Rainbow Territory essential processes document:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: STATEMENT BY RAINBOW TERRITORY
10 October 2018
Rainbow Territory calls on Chief Minister Michael Gunner and NT Federal representatives to speak out strongly against possible increases in discrimination under the law against Territorians who are LGBTQI, or sexuality and gender questioning children and young people.
Rainbow Territory is deeply disturbed that a panel sanctioned by the federal government could recommend discriminating against children based on their sexuality or gender identity.
All schools in the NT must be places for children to learn in a safe environment, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity, or faith. This recommendation is totally out of touch with NT values.
Rainbow Territory strongly opposes the implementation of this recommendation:
any discrimination within any school based on a child’s sexuality or gender identity is a form of segregation under the guise of religious freedoms
there will be damage to the wellbeing and mental health of young people who attend religious educational institutions and who would be impacted by this recommendation
we are concerned that a law of this type could be extended, through federal legislation, to other groups that do not align to religious beliefs, such as children from unmarried, divorced, or single parent households
all of the religious educational institutions in the NT receive Federal and Territory government funding to operate (56% to 98% of their annual funding)
some young people in remote NT communities do not have another education option other than a religious educational institution. This will exclude young people who should be in school from gaining an education
the lack of support for young people in schools who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity will only be amplified if this recommendation becomes law
we already see discrimination in the NT for staff who work in religious institutions who can be hired or fired based on their sexuality whether they are a cleaner, gardener, science teacher or principal. We want to see this removed from the laws of the NT, not enshrined by federal law.
Rainbow Territory calls on Chief Minister Michael Gunner and NT Federal representatives to speak out strongly against possible increases in discrimination under the law against Territorians who are LGBTQI and sexuality and gender questioning children and young people.
Formed in September 2014, Rainbow Territory is an unfunded Northern Territory community group that advocate for the human rights of Northern Territorians who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (‘LGBTQI’). Rainbow Territory aims to develop a safer, fairer and a more inclusive Northern Territory.
This is a quick one, and its about health and diversity within the LGBTQI community.
There is a health needs assessment happening right now for the LGBTQI community. Basically the government is trying to figure out what health things our community uses currently or needs but doesn’t have access to. Have your say: link
Also this week, Ethnic LGBT+ is coming to Darwin. What is it? It is a project that “hopes to help other LGBT people of ethnic heritage navigate the cultural challenges they may face by being a member of the LGBT community”. Meet up details are below.
Did you know there is an LGBTQI group that has kicked off in Katherine? True story.
And finally, yes that is Cyndi Lauper up on top. No, she is not coming to Darwin, but the True Colours Chorus is performing as part of Darwin Pride, so it is almost like Queen/King Cyndi is here. More about Pride in next newsletter (early next week!).
Please provide your view, so when you need some support for your health you can get what you need.
Northern Territory PHN is conducting a needs assessment to better understand the health needs of LGBTQI people in the Northern Territory.
The awards are happening again next year, so if you have been inspired then get cracking.
Dear Darwin LGBTIQ community, allies, supporters
My name is Mikhara and I would love to meet with you all. I would love to hear from members from all walks of life from the LGBTIQ community in Darwin.
The purpose of the meeting is to capture the stories, experiences and resources available to LGBTIQ people living in Darwin and surrounds. I run a national platform for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBTIQ to share their stories and access support around the specific challenges they face. I believe stories save lives and know the power first hand of being able to see yourself in someone’s stories. I’d love to hear your stories.
When and where?
Mikhara will be at Roma Bar, Cavenagh St, this Thursday 13 September from 12-1:30pm, or you can meet up with Mikhara directly if this time or place does not suit, including if you are not in Darwin.
Headspace Darwin is continuing its young person’s group in 2018. A safe and confidential place to be yourself, connect with like-minded young people and find out information about health, services and support. For people aged between 12 and 25. Get in touch with Headspace Darwin for more information.
An LGBTQI group has kicked off in Katherine NT. Get in touch via facebook. This group is keen to keep things happening in Katherine, so join forces :)
BUT, the crew did win the tug-of-war for the 3rd (or is it 4th?) year in a row. Against none other than a bunch of emergency service people with gloves and shoes. A mighty effort that has made our community proud.
For all of the photo highlights head to the international media coverage from Gaystar news!
Do you have an idea for a project, activity or action for suicide prevention that can:
– build inclusive communities and strengthen community resilience
– address stigma and discrimination
– raise awareness of effective suicide prevention practices.
The NT government has released grants (closes 2 Oct) for individuals and groups for suicide prevention.