Media Release: Staying Strong And Connected During The Same Sex Marriage Debate
As the postal surveys arrive in people’s letterboxes, the Canberra LGBTIQ Community Consortium is hosting a series of wellbeing sessions for LGBTQI+ people and their allies.
The drop in sessions, commencing Tuesday 19 September will provide an opportunity for participants to debrief and share their experiences of the marriage equality debate. Sessions will combine group discussion, mindfulness practices, expressive arts, and techniques to help those attending stay optimistic and proud of who they are. The sessions are free and being held at YWCA meeting rooms from 5.30pm to 7.00pm.
“Everyone has the right to be proud of who they are and to share their life with the person they love. These fundamental human rights are not changed by the current commentary around the postal survey on marriage, but for LGBTIQ people such a public debate can make it feel like these rights are not valued and respected” said Philippa Moss, Executive Director of the AIDS Action Council. “The LGBTIQ Community Consortium is committed to ensuring that, however LGBTIQ people want to engage with the postal survey their choices are supported and affirmed.”
Community members and psychotherapists Saan Ecker and Rodney Cole will be facilitating the sessions with the hope that the sessions will help participants share how they are feeling, form new connections and strengthen existing relationships as we come together in our communities to support, strengthen and build resilience and optimism.
“it’s important that people are able to access appropriate support in an environment where the public discussion can call into question the worth and worthiness of LGBTIQ individuals” added Ms Moss.
The CBR LGBTIQ Community Consortium is acknowledges the financial support of the ACT Government in providing funding to ensure that the ACT remains a safe and welcoming place for LGBTIQ people, and that adequate help and support is available for those experiencing distress.