May update from Philippa

I can't believe it's already May and we’re well into the colder end of Autumn, although it wasn't hard to keep the heater off, until after Anzac Day this year! The colourful leaves have been dropping off the trees and the change of seasons has also brought about new changes and exciting ventures for the Council.

Our lovely Jasmine, who has been organising our events with zealous enthusiasm for the past two+ years has left us to move to Melbourne and follow her passion for community development, laneways and cultural development.  We are recruiting to this important position so stay tuned.

We are setting up a Service User Reference Group – this will be a group of current and past service users who have experienced barriers to health care, stigma, discrimination, mental health concerns, lived experience relevant to our services.  We want to meet with you and talk and share experiences, gain emotional support and talk about what works.  We don’t want the bureaucrats or the privileged stakeholders – we want to hear from the people who use our services and need our services but don’t use them.  Stay tuned for a personal connection to join this group.

The Council is pleased to partner with The Equality Project, the ACT Government Office for LGBTIQ Affairs and A Gender Agenda to present Canberra Together. Canberra Together is a community symposium for LGBTIQ+ people and their allies to be held on Monday 23 September and Tuesday 24 September 2019. Celebrating respect and difference, Canberra Together will bring LGBTIQ+ people and their allies together to shine a spotlight on what is already happening in our community and discuss the issues that matter through a series of participatory workshops and presentations. Canberra Together is about establishing meaningful connections that are collaborative and sustainable to help create a fairer, more equal, more welcoming and more inclusive Canberra.

While open to all LGBTIQ+ people and their allies, Canberra Together particularly welcomes the presence of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, People of Colour, People with Disability, Transgender People, Intersex People, Young People and LGBTIQ+ Elders. Tickets are available online now - you can find out more on Eventbrite.

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