Responding to LGBT conversion therapy in Australia: report

GLHV@ARCSHS, La Trobe University & Human Rights Law Centre, 2018

This report highlights the nature, extent and impact of LGBT conversion therapies in Australia.

The report is designed to help government, support services and faith communities to better respond to those experiencing conflict between their gender identity or sexual orientation and their beliefs.

The ‘revolutionary’ programs giving hope to LGBT domestic violence survivors

Updated 

Studies show people in same-sex relationships experience domestic violence at similar — and possibly higher — rates as opposite-sex couples.

But until recently survivors have suffered in silence and worse, been ignored and misunderstood by the health professionals and police who are supposed to help them, because of the persistent stigma and shame surrounding LGBT abuse and misconceptions that especially lesbian couples are immune from it.

OMID magazine for Afghan and Farsi speaking LGBT people

PEACE Multicultural Services, RASA, 2016

OMID is a new magazine for our Afghan and Farsi speaking friends around the world, who are same-sex attracted, trans-gendered or who are questioning their sexuality and/or gender. Whether you live in Australia, Afghanistan, Iran or anywhere else in the world, we hope that this magazine reaches you, provides you with valuable information and touches your heart. OMID (meaning hope), like a beacon of light at the end of a dark tunnel, is what keeps us going even in the toughest of times.”

OMID has a strong focus on health and well-being and is filled with stories, poems, personal experiences, film reviews and artworks. If you have a client, a friend or a family member that would like to contribute to the magazine in future or would like to know more about what PEACE Multicultural Services of Relationships Australia SA do and the support they offer, please email them on omid@rasa.org.au . The current issue is of OMID is November 2016.

  • Read, download or subscribe to issues of OMID here 

LGBT Seniors Are Being Pushed Back Into the Closet

The Atlantic, August 31 2016

Reluctance to reveal their sexual identity is widespread among non-heterosexual senior citizens in long-term care. A recent national survey of this population by the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging—which provides support and services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender elders—found that the respondents were frequently mistreated by care-center staff, including cases of verbal and physical harassment, as well as refusal of basic services. Some respondents reported being prayed for and warned they might “go to hell” for their sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

Cutting Edge Issues in Sexuality and Relationships Education (Forum)

SHine SA, October 2016

You are warmly invited to an interactive forum which will be held as an adjunct to the Australasian Sexual Health Conference being held in Adelaide, November 2016.

Who is this for? Teachers, community educators, health promotion officers, registered nurses and midwives, doctors, counsellors and other interested people.

Forum Themes • Taking gender and sexual diversity seriously • Confidence in teaching about sexual violence • Student ‘voice’ in sexuality education: problems and possibilities • Pre-service teacher education: the hope for change in sexual and relationships education

Panel Members

Professor Peter Aggleton: Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Australia

• Dr Helen Calabretto: SHine SA

• Associate Professor Tiffany Jones: Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University

• Jane Flentje: Educational Consultant; former Coordinator Teacher Education, SHine SA

• James Castle: Schools Coordinator, Schools Education & Support, SHine SA; White Ribbon Ambassador

• Professor Bruce Johnson: School of Education, University of South Australia

• Natalie Terminelli: Teacher, Woodville High School

• Dr Debbie Ollis: School of Education, Deakin University

• Dr Deborah Bateson: Family Planning NSW; President, Australasian Sexual Health Alliance

When 16 November 2016: Registration: 3.00 – 3.20 pm; Forum: 3.20 – 6.00 pm

Where University of South Australia, City West Campus, BH 2.09 Lecture Theatre (Barbara Hanrahan Building)

Transport Public car parking is available in Hindley Street. Tram, bus and train transport are convenient to the City West Campus.

Cost $20 (includes refreshments).

Registration Click here to register by 5.00pm Monday 14 November. There will be limited places available at the door (cash only), but we would prefer pre-registration to assist us with catering.

Further information: Gemma Weedall (08) 8300 5394 or Helen Calabretto (08) 7099 5318

Download flyer here cutting-edge-issues-forum-flyer

A qualitative study exploring social support group participation among LGBT migrants and refugees in Canada

“It’s for us –newcomers, LGBTQ persons, and HIV-positive persons. You feel free to be”: a qualitative study exploring social support group participation among African and Caribbean lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender newcomers and refugees in Toronto, Canada

BMC International Health and Human Rights
201616:18DOI: 10.1186/s12914-016-0092-0

Background

Stigma and discrimination harm the wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and contribute to migration from contexts of sexual persecution and criminalization. Yet LGBT newcomers and refugees often face marginalization and struggles meeting the social determinants of health (SDOH) following immigration to countries such as Canada. Social isolation is a key social determinant of health that may play a significant role in shaping health disparities among LGBT newcomers and refugees. Social support may moderate the effect of stressors on mental health, reduce social isolation, and build social networks. Scant research, however, has examined social support groups targeting LGBT newcomers and refugees. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore experiences of social support group participation among LGBT African and Caribbean newcomers and refugees in an urban Canadian city.

Conclusions

Findings suggest that social support groups tailored for LGBT African and Caribbean newcomers and refugees can address social isolation, community resilience, and enhance resource access. Health care providers can provide support groups, culturally and LGBT competent health services, and resource access to promote LGBT newcomers and refugees’ health and wellbeing.

  • Full text (open source) here