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LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

Dear Members, Community Members, and Ally’s,

Welcome to September’s newsletter.

Thank you for getting behind the Annual Perth City Barn Dance. This year we were joined by Minister Stephen Dawson, the Government’s hardest working minister (who has to the unenviable job of sorting out all the challenging departments as needed!). We were also fortunate to be joined by Councillors Clyde Bevan and Dr Viktor Koh from the City of Perth, and the Mayor of Victoria Park, Karen Vernon. Thank you again to all the volunteers and in particular, thank you to Vic Park Pride for getting this event off the ground and arranging everything from the badges to developing a new drink called the “pink pony”. I especially want to acknowledge Adrian Tilby for his drive and commitment to our community Barn Dance; it certainly has become a weekend to lock into our calendars!

Last year GRAI took a big step as we became one of only 12 communities across the country to receive funding for a Village Hub. This is designed to alleviate loneliness and isolation for older Australians and GRAI is the only LGBTIQA+ community participant.

For GRAI, our work with our Elders (55+) in context shows us higher incidences of:

  • Poverty
  • Housing insecurity, particularly for women and trans people above the age of 50
  • Chronic disease
  • Poorer mental health outcomes
  • Loneliness (which is as detrimental to your health as smoking)

When we look at direct funding from the Australian Government and Australian Charities, LGBTIQA+ Community Agencies get about 5 cents for every $100 spent to carry out their work (for those good at maths, that’s 0.0005%). When we look even further at the breakdown, funding for Elders does not even get mentioned.
 
With the support of the US Consulate, GRAI used this year’s Barn Dance to launch our “Elders Quality of Life Survey”. This survey looks at an LGBTI Elder’s understandings of their Wellness, (including aspects of their physical and mental health, or to use the American term “behavioural health’). It seeks to start a conversation about the housing and need for social connection – and how our Elders would like that support. Please see below for details about how to access the survey. We are hoping to reach a broad range of our LGBTI Elders, aged 50 plus.
 
By asking what do you need, we can start to plan our activities towards making a better LGBTIQA+ Elders Village Hub, and develop a narrative of how best to support the needs of our community into the future. With future projections that LGBTIQA+ Elders will be 15.9% of the population by 2030, we are going to need more than the current 0.0005% of funding currently available!
 
Thank you again to Dr Rowan Brooker and Kedy Kristal for leading this initiative.

See you at a GRAI event soon,

With Pride,
 
 
Michael 
Chair, GRAI Board

QUALITY OF LIFE SURVEY

As part of its Village Hub project, GRAI is conducting a quality-of-life survey of LGBTI people 50 +years. Survey results will help GRAI to develop services that better meet the needs of different groups of LGBTI elders in Western Australia.

The survey is open until the end of the year, and we want to reach as many as possible; particularly those not connected to community and those in the regional and rural areas of WA.

Please share the survey with friends and through your networks.

The outcomes from the survey will be available as a community report and will help guide GRAI’s work into the future.

To complete the survey online, click here. For a printable copy of they survey, please email villagehub@grai.org.au and to do the survey by telephone, please text 0439 368 023. 

DRAG BINGO INTO THE BARN

Hosted by the gorgeous Cougar Morrison and feisty Fay Rocious, Drag Bingo in the Barn was a lot of fun! There were some great prizes to be won and folk literally fell over themselves in a bid to win the giant pink dildo (there were also some premature cries of ‘Bingo’)!!!

The GRAI table was favoured with fortune, with Karron taking out the main prize of accommodation for two at the Sheraton Hotel 🙂
She also sported a very cool t-shirt!

BARN DANCE 2022

The weather gods were kind and gave us clear skies for the 4th Barn Dance which was held on Saturday 20th August.

With 800 people attending it was the biggest Barn Dance to date. The smiles and laughter were infectious, as people enjoyed doing the Hokey pokey, Nutbush, YMCA and other more traditional bush dances which were led by the Mucky Duck Bush Band and Outdance. Perth showed us how many talented seamsters we have out there with many dressing to the occasion and glamorising country attire.

But lastly, this event wouldn’t happen without the support and commitment of volunteers, so a huge hug and thank you to each and everyone of them.

Pictured below are two of the key organisers of Barndance, Adrian and Manuao.

LGBTI ELDERS GAMES HUB

Coming up in September, we have two more games hub events; one NOR and one SOR:

  • NOR – Monday 19th September at Community Vision Social Centre, 5 Trappers Drive, Woodvale
  • SOR – Wednesday September 28th, at Fremantle Library, 151 High Street, Fremantle

We specialise in laughter, chocolate biscuits and good coffee… we also learn a new game or play an old favourite. There is a game for everyone (straight-forward or complex).

Here are the dates and venues for the rest of 2022!

If you need more information or you would like support getting there, please contact Rowan at villagehub@grai.org.au or call Rowan on
0493 368 023

Download the flier to share here

 

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK LUNCH

The first GRAI LGBTI Intergenerational Playgroup is coming up on September 21st, 9.30am – 12.30pm at the Fremantle Library. If you would like to interact with little ones, or you are part of a Rainbow Family with pre-schoolers, please come along 🙂

Download a copy of the flier here.

FREE TRAINING: RIGHT TO BELONG

Join us for this FREE training for those working in the aged care sector on September 13th, 9am – 4pm.

Click here to book via the Eventbrite link.
Click here to download the flier.

MENTAL HEALTH WEEK LUNCH WITH GRAI

Click here to book.

Click here to download a copy of the flier to share.

WOMEN’S HEALTH

We are seeking helpers to support the Women’s Dance in October. If you are able to help out, please contact Kedy eo@grai.org.au

Book here.

Download a copy of the flier here.

SENIORS WEEK – November 7th – 13th

LGBTIQA+ INTERGENERATIONAL HOUSING FORUM

Happening on Monday 7th November (2-4pm), this is an opportunity to discuss our proposed intergenerational LGBTI housing forum. Essentially, we want to bring together elders with a spare room with students who need accommodation. We can see many benefits to this arrangement, including company, intergenerational sharing of culture and lived experience as an LGBTI person, and shared support such as assistance with gardening or cooking and learning English as a second language.

Come along to hear our guest speaker, and to share your ideas and enthusiasm!

To book your place on Eventbrite, click here.

To download the flier to share, click here.

BEFRIENDER PROGRAM

On Tuesday 8th November, 10am – 12pm, we will be presenting information about GRAI’s LGBTI Elders Befriender Program. This is a great opportunity for people working with LGBTI Elders to learn more about the program and learn how to refer peopleasell as for potential Befrienders and Befriendees to connect with us.

We will have a pop-up LGBTI Elders Games Hub and morning tea … feel free to join us for a game and a cuppa 🙂

To book your place on Eventbrite, click here.

To download a copy of the flier to share, click here.

TENDER FUNERALS DOCUMENTARY

Tender, the documentary directed by Lynette Wallworth and produced by Kath Shelper, tells the story of a feisty and resilient community group in Port Kembla who decided to take back the control and responsibility of caring for, and burying their loved ones. 
 
Scattered throughout this documentary are stories that cut to the core, revealing why this community have decided to take on a practice that for most is taboo. As their plans for community-based funerals gather momentum, one of their own is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Tender is at once a heartbreakingly beautiful and funny glimpse of an extraordinary community taking on one of the most essential challenges of human life…its end.
 
The Tender documentary and a crowd funding campaign led by Jenny Briscoe-Hough and the Port Kembla community, raised more than $120,000 to buy an old fire station and convert it to the first Tender Funerals site in 2016.
 
Tender Funerals have a mission to provide personalised and affordable funerals, and to demystify the funeral process and put it back in the hands of the grieving.

Tender Funerals are low-cost. Any profits go towards providing meaningful and affordable funerals, ensuring that everyone can afford a Tender funeral.  A Tender funeral empowers families to have funerals and practices which reflect the wishes of the person who has died, their family and community.

All Tender Funerals services are owned and operated by their local community as social franchises of Tender Funerals Australia. Families are encouraged to use their communities and network as a resource to create the funeral that feels right for them.

There has been a surge of interest from communities across Australia, who want to start their own Tender. With the support and encouragement of Social Ventures Australia (SVA) and Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA), Tender Funerals Australia was established in 2020 as a not-for-profit to support and resource a network of services around Australia.

There are currently two operational sites in NSW and five communities working to establish a Tender (Perth, Tasmania, Canberra, Far North QLD and Melbourne).

GRAI has organised a FREE showing of the Tender documentary

Wednesday 9th November 2-4pm

City of Perth Library Auditorium,
573 Hay Street, Perth.

Please register with Eventbrite:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tender-documentary-tickets-402264342477

Following the documentary representatives from Tender Funerals Perth will hold a Q&A for the LGBTI community.  

Download the flier to share here.

TIM GRANT EXHIBITION

Tim Grant (aka pictim) was born in WA, spent his formative years growing up around Fremantle, and later worked travelling war torn countries documenting the fight against landmines.
 

While studying photography at Mount Lawley, Tim experimented and practiced his craft by capturing the local 80s culture around him. Times were different for a photographer then; nobody objected to being photographed in the street, and using film meant being very selective with the imagery. Plus, any sort of recording devices were strictly forbidden in the gay nightclub scene. 

These images are a collection from special events: The Clarendon Fete, Gay Olympics, Pride parades, Tim’s friends, artists and performers, and selective portraits of Drag Queens, punks and acquaintances. 

Click here to register
Click here to download a flier to share

INTERGENERATIONAL PANEL ON AGEISM

On Saturday 12th November (4-7pm) GRAI will be hosting an intergenerational panel on Ageism in the LGBTI+ communities. Panelists will discuss whether ageism exists and if it is an issue.

PRIDE PARADE

GRAI will be having a float in the Pride Parade this year (2022) and if you would like to walk with GRAI, please RSVP to Kedy eo@grai.org.au by 28th October.

CONTACT GRAI!

Your views are important

If you have news or views to share that are relevant to making the world a better place for LGBTI elders, contact: info@grai.org.au. We look forward to hearing from you, or seeing you at one or several of our upcoming events!

GRAI’s new contact address:

PO Box 350
Mt Hawthorn
WA 6915

Staff Contacts

If you would like to contact Kedy Kristal (Executive Officer), please email her at eo@grai.org.au or call her Mobile: 0484 639 886

If you would like to contact Rowan Brooker (Befriender Coordinator/Newsletter Coordinator), please email him at villagehub@grai.org.au or call him on 0493 368 023 on Wednesdays or Thursdays (or text/leave a message).

Regulars

QUEER BOOK CLUB

QUEER BOOK CLUB

August Meeting
The August book for Queer BookClub is ‘A Marvellous Light’. By Australian author, Freya Marske’s, this debut fantasy novel set in Edwardian England is about manners, mystery and magical sex.

Everyone is welcome to join us to discuss A Marvellous Light on Wed 31st July at 6pm at Connect Vic Park – 5 Mackie St.

Queer BookClub is supported by Crow Books Vic Park and Dept of Communities.

BOOK REVIEWS – DETRANSITION, BABY

Bookclub Meeting

With an overall rating of 🦄🦄🦄 Detransition, Baby offered an insight into the taboo subject of detransitioning — not, as the book makes clear, because the character Ames had erred in his decision to exist openly as a woman, but because it was too difficult to do so.
 
Firstly, thanks to Tarmon for facilitating the discussion as it ranged from abortion, motherhood and family structures to submissive roles in relationships and passing both from ethnicity and gender perspectives.
 
It is clear that the author portrays a version of trans people as dysfunctional as anyone else.
 
Overall, it was felt that Detransition, Baby provided the reader with an insight into elements of trans life that most of us were unaware of.

Dallas Jay

I just finished Detransition, Baby, and because I can’t be at Queer Bookclub this Wednesday (I’m looking at you, WORK!) I just want to stick five unicorns on it in advance.

I admit to being completely ignorant about all issues transgender, so this novel was eye-opening for me. It was also beautifully written; it makes me cry to see the English language used in such a crafted, brilliant way. I can’t add anything more, but I do want to thank whoever suggested we should read it.

🌈 Queer BookClub Facebook Group 📚

Meet’n’Muse

Meet n Muse (MnM) discussion group for older LBT women, has two locales:
The Perth group has, by agreement with regular attendees, cancelled its meetings for the time being. The group will resume meeting at Citiplace when members feel comfortable to begin meeting in person again. Perth attendees are welcome to attend the Mandurah meetings, which are held outdoors.
The Mandurah group is meeting on the 1st and 3rd Sundays as usual (1.30pm), at an outdoor venue.
Musers usually discuss a given topic of interest for 1 hour, then mosey on to a nearby café. New members are always welcome, please contact Pam for further information and to confirm meeting dates/times and location: GRAIPamm@gmail.com or 0420 929 583.

Prime Timers

Prime Timers is a vibrant social club for mature gay and bisexual men, offering a full calendar of diverse activities to keep you well-connected and enjoying life. Meetings are held 2pm on the second Sunday of each month, at ‘The Homestead’ 5 Mackie St, Vic Park, with a guest speaker and afternoon tea. Other activities include dinner nights, coffee mornings, lunch club, book club and special outings.
Visit www.primetimerswa.com.au.

OUTdance

OUTdance is the place to go to get fit and have fun 🙂 They hold LGBTI community dance classes every Tuesday from 7:00pm at the Mt Hawthorn Community Hall, 197 Scarborough Beach Rd. Relaxed and non-competitive, OUTdance always welcomes new members. Contact Jan on 0401 700 562 or visit the website here.

Perth Outdoors Group

Perth Outdoors Group are mature age LGBTI folk who enjoy a wide range of social activities (not always outdoors!) Functions are held monthly on weekends and there’s also a monthly coffee club. For further info visit https://www.perthoutdoorsgroup.com/

Rainbow Toastmakers

Find your voice at Perth Rainbow Toastmasters! Develop confidence in public speaking, communication, leadership and presentation skills… in an LGBTI+ friendly environment… Rainbow Toastmasters meet 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, 2-4pm, Level 1, 931 Albany Highway. Contact Tim, perthrainbowtm@gmail.com or 0403 051 081. FB: Perth-Rainbow-Toastmasters.

QUEER BOOK CLUB SEPTEMBER MEETING

The September book for Queer BookClub is ‘A Previous Life’, by Edmund White, described in goodreads as, “A daring, category-confounding, and ruthlessly funny novel from National Book Award honored author Edmund White that explore polyamory and bisexuality, ageing and love”.

Everyone is welcome to join us to discuss ‘A Previous Life’ on Wed 28th September at 6pm at Connect Vic Park – 5 Mackie St.
Queer BookClub is supported by Crow Books Vic Park and Dept of Communities.

BOOK REVIEW – A MARVELLOUS LIGHT
by Dallas Jay

I would describe ‘A Marvellous Light’ (imma gonna spell Marvellous with two L’s being as it’s set in England and was written by an Australian … screw Americanisms!!) as a magical mystery romance novel, not a book I would otherwise have gravitated towards. Saying that, the author name-checks Diana Wynne Jones in her acknowledgements, a worthy mention which cancelled out the pointless and drawn out sex scene in the final chapter. Otherwise, this novel was a lot of fun, a cosy mystery set c1905 featuring two gay protagonists. It ultimately ends up an MM romance (NB: fiction with an intimate relationship between two (or more) men at its centre) with a HEA (NB: Happily Ever After). On the downside, I couldn’t gel with the writing style, although there were some brilliant sentences. This was just personal taste though.

Bisexual Awareness Week

Below is information regarding a telephone service Here For You provided by the Mental Health Commission.   

Here For You is a state-wide, free, confidential, telephone service for anyone concerned about their own or another person’s alcohol and other drug use and/or mental health issues.  Contact with Here For You is one-to-one with a qualified counsellor or a peer practitioner with lived experience of mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. Counsellors and peers use a trauma informed approach to help callers in a variety of ways. 

Here For You counsellors and peer practitioners can:
– Listen to what is going on for the caller or the person the caller cares about.
– Provide emotional support.
– Provide information about alcohol and other drugs, mental health and well-being.
– Explore coping and relapse prevention strategies.
– Discuss options and provide information about local services and other resources that can provide ongoing treatment and support.
– Provide support for service providers and clinical teams seeking system navigation and information to facilitate support for clients.
 
Phone1800here4u
(1800 437 348) 
Hours: 7am – 10pm, 7 days a week
Email: Hereforyou@mhc.wa.gov.au
 

Silver Rainbow Podcast

Ageing Fabulously presented by LGBTIQ+ Health Australia and hosted by Maeve Marsden is a new podcast developed specifically for the aged care workforce.

This podcast miniseries of 4 episodes (a new episode will release each Monday in August) will tackle common issues experienced by LGBTI older people, share personal stories and discuss practical tips on how you can better support older LGBTI people.

The recently released Silver Rainbow Podcast can be found here:
https://anchor.fm/silver-rainbow

Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia

A unique new research centre that not only enables knowledge and evidence, but then supports implementation of its findings, is being launched in Adelaide in an Australian first.
Aged care Research and Industry Innovation Australia (ARIIA) is Australia’s first dedicated centre with a core purpose of providing resources and assistance to the nation’s aged care workforce to deliver best practice care and support for older Australians today, and for generations of older Australians to come.

Conceived by Flinders University in conjunction with aged care consultancy firm Wells Advisory, ARIIA works directly with older people, their families and care providers to ensure research is translated directly and immediately into practice.

Flinders University Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Robert Saint says ARIIA is the result of a $34m Federal Government investment in transforming aged care service delivery.

A trans cyclist has been Stripped of her Silver Medal Midway through a National Competition

A trans cyclist won a silver medal in a national cycling championship last week only to be stripped of her medal and removed from competition. 

Leia Genis finished second in the women’s elite individual pursuit at the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships last week. She was set to continue competing in the mass start races at the championship when she was approached by a USA Cycling official and told that she was no longer allowed to participate and that her individual podium would be revoked, according to an Instagram post from Genis.  

This revocation of Genis’ medal comes despite the fact that she was eligible six weeks ago for two elite competitions under the global cycling governing board, Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Genis noted that those races were held at the same facility and overseen by the same technical director. “Yet 6 weeks later, now that I am doing well at nationals, I am suddenly ineligible to compete,” she wrote. 

them newsletter August 3rd. 2022
Read the original article here.

Polarising, Sensational Media Coverage of Transgender Athletes Should End – Our Research Shows a Way Forward

Given recent and often sensationalist media coverage of the issue, it’s easy to overlook the fact that transgender athletes have participated in elite sport for decades – at least as far back as tennis player Renée Richards competing in in the 1976 US Open.

Transgender athletes have also been able to compete in the Olympic Games since 2004.But in the past year, the visibility of transgender women athletes such as New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard and American swimmer Lia Thomas has triggered considerable media interest and public debate.

Most recently, international water sports federation FINA has released a new policy that will only allow transgender women athletes who’ve transitioned before the age of 12 to take part in elite international swimming competitions. Some have called the policy trans-exclusionary and an “unacceptable erosion of bodily autonomy”.

Clearly, the topic raises critical questions of sex, gender and sport categorisation, requiring complex argument and nuanced understanding of transgender issues. Media coverage, however, can frame those questions in starkly oppositional terms, suggesting there are only two sides to the debate (for or against inclusion) and that “fairness” and “inclusion” are irreconcilable.

Our research, published this week (and in a forthcoming book, Justice for Trans Athletes: Challenges and Struggles), suggests news media are not neutral in their reporting of these issues and they play a powerful role in shifting public perception and shaping policy regarding transgender people’s participation in sport.
 

Article in The Conversation, 8 August 2022
Read the full article here.

Monkeypox Isn’t a “New” Disease

Far from being a scary new sickness to worry about, monkeypox is a scary old sickness — which is a good thing. The virus causing monkeypox was first discovered in Danish research monkeys back in 1958, and was confirmed in human patients in 1970. That means there’s more than sixty years of established research to draw on when fighting this latest outbreak, which puts us in a much better position than where we found ourselves at the beginning of the last public health emergency. Plus, it’s closely related to smallpox, giving those who were vaccinated against it decades ago roughly 85% added protection now.

Article published in them, August 5 2022
Read the full article here.

Monkeypox Update

As of 25 August 2022:

  • There are 106 cases (confirmed and probable) of MPX in Australia, reflecting cases which have been diagnosed in Australia and reported to the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) by states and territories.
  • This includes 52 in Victoria, 43 in New South Wales, 4 in Western Australia, 3 in Queensland, 2 in the Australian Capital Territory, and 2 in South Australia.

Please note that data for this website update was extracted on 25 August 2022. Due to the dynamic nature of the NNDSS and active case investigations, reported data may vary from day to day based updates by states and territories. Cases diagnosed overseas are not reported to the NNDSS or included in Australian national case numbers.

Read the full health alert here.

OPPORTUNITIES OF INTEREST

GRAI Elders Advisory Group

We are seeking Expressions of Interest to join the Elder Advisory Group. The Elders Advisory group provides strategic advice to support the activities of the GRAI Village Hub.

Elder’s Advisory group members participate in regular face to face or Zoom meetings and share their expertise and recommendations with Village Hub staff and the GRAI Board over the life of the Village Hub project (2022-24).

Membership is voluntary but we can offer a lovely morning tea and taxi vouchers (if required) to assist people to attend the meetings.

Meetings are at the GRAI office in Manning, or by Zoom, bi-monthly for approximately two hours.

We encourage LGBTI people living in regional WA and older trans people to consider applying.

Please contact Kedy at eo@grai.org.au if you are interested.

Seeking 10 Older LGBTI People for a Paid Consultation

The Independent Living Association (ILA) have recently launched a new online healthy ageing platform called LiveUp and they are really keen to get some feedback LGBTIQ+ elders on the site and how they can improve the information and resources to ensure they are inclusive of the LGBTIQ+ community.
ILA are in the process of updating the site but you can visit the current version here.

ILA are working with consulting group Faster Horses to conduct some user testing of the site and would love to invite 10 older LGBTI people to provide feedback to help us improve our offerings to the over 65 community and help shape the future design of the site.

Participants will also be paid for their time ($120).

The consultation will take place on Thursday 29th September (1.30 – 3pm).

Venue Claisebrook Design Community, 25 Gladstone Street, Perth (click here to see it on Google Maps). It’s 450m or approx 7minutes walk from Claisebrook station. There are also a couple of bus stops nearby on Lord Street.

Please contact Kedy at eo@grai.org.au  or on 0484639886 if you are keen to take part.

First Australia-Wide Survey on the Experiences of LGBTQIA Forcibly Displaced People

Forcibly Displaced People Network (FDPN) is proud to launch the first Australia-wide survey to comprehensively capture the experiences of displacement and settlement of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people. 

The aim of this survey is to collect information about the experiences and barriers of LGBTIQA+ forcibly displaced people in Australia so we can advocate for more welcoming and inclusive support. 
 
LGBTIQA+ forcibly displaced person means:
– An asylum seeker,
– A refugee or,
– A migrant (both temporary and permanent) who is from a non-western country and who was not able to safely live there as an LGBTQIA+ person in their country of origin.

Click here to complete the survey

New Australian Cancer Plan

A new Australian Cancer Plan is being developed and Cancer Australia is keen to hear from the LGBTIQA+ community.

A survey is currently open for priority populations until the 12th September.

Click here to complete the survey

Cancer Australia will be sharing the draft Australian Cancer Plan for public consultation later this year. You can register to receive ongoing updates about the development of the Plan via their Australian Cancer Plan engagement hub:
Click here to receive updates

Suicide Prevention for Seniors Program

Advance Health Directive

The Department of Health has launched the updated Advance Health Directive, this is the result of over two years of consultation across a wider range of sectors and community groups.

The Advance Health Directive is supported by variety of forms and guides all of which are available online in 15 languages. 

The resources aim to empower people to make and document choices about their future health and personal care that reflect their values, beliefs and preferences.

– Your Guide to Advance Care Planning in WA: A workbook to help plan for your future care.

– Values and Preferences Form: Planning for my future care 
– Advance Health Directive Form
               Get a copy of the form here

  • Guide to Making an Advance Health Directive in WA

Get a copy of the guide here

Palliative Care are offering free community workshops in Advance Care Planning more details on their webpage. https://palliativecarewa.asn.au

Be Connected – Learn how to get online safely

This is FREE BASIC computer training and you don’t have to commit to attending very week.

Its includes 6 weeks of training, every Friday from 10am – 1pm
(with coffee and tea provided at break time)
August 26th – September 23rd
Citywest Lotteries House, 2 Delhi street
(Close to the City West train station or cheap parking is available in Watertown)

Trainer: Sean is a student at university studying Internet Technology (IT) and he works at EPITS.

There are 10 generic laptops available for use during the training.

All the Queens Men – Digital Dance Club

Returns online throughout 
August & September

Back by popular demand, our free, online social dance experience connecting rainbow and allied communities.

Hosted by our doyennes of the digital 
@tristanmeecham & @becreidishere.

These special editions of Digital Dance Club are for everyone – LGBTIQ+ elders, families, friends, allies across the rainbow. All welcome, all over the world.

Find out more on our website here.
Watch our Digital Dance Club video HERE.

When: 
Wednesday 10 August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm (AEST)
Wednesday 24 August, 5.30pm – 6.30pm (AEST)
Wednesday 7 September, 5.30pm – 6.30pm (AEST)
Wednesday 14 September, 5.30pm – 6.30pm (AEST)
 
Where: Online, on your screen device.
How: Download ZOOM on your screen device. Ensure it’s the latest version for optimal viewing experience.

Then follow these steps – 
1. Click this ZOOM link HERE
2. Click the “Allow” screen to join us all online.
3. Zoom may ask to use your computer audio. Click “YES”. 

If you need assistance with ZOOM email All The Queens Men HERE

Supported by a City of Melbourne Connected Communities Grant and by Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government Initiative, in partnership with Switchboard Victoria.

Out and Proud Expo

The 2nd Annual Out & Proud Expo is coming up on Saturday 1st October. This is an opportunity for the LGBTQIA+ community to check out some local owned businesses supportive of our community. It’s also a chance for local businesses to showcase their work and what they have to offer. 

If you would like to come along and see what’s on offer for the day, grab your tickets here: https://www.perthgaysocialclub.com.au/events/out-proud-expo-attendance
For businesses who would like to register a table, there are only 10 tables left! You can register here: https://www.perthgaysocialclub.com.au/events/out-proud-expo-business-registration

Volunteer at the Rainbow Museum

My aged care