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Winter - July 2016

Gala High Cow charity dinner raised over $8,000 for GALFA

High Cow Dinner High Cow Dinner

A gala dinner held in Melbourne on Sat 9 April 2016 was hosted by reigning Laird Leatherman Stephen Morgan and raised $8,046 for GALFA.

Stephen Morgan was awarded the title of Laird Leatherman August 2015, and nominated GALFA as his charity of choice for the inaugural High Cow Charity Dinner as the centerpiece activity of his fundraising year. GALFA Chair, Dr Ruth McNair responded by saying that “thanks to Stephen's fundraising efforts, GALFA is able to continue to provide benefits to the LGBTI communities through targeted grants”.

Funds were raised from ticket sales and auctioning items generously provided by businesses supporting the leather and broader LGBTI community. These included South of Johnson, Mannhaus, Ross Watson Gallery, Harts Lane of Daylesford, The Laird Hotel, The Butterfly Club, Athenaeum Theatre, Piercing HQ, Fitbit, Melbourne Rope Dojo, Tom Jones massage, Hares and Hyenas, Maddog's Boot Camp, The Naked Barber and Duepunti. Thanks go to GALFA volunteer Peter Runacres for his coordination of the event.

Stephen Morgan said he is “very proud of being able to draw a number of different members of our community together in order to benefit GALFA and showcase their generosity”. There are more fundraising events to come.

Myer-GALFA grant round 1 for 2016 – COTA/TGV Project announced


The Sidney Myer Fund and the GALFA Board of Directors are pleased to announce the Council for the Ageing Vic and Transgender Victoria have received a grant of $15,000 for a project called “Supporting older LGBTI Victorians to plan around end of life”.

In partnership, they aim to develop information resources to guide older trans and gender diverse (TGD- and LGBTI) Victorians to information which will encourage end of life planning. These will be based on information gathered through a survey of information needs and focus groups. The resources will be co-designed with the TGD community and used in information and education outreach by both organisations. These will include short videos detailing key messages and case studies, and an information checklist to guide older people in end of life planning.

Both organisations were very pleased to be working together. Brenda Appleton at TGV said “Our involvement over 2 years in LGBTI aging and aged care training has revealed significant gaps in end of life planning for all Australians including TGD and LGBTI. We believe this project will enable greater understanding and a little less stress at the end of life.”

Myfan Jordan at COTA said “we are grateful to GALFA for funding a project with a strong co-design emphasis. One we hope will allow us to develop targeted, pragmatic and accessible resources which meet the information needs of older trans and gender diverse members of our community, and more broadly, older LGBTI Victorians.”

LGBTI Homelessness project has received government funding

The GALFA LGBTI homelessness project that commenced in January 2016 has just received a much needed boost in funding, with a $20,000 promise from the Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Government. This adds to the $40,000 of existing philanthropic donations from GALFA, Launch Housing, the Altman Assia fund at the Australian Communities Foundation, and the Lord Mayors Charitable Fund in Melbourne. This will enable gathering information from LGBTI people who have experienced homelessness.

Welcome to new Board member Catherine Fitzgerald

Catherine FitzgeraldWe are very pleased that Catherine has joined the GALFA Board. She is an actor, writer and theatre director including roles as Artistic Director of Vitalstatistix National Women's Theatre from 1996-2002, Associate Director at State Theatre Company of South Australia 2011–12, and Artistic Director of Feast Festival, Adelaide Queer Cultural Festival in 2013–2015. In 2003 she was awarded The Centenary Medal for “the development of women artists in South Australia through Vitalstatistix”. She is a very experienced Board member having sat on several arts boards and will bring important South Australian connections to our board.

Catherine said “I am very proud and excited to be appointed to the GALFA board of management, and look forward to working with this dynamic group of people in raising funds to working towards assisting LGBTIQ people and communities through important projects. GALFA is doing a great job, I am so impressed with the commitment and skills they bring to the table. I look forward to being involved at many levels.”

GALFA launches our bequest brochure

Bequest BrochureWe recently completed our bequest information brochure. Thank you to Ian Gould for drafting it and Ron Thiele for his expert pro bono editing.

It is available at

LGBTI Disability area update

The expert advisory group has met three times now, and has decided to commission two pieces of work:

  1. Building the evidence project: This will seek to understand the lived experience of LGBTI Australians living with disabilities, which will then inform policy, services and the community.
  2. Development of a national LGBTI and disability social media site: This will fill an important gap by enabling connection for LGBTI Australians living with disabilities.

This work is funded by a $20,000 donation from the Broadtree Foundation.

Thank you for your donations

Thank you to our generous donors that have contributed this financial year. You will go into a draw to win one of three DVDs of the movie Carol.

It's easy to donate to GALFA either on line via our web site, or by setting up a regular monthly contribution. Donations over $2 are tax deductable.

Donations either once off or monthly can be made via our website - go to and hit the Donations button.

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