Newsletter 23: Beer Can Regatta…well done to the crew!

Well they didn’t take home the trophy this year, they got rammed by a metal and pointy ship and were tipped over like a slow motion action movie. The tide was out and this was against them also.

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!

Newsletter 23: Suicide prevention in the NT funding available

The NT has the highest suicide rate in Australia. Want would you do if you had the $$ to make a difference in the NT lgbtqi community? The government is providing funding to individuals and communities to take action for suicide prevention.

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.

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.