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Vote yes and talk about your vote in the Same-sex Marriage survey.

Vote yes and talk about your vote in the Same-sex Marriage survey.

Today the High Court of Australia ruled to proceed with the postal survey on Same-Sex Marriage.  Most Australians by now have heard of the postal survey which is open to all Australians on the electoral roll and will take place from September 12 until the results will be delivered on November 15.

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Christmas and festivities 2016

Below is a blog I wrote about people who don’t get to spend Christmas with their family of origin because their family is not comfortable with their sexuality or gender.  For many not much has changed since I wrote this post in 2014.  I hope for some families there may have been some reconciliation.  For…Continue Reading

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Post Orlando – 10 acts to do NOW make a difference.

Post Orlando – 10 acts to do NOW make a difference.

 

The Orlando Pulse Nightclub Massacre has rocked much of the world.  It killed and injured in excess of 100 members of the LGBTIQ community and their loved ones.  Many of us feel helpless to make a real difference especially those of us who are not locally or financially able to support.  In the wake of…Continue Reading

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Mass shooting at Pulse – Orlando

Mass shooting at Pulse – Orlando

Today I wake to the news that the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11 and the worst mass shooting in American history have occurred overnight in a gay nightclub.  A sole terrorist walked in to the Pulse nightclub and shot in excess of 100 people killing at least 50.  Terrorism is part…Continue Reading

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IDAHOT 2016 – Is there hope?

IDAHOT 2016 – Is there hope?

I try to always write a blog for IDAHOT day and today is no different.  IDAHOT day has a special place in my heart because it actually brings to me some wonderful memories.  4 years ago armed with our “No Homophobia at Work” stickers three of us banded together and shared our message.  Through many…Continue Reading

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How to educate and support youth on LGBTIQ topics without alienating parents?

How to educate and support youth on LGBTIQ topics without alienating parents?

 

 

It continues to become more difficult to provide sensitive and age appropriate education and support to LGBTIQ youth and their peers within the school environment.  The reason for this is the mere suggestion of this education alienates a significant number of parents and interested community members. It causes an unnecessary hysteria.  A post I read…Continue Reading

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LGBTIQ children safety – Safe School Coalition

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The Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has launched an investigation into the Safe School Coalition program.  The Safe School Coalition is aimed at providing a safe and inclusive school environment free from homophobic and transphobic bullying.

I have watched as the increasing coverage in the…Continue Reading

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Where ITAV and my Parenting Meet – Guest Blogger Tania

Tania

 

I’d like to introduce my first ever guest blogger. (Cheers and applause as the crowd goes wild!!) Tania generously offered her time and thoughts on It Takes a Village and what it means to her.

When I first spoke to Tania about ITAV it was…Continue Reading

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Waiting and reflecting

Tonight many of us across Australia are waiting in anticipation while our Coalition government debates whether or not they will allow a free vote in the party room regarding Marriage Equality.  At this stage they have been debating the topic for the past 5 hours and we can but speculate what conversations are occurring.

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Actions or words? Both matter right now! Part 1 – conversation.

start-conversationA few weeks ago Monique and I agreed to be interviewed by a journalist about homophobia.   Recent research indicates homophobia is experienced in outer metropolitan areas similarly to that experienced in regional and remote communities.  Sadly the research didn’t surprise me and as the article…Continue Reading

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