Call for board members of the National LGBTI Health Alliance

Are you interested in improving the lives of LGBTI Australians? 

  • Would you like to be involved in the improvement of health and wellbeing across the lifespan of LGBTI Australians?
  • Do you have a mix of skills and experience that may benefit Australia’s National LGBTI Health organisation by contributing to their governance processes?

The National LGBTI Health Alliance is conducting a formal Board recruitment process and seeking energetic, enthusiastic and committed applicants.

All the info is here:


Rainbow Territory update

Rainbow Territory kicked off the year with, a meeting! Yes meetings are big part of our work, here is some of the output:

Developed priorities for this year: law and policy reform focusing on changes to the Anti-discrimination Act to remove all discrimination against LGBTQI peoples in the NT, changing the Adoption Act to remove existing discriminations against same sex couples, improved suicide prevention policies, implementing Safe Schools, and others.

Activity so far
– provided submission regarding 18c changes
– provided submission regarding NDIS
– looked into Rainbow Tick accreditation
– wrote to Michael Gunner re Safe Schools
– met with Natasha Fyles, Attorney General
– attended forums and meetings on mental health & suicide prevention
– developed and launched mental health & suicide prevention survey
– worked on our internal processes

Coming up
– regular meetings, new attendees welcome (check events calendar on
– community visibility & fundraising, stall at the Nightcliff Sea Breeze festival
– provide Rainbow Territory with slogans for NT specific equality and law reform badges “Queer and Here!” “CU haven’t got your rights NT” and then buy them from us

To contact Rainbow Territory please email:

You can also provide feedback to Rainbow Territory via the OUT NT website without identifying yourself

Queer & feminist book club Darwin

A queer and feminist book club has kicked off in Darwin. Next book is Desert of the Heart (which the awesome film Desert Hearts is based on). The book club will meet 6pm Sunday 21 May, Ski Club, Darwin. Guaranteed fun, chats, feminism, queer, and some discussion of the book. Get in touch to confirm attendance:

Two surveys for older LGBTI people

The National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy Review Survey, and LGBTI Older person care & housing survey

This first survey is by the Department of Health (Commonwealth) seeking feedback on the National LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care Strategy

This second survey was passed on by the National LGBTI Health Alliance. It is an opportunity to have a say on your thoughts about supporting the community’s  LGBTI Older Person with care and housing.

You do no have to be LGBTI or needing aged care to take the survey.

Rainbow Territory at Seabreeze festival 6 May

Rainbow Territory will be having a community stall at Seabreeze. It will be selling famous iced tea, a big batch of donated CDs, and books and other items to raise funds for campaigning this year. Drop by for chat or to pick up a cool drink and cool tunes.

We would love to have some help from the community to do the stall. If you want to volunteer to help person the stall please get in touch


National LGBTI Health Alliance NT roundtable

The team from the National LGBTI Health Alliance came to Darwin to talk about the National LGBTI Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy. This strategy has been developed to systematically address the dramatic over-representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and intersex people in measures of suicidality and mental ill-health.

This strategy offers a broad and practical framework that will support nation-wide efforts to reduce the high incidence of suicide, suicidality, and mental illness amongst LGBTI people.

Attendees at the forum included: Top End Health, the NT Department of Health, NTAHC, Rainbow Territory, Dr Stephen Kerry, PHN NT (Primary Health Network NT), the Mental Health Coalition NT, and others.

For more information on this strategy, please contact

Sally Morris
National MindOUT Project Coordinator
National LGBTI Health Alliance

Save the date for Fair Day: 2 Sept 2017!

SAVE THE DATE!! Alice Springs Pride Carnviale is proud to announce the 2017 Pride Carnivale Fair Day will be held on SATURDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER! There will be other things happening around that time, so keep an ear out. Better year, get in touch with the committee and volunteer to help put on a wonderful pride festival in the heart of the nation.

Alice Springs Pride Carnivale Facebook page

Darwin Pride Festival 2017

Darwin Pride Festival has kicked off its meetings for the year, and will hold the fabulous festival 21 – 30 September. It’s a great time to be involved in the festival which has been going strong for 30 years. What the Darwin Pride Festival is looking for: organising committee members, performers, support crew, volunteers, event coordinators, stage hands, and community groups who want to hold an event as part of the festival.

A call out for Expressions of Interest in participating in the Festival has gone out and all submissions need to be in by close of business Friday 28 April 2017, no exceptions.

Darwin Pride on Facebook

Got something to say about mental health & suicide prevention?

Rainbow territory is running a community survey so that LGBTQI people in the NT can have a say about:

  • what services and support you need
  • what services and support you access
  • what helps you get access to support and services
  • what stops you from accessing support and services
  • how homophobia and discrimination impacts you
  • rating the services you currently receive or access

Please complete the survey, and tell others about it. We would love to get 100 responses or more, so please share

The information will be used to inform service providers, policy makers, and government in the NT.

Submissions from NT government and Anti-Discrimination Commission

There was a Senate Committee set up to look into IF marriage equality would be brought in, should exemptions for ministers of religion, marriage celebrants and religious bodies and organisations so that they wouldn’t have to have anything to do with same sex marriage?

Both the NT government and the NT Anti-Discimination Commission put in a submission. Here they are:

NT Anti-Discrimination submission:

Submission 102 – Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission

NT Government submission:

Submission 141

Formal terms of Reference

That a select committee to be known as the Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill be established to inquire into and report on, by 13 February 2017, the Commonwealth Government’s exposure draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill, with particular reference to:

  • the nature and effect of proposed exemptions for ministers of religion, marriage celebrants and religious bodies and organisations, the extent to which those exemptions prevent encroachment upon religious freedoms, and the Commonwealth Government’s justification for the proposed exemptions;
  • the nature and effect of the proposed amendment to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Commonwealth Government’s justification for it;
  • potential amendments to improve the effect of the bill and the likelihood of achieving the support of the Senate; and
  • whether there are to be any consequential amendments, and, if so, the nature and effect of those consequential amendments, and the Commonwealth Government’s justification for them.

What was the outcome? summary from the Law Council

“the committee suggests that ministers of religion, and certain religious celebrants, should be able to refuse to marry same-sex couples in line with their beliefs. Civil celebrants on the other hand are performing a secular function and so have no other proper basis for exemption.

“the committee agrees with the Law Council that ‘religious bodies’ that were not specifically established for religious purposes, should not be exempt from anti-discrimination laws.”

“we note that the committee did not recommend exempting individuals or commercial businesses from anti-discrimination law who hold a ‘conscientious’ objection to providing goods and services for same-sex weddings.”

Rainbow Territory community survey final report 2015

Formed in September 2014, Rainbow Territory is an unfunded Northern Territory community group that advocates for the human rights of Northern Territorians who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ). Rainbow Territory aims to develop a safer, fairer and a more inclusive NT.

The aim of the RT Community Survey was to learn more about the issues facing LGBTIQ Territorians. The survey was hosted by Survey Monkey and launched at the Rainbow Territory Equality Rally, NT Parliament House in Darwin on 25th November 2014. Over the subsequent months, the website was visited by 100 people.

This report consists of three sections:

1. Summary Statement. An overview of broad themes and trends.
2. Results Summary. Including graphical presentations of the main findings.
3. Result Details. This is a break-down of participants’ responses.

This report was compiled on 4th May 2015.
Rainbow Territory Community Survey Sub-Committee.

Rainbow Territory survey May 2015

Rainbow Territory Rainbow Territory Community Survey Final Report Darwin, 2015

Darwin: youth group continues in 2017

The young people’s group run by Headspace for same sex attracted and/or gender diverse young people will continue in 2017. This is great news for young people in Darwin. Here is a copy of their recent newsletter.

From the Prism Newsletter (published by headspace Darwin)

Suggestions from the group for future meetings are:

The last few weeks have been about getting to know each other & next year we will start getting information sessions organised as well as social activities. We have had some great suggestions for activities and we are hoping to get some of these happening next year.

Next week (6th December 3:30-5:00pm) will be our: End of Year Party !! This is for all ages of our LGBTIQ groups. Please come along in a festive mood & enjoy an afternoon of food & games.

Coming events:

King Pin – ‘Strike Out Stigma’ for people who have HIV. 5pm Saturday, 3rd December 2016. Cost $10 under 19 / $25 Full. Buy inline: Ticket includes: 2 games, shoe hire, soft drink & a slider.

Its also worth checking out these graffiti workshops at MAGNT run by Dave Collins.

Contact: It was great to see people exchanging contact details & planning to meet up, outside the group. If you want to keep in contact other members, write out your contact details on a note pass it to them. Please remember that some people may have other commitments over the holiday break and not everyone will want to keep in touch with the entire group. So please be respectful of each other.

Meetings in 2017

  • Prism Meeting – 12-17 years will be on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month, 3:30-5:00pm (next meeting 7th February 2017)
  • 17-25 years will be held on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 3:30-5:00pm (next meeting 31st January 2017)
  • Some social occasions will include both groups together

Support for young people: Should a young person become distressed during a session, headspace staff clinician will be available to respond to and support young person. Everybody is welcome and treated with respect. Safety is a priority. This includes boundaries, clear communication and mental health support where necessary.

Contact: headspace Darwin, Phone: Barbara (08) 8931 5999, Email: