Newsletter 23: Ethnic LGBT+ is visiting the NT

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.

Contact details for Mikhara: | M (+61) 0424 044 247
Founder – Ethnic LGBT+ |

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

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.

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

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 if you are keen

Young person’s LGBTQI+ group

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.