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  • Pride Month at Libraries ACT

    Wednesday, June 01, 2022 at 06:00 PM

    Celebrate Pride Month in June with Libraries ACT!

    This month Libraries ACT are featuring several events to highlight our local LGBTQIA+ community including:

    • Rainbow Family Story Times with Toni Kola Friday 17th June @ Woden from 2:30-3:30pm and Saturday 18th June @ Gungahlin 2-3pm
    • PRIDE! Rainbow Hip Hop Class with Charlie @ Gungahlin Saturday 18th June 10:30-12:30
    • PRIDE! LGBTQIA+ Performer Showcase @ Gungahlin Saturday 18th June 4-5pm
    • Author Talk with local trans man Kaya Wilson about his memoir “As Beautiful as Any Other” @ Woden Library Monday 20th June 6:15-7:15pm
    • “The Greatest Menace Podcast” Q&A with Simon Cunich available online

    Make sure you register for their free pride events by booking via the link https://tinyurl.com/y4xcf52e

  • NAIDOC Week 2022

    Sunday, July 03, 2022 at 06:00 PM through July 10, 2022

    The National NAIDOC Committee has announced NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held from 3-10 July 2022. 

    Find out about local NAIDOC Week events here. 

  • The Wednesday Club

    Wednesday, July 06, 2022 at 06:00 PM

    The Wednesday Club is a 6 week program for queer women* aged 35 and over to meet and discuss contemporary issues facing queer women today. Focusing on sexual identity, community, relationships and their negotiation and sex-positivity. It starts on Wednesday, 1 June and runs from 6 to 8pm until Wednesday 6 July. 

    If you are interested in attending or would like more information, send an email to [email protected] and the coordinator will get back to you. Hurry places are limited.

    *includes cis, trans and non-binary people who identify as a woman or with the feminine.

  • International Non-Binary People's Day 2022

    Thursday, July 14, 2022 at 12:00 AM through July 15, 2022

    The 14th of July is International Non-Binary People’s Day. On this day we celebrate the rich diversity in gender and those who do not fit within the traditional gender binary.

    Non-binary is an umbrella term for gender identities that sit within, outside of, across or between the spectrum of the male and female binary. A non-binary person might identify as gender-fluid, trans masculine, trans feminine, agender, bigender etc. Non-binary is sometimes shortened to NB or enby. Formal recognition of non-binary as a valid gender identity is growing rapidly. In fact, this year Australia’s Census includes a non-binary option for the first time.

    Meridian supports the health and wellbeing of non-binary people, their families and allies. We work with individuals through counselling, peer support and provide training and resources across many settings including workplaces, schools, the community service sector and other organisations.

    We offer and refer to a range of non-binary-affirming resources, programs and services delivered by people who genuinely understand the health issues affecting non-binary people.

    Language Beyond The Binary Resource

     


     

    Sexual Health Clinics

    Working in partnership with Canberra Sexual Health Centre, the STRIP program allows non-binary and other gender diverse people to take control of their sexual health. STRIP is a community-based STI testing clinic where non-binary and other gender diverse people can speak directly with health professionals who understand our community about their sexual health.

     


     

    Counselling 

    Meridian Wellbeing Services host the ACT’s leading, professional, peer-led counselling service for people living with HIV, people impacted by HIV, LGBTIQA+ people, their families-of-choice, carers and their allies. Our qualified team provides confidential counselling for people who are seeking support to improve their mental health and wellbeing.

    Meridian Wellbeing Services is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and non-judgemental therapeutic environment that values the unique lived experiences of anyone seeking counselling with our team. We welcome members of the community over the age of 15, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, cultural background, religious belief or economic circumstances.

    Services are low cost and charged on a sliding scale based on annual income. Counselling services are free for Health Care Card holders and people living with HIV.

    To make an enquiry please contact Meridian Wellbeing Services on 6257 2855 or 0412 882 855, via email at [email protected] or complete our Online Enquiry Form or Client Referral Form by clicking the links below.

     

    Enquiry Form 

    Referral Form

     

    More information

    https://meridianact.org.au/wp-content/uploads/Westlund-Exchange-Information-Sheet.pdf

    Counselling

     


     

    Encampment

    Meridian runs an annual peer-led mentorship program for young LGBTIQ+ people. Encampment provides personal and professional development training to trans, gender diverse and non-binary youth leaders (mentors aged 18-25), who mentor younger LGBTIQ+ people (participants aged 13-17)—more information on Encampment.

    A Gender Agenda

    A Gender Agenda (AGA) provide direct and peer support and advocacy for members of the trans, gender diverse and intersex communities and their families. AGA is a unique community organisation actively engaged in increasing public awareness and understanding of intersex, trans and gender diversity issues. In addition to training and education, they provide advocacy and support services, information and resources and are actively engaged in human rights and law reform.  AGA is a vibrant community of sex and gender diverse individuals and their families.

    AGA operates the Friday Centre, a peer navigation service that supports trans and gender diverse communities with information and referrals to support their social, legal, and medical transition. The Friday Centre operates from The Exchange at Meridian’s Havelock House office on Fridays from 1 pm – 6 pm. You can drop in anytime during opening hours and meet the staff who will understand the unique experience of the trans and gender diverse communities.  You can also email [email protected]

     


     

    Supporting Non-Binary People

    One of the easiest ways you can support inclusion of non-binary and gender diverse people is to normalise asking about pronouns or sharing your pronouns verbally, in your Zoom display name, etc. Read more about language beyond the binary in our Language Beyond The Binary Resource.

    Beyond the Binary (Twitter Post)

     


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  • World Hepatitis Day BBQ with Hepatitis ACT

    Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 01:00 PM

    Community BBQ in Canberra, ACT.  

    WHEN
    July 28, 2022 at 1:00pm - 4pm
    WHERE
    Hepatitis ACT
    36 David Street, Turner, ACT 2612 Australia

     


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