Archive for Within Victoria

Seeking a new treasurer/finance director to join our team!

// November 29th, 2017 // No Comments » // Within Victoria

After a successful 13 year stint as the AVP’s treasurer, Jayne Monroe has packed away her calculator and spreadsheet and called it a day. We thank our wonderful friend for her dedication to keeping our finances in check over such a significant period of time – well over half of the time the AVP has been in existence.

We can’t replace Jayne, she is unique and will always be a valued friend. However, we are now looking for a new treasurer/finance director and want to bring a new person or people onto our team with the immediate priority being this position.

Remuneration for the treasurer/finance director role is exactly the same as for all our positions – it is a voluntary role. We offer lots of hugs, acknowledgment, friendship and a shared celebration of making a positive difference for the LGBTi community in Victoria.

Please email your expression of interest to vicavp@antiviolence.info with “treasurer” in the header and we can meet up to talk through your interest and the role.

Celebrate Bi Day 2017 – 23rd September

// September 18th, 2017 // No Comments » // Within Australia, Within Victoria

Equality Roadshow

September is bi-visibility month and the 23rd of September, the annual Bi-Pride Day.

Check out the two events being held jointly by YGender and the Bisexual Alliance Victoria in Carlton.

Andrews Govt delivers new $$ support for LGBTi community during postal plebiscite

// August 20th, 2017 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Relationships, Within Victoria

Equality Roadshow

The Victorian Government, through Equality Minister Martin Foley, has announced it will provide $1 million to support the LGBTI community through the federal government’s postal survey on marriage equality.

This includes today’s announcement of a $500,000 funding package to help mental health services and LGBTI organisations keep up with heightened demands as a result of the vote.

Read Star Observer’s report here: http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/national-news/victoria-news/victoria-pledges-support-postal-vote/161065

Real fears of hateful rhetoric in marriage survey

// August 15th, 2017 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Relationships, Within Australia, Within Victoria

The federal government’s proposed marriage equality postal survey heads to the High Court of Australia and behind the scenes planning continues and debate in the community has commenced. we hold real concerns that some of the debate threatens to expose vulnerable same-sex attracted and gender diverse people to prejudice and hatred.

In the La Trobe Valley, AVP Traralgon representative, Rob Mauger, fears the upcoming same-sex marriage postal ballot could expose the LGBTI community to hateful behaviour.

“I’m 63, and I’ve heard everything everyone has said.. that my love is so dangerous it will destroy the fabric of Australian society,” Mr Mauger told the La Trobe Valley Express.

“How does anyone think being told that feels?” Amid hearing ongoing discrimination that “makes you want to shrink as though you have no place”, Mr Mauger found satisfaction in the recent Pride Cup and wanted to thank the AFL community in the Latrobe Valley

Read the full discussion here: http://www.latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/story/4853181/fears-marriage-ballot-could-divide/

Elite football should embrace sexual equality with the same enthusiasm it supports indigenous talent – Kevin Sheedy

// May 18th, 2017 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Sport, Within Australia, Within Victoria

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Marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on 17th May 2017, AFL coaching legend Kevin Sheedy said he wanted the football world to embrace sexual equality with the same enthusiasm with which it has supported indigenous talent at the elite level of the game.

Sheedy joined a panel alongside Matt Hall, football’s first openly gay footballer ( @matthall1972 ), who in 1998 was refused registration in the Victorian Amateur Football Association because of his HIV-positive status, a ruling he fought and beat in the courts, together with former Olympian and politician Nova Peris and Collingwood AFLW player Penny Cula-Reid.

Sheedy also praised the AFL for its progressive stance on social issues, but spoke about the conservatism of society at large inhibiting a change in attitudes.

Read The Age journalist Rohan Connolly’s article in full here http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/kevin-sheedy-calls-on-football-to-embrace-sexual-equality-20170518-gw7hyh.html

Melbourne Chechnya Vigil – Federation Square 16 May 2017 – 6pm-7pm

// May 11th, 2017 // No Comments » // Around the globe, Within Victoria

Grace

A community candlelight vigil is being held on the evening of Tuesday 16 May 2017, 6pm to 7pm at Federation Square, Melbourne CBD.

The AVP encourages Melbourne’s LGBTI community and allies to attend to demonstrate solidarity and support for the gay and bi men who have been abducted, tortured and killed in Chechnya and their friends and loved ones who’s lives are currently in grave danger.

The vigil is being held the night before the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBiT) on Wednesday 17 May.

Check out the event via its organisers Facebook link here: http://www.facebook.com/events/747603342089387

Bring an electronic candle & wear something pink!

VicPOL GLLO show returns as a podcast to JOY 94.9

// May 7th, 2017 // No Comments » // Media discussion, Within Victoria

Grace

The GLLOs are back on-air! It’s been around five years since the Victoria Police GLLOs previously hosted THE GLLO SHOW with the Anti-Violence Project and Crimestoppers on JOY 94.9. Now the GLLOs are back as an exclusive JOY podcast!

This week Sergeant Scott Davis and Leading Senior Constable Gabby Tyacke are back, joined by Victoria Police Community (LGBTI) Portfolio Manager Dahni Houseman. Check them out here: http://www.joy.org.au/theglloshow or via the iTunes podcast directory or your favourite podcast app.

Return each week for the next podcast!

SURVEY – Perceptions of police, crime reporting and feelings of safety

// May 6th, 2017 // No Comments » // Research, Within Australia, Within Victoria

The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL) asked festival goers at the 2017 Midsumma and Chill-Out festivals to complete a community survey with part of the survey focusing on perceptions and experiences of Victoria Police. They’ve now put this survey online and would love to get a good response from the community.

VGLRL are interested in hearing from you about your perceptions of the police, reporting of crimes and how safe you feel.
We at the AVP urge you to help the VGLRL better serve our community by completing their short survey so we all can understand what issues are important to you.

As one of the key rights-focused lobby groups in Victoria, alongside TGV, the VGLRL will use this information to proactively champion LGBTI rights, concerns and influence the way the police work with our community.

The 5 minutes you spend visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VGLRL2017 will be some of the most important minutes you ever contribute to community!

Minus 18 new IDAHOT initiative – get involved!

// April 19th, 2017 // No Comments » // Within Victoria

IDAHOT
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) is less than a month away and Minus 18 have created an IDAHOBIT Team and developed a handy guide on how to celebrate in your school or workplace. Check it out: http://www.idahobit.org.au