FORUM: Gender & Sexual Diversity, Christianity & Mental Health

MIFSA, October 2016

What is the experience of someone who identifies as LGBTIQ / gender or sexually diverse (GSD) within a faith system that is still largely non accepting of same-sex relationships and gender diversity?

How do those who are GSD and part of the Christian tradition respond to the message that they are loved by God but that their diversity is not as God intended?

Is the mental health of GSD individuals helped or hindered within Christian community?

You are invited to come along and hear from people who will tell their story about being (or having been) Christian and Gender or Sexually Diverse. These are personal stories shared from lived experience and we ask you to be mindful and respectful of different experiences.

23rd November, Wed. 1.30pm – 3pm

Conference Room, 5 Cooke Terrace, Wayville


  • Sue Wickham (Minister – Church of the Trinity, Clarence Park)
  • Karen Barnes (Community Worker MIFSA)
  • Kat Evans (Community Worker MIFSA)

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL:  or Ph:8378 4100

Download flyer here nov-forum_16-gendersexual-diversity_christianitymental-health



LGBTIQ Cultural Awareness Training

Would you like to know more about the LGBTIQ community and increase your skills?  MIFSA is conducting FREE training to mental health and community service workers in the SAFKI Medicare Local region.

This is a chance to find out how to support LGBTIQ people who are likely to access your service.

The training gives you a safe space to ask difficult questions, learn about language, and consider how your service can be actively inclusive and attract this target group. Gain insight into what is preventing the LGBTIQ people from seeking support and build confidence in working with this community.

Training sessions will only be available between March – June 2015. MIFSA will come to you and train your staff at no cost.