From Ro Allen, Gender & Sexuality Commissioner:
On August 9th, the Victorian Government is inviting LGBTI communities to attend a Gender Equality Strategy Consultation. These consultations are vital and will inform the direction of Victoria’s first gender equality strategy. Your valuable insights and experiences will ensure that the strategy is reflective of the needs of lesbian, bisexual, trans and gender diverse women and girls.
9 August 2016, 3-5pm. Level 27, 121 Exhibition St, Melbourne.
In the past week there has been quite a bit of controversy over an article by Cate McGregor in which she speaks out against the Safe Schools program.
Article here: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/rendezview/i-am-transgender-and-i-oppose-safe-schools/news-story/7e194d1cc3037b6966b9fdab59871bf9
We at Seahorse Victoria believe that it is misguided to base an argument against the Safe Schools program on the political views of one of its founders, and not on any empirical evidence taken from its actual implementation.
We are also extremely disappointed to see the attacks and vitriol directed at Cate McGregor as a result of her article. It is unrealistic to expect a community that prides itself on diversity to hold a monochromatic view of the world. Our time and energy would be better spent promoting the benefits of Safe Schools, and working towards any improvements that can be made to it.
Margot Fink has written an excellent response to Cate’s article here: http://www.dailylife.com.au/news-and-views/dl-opinion/why-acceptability-politics-is-the-wrong-approach-for-transgender-advocates-20160523-gp1ztb.html
For our part, Seahorse Victoria is a social support group, rather than a political one, and we understand that there is no “correct” way to be transgender. We will support any measures and initiatives towards genuine equality where we are fully respected for who we are, and for what we contribute to society.
It’s Midsumma Festival time again! Come and see us at our Midsumma Carnival stall, Trans Central Station, on Sunday 17 January 🙂
DT’s Hotel is having a Halloween party and they are running a raffle to raise funds for Seahorse!
Saturday 31st October from 8:30 pm
DT’s, 164 Church St. Richmond
Our August Members Meeting is coming up this Saturday the 8th – we’re not quite finished with winter yet but why not start your spring cleaning a bit early?
We’re holding an op-shop fundraiser night. Bring along those clothes hanging in the back of your cupboard that you never quite get around to wearing. Bring the shoes that you love but can’t manage to comfortably squeeze into. And bring along some loose change because you might just take a fancy to something that somebody else has brought along!
Minimum gold coin purchase for any item, but of course if you feel something is worth more feel free to pay what you think is fair!
All proceeds will be put back into the club funds. Any leftover items will be kept for the next op-shop night or donated to an LGBTQI supportive charity.
Hope to see you there 🙂
The ABC News published a great article today featuring two of our members. Well done to Taylor and Greer!
Bent TV is now doing an ad hoc segment called “Seahorse” – the first one went to air last Friday night 3rd July, featuring Debra Green and Greer (http://youtu.be/9obn08W2CZU); another 2 segments have been recorded but no advice yet as to when they will be broadcast.
Bent TV is now shown on Friday nights 10pm on C31 (digital 44).
A limited number of last-minute tickets are now available for this important milestone celebration – the venue needs our final numbers soon so don’t miss out!
SHV 40th Anniversary Page
Buy Tickets Here
The Victorian Government is now inviting expressions of interest from Victorian lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians for membership of its new LGBTI Taskforce, Health and Human Services Working Group and Justice Working Group.
In addition to LGBTI community members, the Government is inviting expressions of interest from experts in the justice and health and human services fields for membership of the two Working Groups.
This is an exciting opportunity to provide advice to the Government on issues affecting LGBTI Victorians.
See more here: http://www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/news-publications/lgbti-taskforce