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NSW LGBTI domestic & family violence funding focuses attention on VIC govt response to its Royal Commission findings, due later 2015

// September 24th, 2015 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Relationship violence, Relationships, Within Australia, Within Victoria

Victoria’s Anti-Violence Project heralded NSW’s announcement of funding for LGBTI domestic and family violence as a defining moment for Australian state and federal governments which brings measures to address LGBTI family and relationship violence equally to the table alongside funding and programs to support the elimination of domestic and family violence in the broader Australian community.

“Victoria has no single lead LGBTI organisation working in the health or family violence space, unlike ACON’s principal role as the dominant funded non-profit in NSW”, said AVP executive director Greg Adkins. “However Victoria does have organisations, working for LGBTI community to support people and address family violence, who are either poorly resourced, or in the case of LGBTI community-led organisations, not resourced at all”, he said.

“This NSW funding decision now focuses attention towards recommendations on the Victoria Royal Commission into Family Violence (RCFV) which are expected later in 2015 and the policy response by the Andrews Labor government. These RCFV recommendations will frame society’s urgent family violence problem with clear evidence of whats working and whats not, where the gaps are and will point to a much needed targeted response by the Victoria state government to lift LGBTI organisations out of their unfunded or poorly funded existences to better and more efficiently support individuals from LGBTI community experiencing this type of violence in their lives.”

In announcing the NSW funding, Minister for Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward in the NSW Baird government said the funds will support ACON campaigns, programs and services that will help identify and prevent DFV among LGBTI people.

AVP executive director Greg Adkins said “We look forward, to a similar outcome in Victoria to the NSW funding so that LGBTI focused campaigns, programs and services in Victoria are enabled to respond to LGBTI family violence in a way where 100% of people experiencing it have the avenues to address its impact on their lives and perpetrators of LGBTI family and relationship violence can be identified and supported to deal with their behavior before lives are lost and people are damaged.”

Read the NSW funding announcement reported here in Gay News Network, Wednesday September 9, 2015

Time to step up and talk about violence! Old laws expunged & old convictions can be removed.

// September 21st, 2015 // No Comments » // AVP news, International, Media discussion, Within Victoria

Expungement of old offences is GO!

Great to see this process underway.

It can also be used in relation to criminal records for trans and gender diverse people convicted of cross-dressing related “crimes” under those old laws.

Check out this link:
Department of Justice Criminal Law Expungement Scheme

After facing the law for an offence for which you can no longer be charged or convicted, you may have experienced prejudice motivated or other violence and not felt able to talk with police about. Nows the time to throw off the shadow of this expired law conviction and step up and talk about your experiences.

Visit the AVP’s Violence Reporting Service, or email and make contact and we’re more than happy to assist you!

Rowena Allen Is Victoria’s First Gender And Sexuality Commissioner | Premier of Victoria

// July 15th, 2015 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Within Australia, Within Victoria

The Anti-Violence Project of Victoria applauds the appointment of Rowena Allen as Victoria’s and Australia’s first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner.

“Ms Allen’s appointment is an outstanding one. The VicAVP looks forward to a new statewide momentum in addressing the discrimination, homophobia and violence that impacts the health and lives of LGBTI individuals every day in schools, workplaces, health settings and the broader community”, said VicAVP executive director Greg Adkins.

“We congratulate Ms Allen on her appointment and applaud Equality Minister Martin Foley and Premier Daniel Andrews for their commitment to making a lasting difference in the health across the whole lifespan of LGBTI Victorians”.

Read the Premier’s announcement here:

Visibility – In Light of Caitlyn Jenner, Here is the Trans-Focused Entertainment You Should be Watching

// June 5th, 2015 // No Comments » // Around the globe, Media discussion

An enlightened discussion by Tribeca Film Festival of transgender visibility, progress made but the work yet to do and why you should consider I AM CAIT and 12 other trans-focused movies and TV shows to watch now.

After this Miami experience, does ageism permeate the LGBTi community in Victoria or within Australia?

// April 24th, 2015 // No Comments » // Around the globe, International, Media discussion, Within Australia, Within Victoria

The recent experience of gay men over 40 years of age in Florida, USA flagged a question for us about whether there are similar experiences for mature people within Victoria’s and Australia’s LGBTi communities.

Have you experienced ageism personally or have seem it directed towards a partner or friend? How did you deal with it? Any successful outcomes or continuing disappointments you’d like to share?

And what do you feel about the Miami experience detailed in the writing of Nigel Campbell (Instinct, 23 April 2015)?

Apple Fixes ‘Homophobic Siri’: Russian Version Was Anti-LGBT

// April 16th, 2015 // No Comments » // Around the globe, International, Media discussion

Alex, a Russian speaker living in London, was excited to discover that a Russian Siri existed. He was excited, that is, until the robotic voice began responding with all-too-human shades of homophobia. After Alex posted a YouTube video on Saturday demonstrating Siri’s sometimes passive-aggressive, sometimes hostile answers, Apple appeared to have fixed it by Tuesday, reports Russian BBC

Read Barbara Herman’s article here:

It’s time for a solidarity visit to hold hands alongside our LGBTI brothers and sisters in Korea!

// April 4th, 2015 // No Comments » // Around the globe, International, Media discussion

Seattle resident Adam McRoberts recently introduced us to the impact of invisibility colliding with homophobia for some in South Korea, in the Seattle Gay Scene blog. We were left with a strong desire to plan a side trip via Korea to hold hands alongside our brothers and sisters raising visibility along the way to eliciting change.

TRIGGER WARNING – images of physical violence, discussion of emotional violence and impact of homophobia

“Born and raised in Seoul, Heezy (Yang)’s own coming out and decision to live openly gay was a years long process, carefully orchestrated in an effort to maintain his family ties while being a beacon of hope for others still closeted.”

Artists and activists like Heezy Yang are forcing the general public in Korea to take notice of the LGBT population and Adam was fortunate to spend time exploring how life for some is being lived . As places like “Homo Hill” emerge and flourish, they stand to serve real proof that art can instigate societal change toward acceptance of LGBT people.  They are in the final planning stages for 2015 Seoul Pride and expect the largest attendance yet.  Heezy will open this year’s festivities with a live performance and the community will come together to celebrate another year of being out.’&nbsp

But the journey is frought with harsh, sometimes violent times as change is fought for and slowly won. Check out Adam McRoberts’ full article here:

Happy 18th Birthday to us!

// January 20th, 2015 // No Comments » // AVP news, Media discussion, Within Australia, Within Victoria

We want to invite you to a birthday. Its ours!

Instead of bringing presents, we want your words.

Eighteen years ago today, the Anti-Violence Project had its foundation public meeting at the Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men’s Health Centre in South Yarra and we incorporated as an independent community-led peak organisation. Since then, we’ve had many hours of many people’s lives dedicated towards educating and changing our society and making it a safer place for same-sex attracted and gender diverse people and the diverse LGBTi communities. We’ve supported victims and survivors of violence, challenged homophobia whenever and where ever it reared its ugly head, negotiated with governments, developed policies with opposition parties.  We’ve taken your reports of prejudice motivated crime and homophobic violence, spent many hours around tables and walking pathways in parks with police and even walked people through police station doors to help with the first handshake leading to a violence report.

But despite all that, without you, our work now and into the future wouldn’t happen.

To mark our 18th birthday, we want you to share your stories with us.

What was important for you in dealing with violence during the last 18 years? How have your lives been impacted? What has changed? What have been the successes and what is important for you now as you look ahead?

We’re going to publish your views here and in the AVP’s social media sites.

Come join us for our 18th birthday!

(Greg, Lauren and Jayne, directors, Anti-Violence Project of Victoria Inc.)

Discussion: Why preferring to date one race over another makes you racist.

// December 11th, 2014 // No Comments » // Media discussion

Single gay guys who prefer one race to another aren’t “picky.” They’re racist. Here’s why, according to Jerry Plaza (RealJock, December 8, 2014).

Plaza writes that there’s a difference between a type and a generalization. “Everyone has a type. Our types are the first ones we look at in the room. Some guys prefer blondes while others prefer redheads; some guys like to look at a man’s fashion sense, i.e. hippies, skaters, or professionals; and some guys prefer taller boys over shorter ones. These are all types. A generalization is different. It’s sweeping judgment on an entire group of people based on a fantasy or stereotype.

What we need is to expose ourselves to the damage of racial preferences in the gay community. Too many people fear discussion because it’s uncomfortable.”

Read more of Jerry Plaza’s thoughtful discussion here:

Why Can’t Reality TV Stop Casting Racists and Homophobes?

// June 25th, 2014 // No Comments » // Around the globe, Media discussion

And meanwhile in the USA, print media raise a mature argument discussing the last Big Brother. We ask, was this deliberately designed to boost ratings by appealing to others in their society holding deeply rooted racist and homophobic views?