Apology for historical convictions for homosexual acts

At 10am on Tuesday 8 May 2018 the Northern Territory Chief Minister will deliver an apology in parliament to people who were convicted or impacted by historical laws in the NT that criminalised homosexual sex. Parliament is always open to the public, and the LGBTQI community is invited to attend the delivering of the apology.

This apology is to people alive and no longer alive who lived under this law and who were made criminals by this law. The NT is the last place in Australia to deliver an apology for these kind of laws, and to introduce an expungement scheme.

Members of the LGBTQI community are invited and encouraged to attend the apology in parliament. It will be followed by a morning tea in parliament from 10:45am.

There is a facebook event to assist in getting the word out.

For more details please contact the Chief Minister’s office. For details on the expungement scheme please see media release from the Attorney-General Natasha Fyles.

In the rest of this newsletter/scroll for more: book club, young person’s group, gay erotica reading at Fringe, LGBTI health clinics, beer can regatta construction crew, Qlife update, Rainbow Territory, Darwin Pride Festival 2018, lesbians of Alice, choir, Katherine Pride, IDAHOBIT, Black Divaz doco, and Seabreeze.

Rainbow Territory at Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival 12 May 2018

Rainbow Territory will have a stall at the Seabreeze Festival. We will be selling stickers and maybe some cake and t-shirts, and providing pro-LGBTQI propaganda at no cost :)

Please drop by if you want to hear about what we are working on this year. We are also offering other community groups a space to recruit people to LGBTQI groups or groups in the making…so if you want to promote something please get in touch. Already we are promoting Qlife, Darwin Pride Festival and an LGBTQI community library, so please jump on board :)

If you are able to help out we are looking for volunteers for the following shifts: 11:30-1pm set up (need to be able to lift stuff), 12:00-2pm, 2:00-4pm, 4:00-6pm, 5:30-7pm close (need to be able to lift stuff)

Fill out your volunteer availability here or contact: Rainbow Territory.

Deckchair screening of Black Divaz

Black Divaz will be screened at Deckchair cinema, and a very spectacular night is being planned with performances and special guests. You can get one of the limited tickets from the Deckchair cinema website. Not to be missed

More information is on facebook

Coverage from the ABC about some of the stars of Black Divaz

IDAHOBIT @ Charles Darwin Uni 17 May

Come down to CDU to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia #IDAHOBIT. The theme for this year’s event is “Alliances for Solidarity”.

📅 : Thursday, 17 May 2018, from 12pm to 2pm
📍: Mal Nairn Auditorium, CDU Casuarina Campus
🥂: A light lunch and refreshments will be provided

🗣 Guest speakers:
– Sally Sievers: Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, NT
– Meredith Parry: Deputy Vice-Chancellor at CDU
– Dr Danielle Stewart: Northside Health NT
– Louisa Manning-Watson: CDU VET Lecturer and Workplace Assessor

True Colours Chorus Darwin

Remember this bloody awful photo? Well, it didn’t manage to put people off, because about 20 or more Darwinites have been gathering each Thursday to rehearse as part of True Colours Chorus Darwin, Darwin’s own LGBTQIA+ choir.

You can still get involved. Check out the facebook page, or email or go along to the next rehearsal. See events listing below.

Darwin Pride Festival 2018

Well last year was massive, and the Darwin Pride Festival team has already started meeting for this year. BUT, it can’t happen without volunteers. If you are able to lend a hand in helping to make Darwin Pride Festival 2018 a reality, then get in touch via the Darwin Pride Facebook page or join their next meeting.

Rainbow Territory update

Rainbow Territory is meeting fortnightly and is working on the following
– review of the Anti-Discrimination Act
– long term funding for Safe Schools
– mental health & suicide prevention advocacy
– change the births, deaths and marriages act NT so that people don’t have to get gender reassignment surgery to change their ID to their gender identity
– supporting community connection through the outnt website and other projects

What have we done recently?
– submission to the review of the NT Anti-Discrimination Act
– submission and presentation to the Federal review of Religious Freedoms
– worked on our internal processes
– had a social dinner together so we could take a break from meetings!

You can get involved too. Email: lgbtqi2014nt@gmail.com

Not interested in any of the above? If you have an idea and want people to work on it with you, Rainbow Territory can help share information or a call to action through the OUTNT Facebook page or this newsletter, just get in touch and tell us what you need.

And finally, if you want to provide feedback about Rainbow Territory’s work (good and bad) you can do so via the outnt website www.outnt.info/rainbowterritory We work on things that we think are important to the community, so tell us how we are going.

Can you help update the QLife database for the NT?

Two community members are running a project to improve and update the listings on the QLife database for the NT.

QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTI people. QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and wellbeing.Why does it need to be updated? Counsellors who are online get requests for help from the NT, but the list of organisations who can help on the ground is not up to date. This means people in the NT can’t get on the ground help.

What can you do? If you know about or work for an organisation that you think should be on the QLife database please email the details to outnt@outnt.info

Please include the following:

  • Service name
  • Service category
  • Description of service
  • Languages spoken/offered at the service
  • Location, phone and website details
  • Age group serviced
  • Other important information

Beer Can Regatta…it’s back!

Can you help the lovely lesbians of Darwin build the best beer regatta winning rig in 2018? They are also the reigning champions of the Tug of War also (two years in a row). It is great fun, with lots of community spirit.

The crew is recrew-ting now for boat builders, so please email outnt@outnt.info if you are keen

LGBTI clinics at Northside Health

Northside Health NT runs monthly LGBTI Specialist Clinics.

Visiting GPs specialising in LGBTI health run a 2 day clinic on a monthly basis to provide welcoming, high-quality health care to members of the LGBTI community.​

Services include:
– Transgender & gender diverse health
– Sexual health
– Mental health
– HIV care, S100, PrEP
– General health care
– Fertility & conception advice
– Non-judgemental expert GP care

Call 7999 7448 or email admin@northsidemedical to find out when the next one is running and to book an appointment.

Northside Health NT. Integrative & Specialist General Practice
4/1 Caryota Court Coconut Grove NT 0810