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Pride Foundation News May-June 2019

A Message From Our Chair

 

Over the last few months, Pride Foundation has been picking up the pace on our newest focus area: LGBTIQA+ Refugee and Asylum Seekers. Since January, our advisory group for this area, made up of over 20 people including refugees, lawyers, frontline service workers, health carers and LGBTI agencies has met three times to discuss the most effective ways to support this community group with philanthropic funding. 

 

From these discussions, we have decided to spend our initial pool of funds on developing a national set of training resources. This is an exciting opportunity to make a real difference by informing key services on the unique needs of LGBTIQA+ people who have come to Australia seeking asylum from persecution. 

 

We are also looking forward to our Sydney fundraiser this Friday on 18 October, and we hope to see some of you there! 

 

In this newsletter you can find more details about upcoming events, our advisory group’s recommendations, and our newest grant recipients. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing support of our work, we couldn’t do it without you.

Ruth McNair, Pride Foundation Australia Board Chairperson

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An Update on Our Work 

Through the work of our expert LGBTIQA+ Refugee and Asylum Seeker advisory group, we have developed a list of key issues. These include:

  1. Connecting with other LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers in Australia - they find it very difficult to connect with each other 
  2. Information access - they also find it very difficult to access information about where to find queer and intersex inclusion support, how to navigate the system, how to effectively seek asylum.
  3. Services for asylum seeker and refugees have little or no knowledge about the specific issues faced by LGBTIQ+ people using their services. People rarely come out while accessing these services for fear of discrimination, and of being outed to their family or community
  4. immigration processes are inherently unfair as LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers are required to prove their identity, which is often impossible as they have lived covert lives in their countries of origin due to criminalisation of LGBTQ+ status.
In order to best respond to these challenges with the funds we have available, we have decided to focus the initial pool of funds we raised during our end of financial year fundraiser, on developing nationally accessible, targeted LGBTIQ+ sensitivity training for the refugee service sector

We will also be developing a webpage to enable both access to the training materials and to facilitate information sharing for LGBTIQ+ refugees.

Meet Our Newest Grant Recipients!

 
Four times each year, Pride Foundation Australia offers up to $500 in funding to five individuals, organisations and communities working on projects that directly benefit the LGBTIQA+ community, who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs.

We’re thrilled to announce the recipients for the September 2019 Small Grants!
Rainbow Disability SA


Rainbow Disability will invest in streaming equipment and accessible venue hire to ensure that their support group for LGBT+ people with disabilities is accessible to everyone looking for community support, education, and advocacy. 


Wendybird are holding an event to thank volunteers and supporters and celebrate 5 years of creating a safe place for LGBTIQA+ people. They are ensuring it is accessible to everyone regardless of mobility and/or financial situation. 


Advance Diversity Services plan to print more copies of their Multicultural LGBTQIA+ Support Directory, which was made in partnership with Kogarah Community Services, Georges River Council and 2 Connect Youth and Community. 

 

As You Are Group is a social and support group for LGBTQIA+ youth aged 14-21 years. They have designed a card game designed by youth based on the LGBTQIA+ acronym to educate people about the diverse communities that are covered in the acronym as well as their associated flags. The cards will also detail and demystify the use of pronouns.

Tadc Lee Conference Attendence

 

Tadc Lee is a member of both the deaf and LGBTIQA+ communities, and plans to attend the 2020 Better Together conference in Melbourne. The conference aims to explore current issues facing the LGBTIQ+ movement, bringing together voices from the Deaf community, as well as multicultural and multi-faith communities.

Our next round of small grants will be in December, so make sure to keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter for announcements and details.
 
Your donation will help fund this grant program and we are incredibly thankful for your generosity.
Donate today!

Spotlight on Our CrowdRaising Champion!

Three months go, Blake Daniels committed to having a dry July, August and September to raise money for Pride Foundation. Thanks to his efforts, and the support of his family and friends, Blake raised over $2,000 by the end of September!
 

We’re grateful to everyone who sponsored and donated to his fundraiser, and to Blake for choosing to support us.
Whether you're trying a dry December, training for a fun run or want to cycle for a cause, it's easy to set up a donation campaign!
You can find a step-by-step guide clicking here

Upcoming Events 

Sydney LGBTIQ+ Refugee Fundraiser - TOMORROW!

Pride Foundation Australia is holding a harbour-side soiree with a line-up of incredible guest speakers. Attendees will enjoy complimentary drinks and canapes courtesy of Gilbert & Tobin, our generous sponsors for the evening.

 

All proceeds from the evening will go towards development of training for services that will improve the lives of LGBTIQA+ refugees and asylum seekers.

Click here for more information and to buy your tickets!

Melbourne Panel - What It's Like Being LGBTIQA+ in the Workplace

General Assembly, a start-up education provider, is holding a free Melbourne event for the LGBTIQ+ community and their colleagues, friends and family on Thursday 7th November. Featuring an evening panel discussion, where panelists will share insights into navigating sexual orientation and gender identity in the startup and business community.
To find out more and reserve your ticket, click here

Canberra Conference - Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration & Exile 

Organised by Tina Dixon, a member of Pride Foundation’s LGBTIQA+ Refugee and Asylum Seeker advisory group, and her partner, this conference is the first of its kind in Australia. 

 

It aims to bring together academics, practitioners and LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum and refugees to discuss pertinent issues of queer forced displacement and foster dialogue between official and unofficial groups invested in research and practice for coordinated solutions and better support of affected populations.

Information on the program and tickets now available here

We Need Your Support

Pride Foundation Australia is 100% reliant on community donor support to make our work possible.

We are incredibly grateful for the funds we receive from our generous donors throughout the year.

Your donation will help fund essential programs for the most disadvantaged people in our LGBTQIA+ community.

To make a tax deductible donation, large or small, visit https://www.givenow.com.au/pridefoundationau
If you would like to leave a bequest, please visit
https://pridefoundation.org.au/get-involved/

 
For any donor queries, contact us at info@pridefoundation.org.au
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