Archive for Within Victoria

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

Moment of Silence and Vigil – Post Pride March 2017, Cantani Gardens 

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

Post Pride March festivities at Catani Gardens today will see the introduction of a moment of silence and vigil performance, a new Pride March tradition that pays homage to all queer peoples who have suffered violence because of their gender or sexuality. For 2017, this will be performed by Deborah Cheetham AO, celebrated Yorta Yorta soprano, actor, composer and playwright. 

The Anti-Violence Project congratulates Midsumma on their initiative and asks all at Pride March to report homophobic and trans/bi-phobic harassment and prejudice motivated violence each and every time it occurs. Call police 000 and when safe contact the AVP http://antiviolence.info/report-violence 

Seeking support

// January 23rd, 2017 // No Comments » // Within Australia, Within Victoria

If you or anyone you know needs help:

Qlife 3pm-midnight 1800 184 527

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36

Headspace on 1800 650 89

If you’re in danger, call police 000.

Find the location, name & contact number of your local GLLO (Police LGBTI liaison officer via our VicAVP site http://antiviolence.info/violence-map/

When safe, make a violence report to the AVP http://antiviolence.info/report-violence/