Asian, Gay & COVID-19 (Free online event)

 Gay Asian Proud & Thorne Harbour Health, July 2020

A live online chat with James & Amirul – sharing their lived experience as same-sex attracted guys with Asian backgrounds.

Date And Time:

Thu, 6 August 2020, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM ACST

Living Room Sharing Session:

Join Gay Asian Proud (GAP) coordinators James and Amirul in this casual, friendly and insightful conversation about being gay, Asian, moving away from home and living in the midst of COVID-19 restrictions.

Listen to them share their experiences about living in Australia, overcoming challenges as a migrant and international student, maintaining emotional and mental well-being during the COVID-19 lockdown.

This session welcomes all of the LGBTIQ+ community and their allies. Attendees will be able to ask questions during the online chat which James & Amirul will endeavour to answer in a live Q & A after the session.

Meet the guys:

Amirul (or Rul for short) is a proud GAY-sian guy, born and raised in Sunny Singapore and has been living in Melbourne, Australia for almost 8 years. He first arrived in Australia back in 2012 as an international student and calls Melbourne home for now. Originally starting out as a member, he is now one of the volunteer facilitators for the social support group, Gay Asian Proud,

James is a migrant from Singapore and a former international student who has been living in Australia for more than 10 years. He is a Thorne Harbour Health peer education facilitator, and a Community Reference Group member at the Victorian Pride Centre. He writes “The Well-Fed Nomad”, a Facebook food blog about his cooking and eating experiences around the world. His passion for arts and culture has brought him to Asia and Europe to participate in cross-cultural leadership and international collaboration programs.

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

Tickets to the LGBTI Family Violence Forum available now (free online events)

Thorne Harbour Health, 22nd July 2020

Effecting Change and Accountability: Family Violence Interventions for LGBTI Communities: Monday 10th to Friday 14th August 2020

Since the release of Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations in 2016, LGBTI family violence service providers and mainstream family violence services who are attaining rainbow tick accreditation have worked more deliberately to develop and sustain inclusive and informed responses to LGBTI people using or experiencing family violence.

This annual community-led forum offers a platform to LGBTI community organisations and allied organisations to present their work, share knowledge, skills and look at service areas that need further development. This forum will provide information, presentations, interactive workshops and networking opportunities for service providers and other professionals about family violence in LGBTI communities.

We invite practitioners and community advocates from family violence sector and LGBTI community sectors, allied health sector practitioners, policy writers, victim survivor advocates, community organisers and people who are committed to the work to end family violence and break down LGBTI stigma and discrimination, increase community connectedness, improve community awareness of the needs of LGBTI communities, as well as striving to remove barriers to LGBTI inclusion, celebration, and embracing diversity.

Tickets available now: 

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.”