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 . The current issue is of OMID is November 2016.

  • Read, download or subscribe to issues of OMID here 

Two surveys for young LGBTIQ people

19 August, 2016

There are currently two surveys seeking data from young Australian LGBTIQ people, in order to ultimately assess and improve worker’s practice when it comes to this population, and the overall wellbeing of communities.

  1. University of Tasmania – How Young LGBTIQ+ people in Australia use digital social media.

A team of researchers at the University of Tasmania are currently working on a research project that examines how young (aged 16-35) lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or questioning (LGBTIQ+) people in Australia use digital social media.

They know that social media and technology is important for LGBTIQ+ young people in Australia but they want to know more about how they use different platforms (like Facebook and Snapchat). They want to improve the information available to people who work with these young people, with the overall aim to enhance their overall wellbeing.

So they are asking young LGBTIQ+ people in Australia to fill in a short survey about their experiences using social media. All respondents can go in the draw to win a $30 iTunes gift card.

The survey is anonymous, and young people can skip any question they are not comfortable answering.

The survey will take up to 15 minutes, and can be accessed here

2. University of Western Australia – the mental health experiences and care pathways of trans* young people

This research aims to improve the lives of trans* individuals growing up in Australia by exploring possible barriers to accessing services. This information will help to inform policies, health professionals, other researchers, parents of trans* individuals, other trans* young people and the wider community about how relevant services can best meet the needs of trans* young people.

This study is open to both trans* young people and parents or guardians of trans* young people. If you are living in Australia and you are a trans* young person aged 14-25, or if you are a parent/guardian of a trans* young person 25 or younger you are able to participate. Young people are able to participate in this research without the consent of their parent/guardian, and because you don’t provide your name, parents/guardians will not be made aware of a young person’s participation. If you are a young person, you should only consider participating in this study if you feel that you are mature enough to answer the questions on this topic.

Information will be presented in such a way that you will remain anonymous. You don’t have to answer anything you don’t want to and you can also stop doing the survey if you feel upset.

The survey will take about a half hour of your time, and can be accessed here