTI Inclusive Services: 2017 dates announced

SHINE SA, April 2017

The 2017 round of SHINE SA’s HOW2 Create Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Inclusive Services program commences next month.

By enrolling your organisation in this program, key staff in your organisation will gain the knowledge and skills to drive organisational change to become safer and more inclusive for LGBTI clients, staff and communities. Your organisation will benefit immediately from the implementation of practical exercises in the workplace and completion of the HOW2 program will lay the foundations for successfully achieving Rainbow Tick Accreditation.

One of our 2016 round participants, Kay Goodman-Dodd of Eldercare, told us of the impact the program has had on her organisation:

“The action plan that we developed over the course of the HOW2 program has enabled us to raise awareness, educate staff, consult community and promote our service as LGBTI inclusive. As participants, we felt supported to go back to our organisations and identify, promote and support manageable change. We are excited to be working toward our commitment to undertake Rainbow Tick accreditation and will continue to benefit from the networks we established during the program.”

The HOW2 program is based on a set of 6 national standards developed by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV), in conjunction with QIP (Quality, Innovation & Performance), known as Rainbow Tick Accreditation.

  • The 2017 HOW2 program commences on 18 May. Please click here to find out more and enrol.


Working with gender diverse young people and their families: free webinar

Australian Institute of Family Studies, April 2017

Working with gender diverse young people and their families: a free webinar presented by Dr Louise Cooper and Ari Dunphy

Increasing numbers of children and young people are identifying as gender questioning, gender diverse or transgender, and presenting for support from professionals in mental health, family services, and child and youth services. Queerspace at Drummond Street Services has responded to many families presenting for assistance for themselves, their child, siblings and other family members or caregivers in dealing with the questions and challenges that arise from the experience of being gender diverse.

This webinar will introduce ideas of gender and identity formation and discuss the struggles that individuals, families and services face in responding to the changing landscape in this area. Adapted case studies from Queerspace’s own work will be used to discuss ways of working with and supporting these young people and their family members. This webinar will provide an opportunity to explore some of the essential information and skills needed for practitioners to deepen their understanding of gender, and work in an inclusive and affirmative manner.

The FRESH Course: SHine SA’s Sexual Health Course for Youth & Community Workers

SHINE SA, posted 7/4/17

The FRESH Course: SHINE SA’s Sexual Health Course for Youth & Community Workers is a dynamic 3-day course which aims to update workers to include relationships and sexual health education and support them in their work.

On completion of the FRESH Course you will have:

> an increased level of confidence working with clients in the area of sexual health

> a better understanding of how values and beliefs may influence your practice in this area of work

> a new vocabulary about sexual health and relationships to use when talking with your clients

> practical skills to address clients’ sexual health needs through assessment, program development, delivery and evaluation

> become familiar with current resources available and how to use them effectively with clients to explore the many areas of sexuality and sexual health

A further optional module, FRESH Assessment, relates to planning, delivering and evaluating a multi-session education program in the workplace.

When 10, 11 & 12 May 2017 (Wed, Thurs, Fri)

Where SHine SA, 64c Woodville Road, Woodville

Time 9am – 5pm

Cost $399 Student Concession: $199. Early Bird Concession: 10%  off if registered 2 months ahead

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Sexual Health
  • Attitudes to Sex & Sexuality
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Contraception
  • Pregnancy Options
  • Safer Sex & STIs
  • Gender & Diversity
  • Sexual Violence
  • Pleasure
  • Resources
  • Interactions between mental health and sexual health

Further Information & online enrolment:


Phone 8300 5324 / Email

Download flyer: FRESH Youth May 2017