PRIDE IN CAIRNS. WHERE TO FROM HERE?

JOIN US FOR A COMMUNITY MEETING THURSDAY 14th March at QuAC CAIRNS OFFICE

Cairns is home to diverse people and vibrant communities, with a history of colour and celebration.
Come along with your friends and join in the conversation about events and what pride looks like in Cairns.
Food and refreshments provided.
We are your LGBTI brotherboy and sistergirl community organisation in Queensland, and acknowledge the traditional owners the Djabugay, Yirrganydji and Gimuy Yidinji peoples and pay respects to elders past and present.
Meeting details
Where: QuAC Office, 290 Draper Street Parramatta Park
When: Thurs 14 March 2019 5:30pm to 7:30pm
RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/oxFPfek8jgVerble2
Contact us at 4041 5451 or cns@quac.org.au
Food and refreshments provided.

Wellbeing Gathering – Mission Beach April 12 – 15 posted by QPP

Queensland Positive People (QPP) have been funded by ViiV Healthcare to undertake a project aimed at Increasing the engagement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with HIV in HIV treatment. Part of this project is to host a residential workshop for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PLHIV. The retreat is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living with HIV, straight, gay, male or female.

The aim of the retreat is to provide a safe environment away from home for participants to share their personal journeys, interact with other participants, take part in educational and cultural activities to strengthen body, mind and spirit and to have a break from the challenges and responsibility of their daily lives and to recharge themselves.

The retreat will be held in Mission Beach on the 12th April 2019 to the 15th April 2019 at a private and secluded resort, there will be no other guests there. All travel to and from the retreat, meals and activities are provided free for participants. Activities will include art and craft, fishing, music and dance.

There will be workshops as well covering subjects like HIV education, barriers to support and treatment and stigma and discrimination.

We will have an aboriginal chef to prepare amazing meals based almost entirely on bush tucker. There will be support staff onsite 24 hours a day to provide one on one support to participants and help navigate them through any issues they may have.

We are reaching out to sexual health services and other community organisations to find participants. If you have patients that are HIV positive and would benefit from learning more about HIV, connecting with other HIV positive people or have problems taking and staying on treatment, we would love to hear from you, and them. Please feel free to circulate this letter to other colleagues that may be working with people that could benefit from this retreat.

Another objective of this project is to learn from the workshop and find ways to support HIV positive people in community, support the communities themselves and hopefully reduce the transmission rates in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Participants will be asked to share their thoughts about ways engagement in treatment can be improved throughout the retreat.

This project is being led by a team of experienced Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander HIV positive people. We understand the cultural issues that go along with HIV and sexual health in general.

If you know of someone that may benefit from retreat, great, we have tried to make the process as simple as possible. Call Shep on 0499 799 858. Alternatively, he is more than happy to contact people in any way that suits. QPP pride themselves on its commitment to privacy and discretion and they promise not to do anything that might risk someone’s personal information. We quite often operate under other organisations names to protect our clients. It is our preference that a prospective participant shares at least their phone number with me so I can call them to explain more about the project and retreat. Alternatively email Shep on ashephard@qpp.org with a phone number and any privacy concerns or instructions you may have. Link to flyer is here Wellbeing retreat Flyer

MORE Balls OUT Bingo

Balls OUT Bingo is into its eighth year and it just keeps going from strength to strength. It currently remains the strongest fundraiser for the Queensland AIDS Council with profits for the last financial year 17/18 being approximately $23,000.  This is double the profit from the previous year.  This much loved event has also been the recipient of 4 Queens Ball Awards for Regular Event of the Year 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Balls OUT Bingo happens every Friday night at The Sportsman Hotel, Spring Hill and is hosted by Brisbane Drag Queen, Candy Surprise.  As a classic all-round entertainer and live singer, Candy keeps the crowd in fits of laughter all night. This fundraiser provides much needed funds to QuAC but also offers a fun and alternate type of entertainment for the LGBTI community.

Of course, Balls OUT Bingo does not stop there! We have also produced the Boys of Balls OUT Bingo Calendar 4 years in a row and the calendar sells out each year, with 2018 being the best year to date, selling almost 300 calendars.  This could not be possible without the great support of our photographer, John Bortolin, who donates his time and expertise each year to bring out the best in our ball boys for the calendar.

We also have our BIG Balls OUT Bingo at the Stones Corner Hotel every 3 months so please check the Balls OUT Bingo Brisbane Facebook page for the dates. BIG Balls OUT Bingo is slightly different to our regular bingo with bigger prizes each round and a huge jackpot round in Game 10.

https://www.facebook.com/ballsoutbingo/

Balls OUT Bingo is now appearing in different suburbs around Brisbane and Ipswich so keep an eye on our Facebook page for these places and dates.

The other exciting news is that Balls OUT Bingo is now available for private functions. Fees vary dependant on the type of event.  So if you want something a little bit different to entertain your guests, get in contact with Jan Thwaites in the Brisbane office on 07 3017 1779 to discuss the possibility of booking Balls OUT Bingo for your event.

QuAC would like to sincerely thank all of our players for supporting this fundraising night, which also wouldn’t be possible without the ongoing generosity of our major sponsors and prize supporters. Bingo books are on sale from 7.30pm, balls drop at 8pm. As the event often sells out it’s essential you book your table by calling Sporties on 07 3831 2892.

Thank you all, and let’s keep putting the fun into fundraising.

Major Sponsors:  The Sportsman Hotel

Major Supporters: Number 29, Gay & Lesbian Matchmaker, 4D Events, KLM, Queer Privilege, House of Blousie, John Bortolin Photographer, Brisbane Hustlers, Brisbane Tritons, Brisbears, BootCo, Shades of Play.

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CALLING ALL ARTISTS!

Feeling creative?

In need of a creative outlet that will support an amazing campaign?

Want to use creativity to encourage conversations which will reduce suicide and self-harm in our LGBTI, Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities?

If you answered yes to any or all of these, then the Queensland AIDS Council invites you to submit an artwork for use in an LGBTI Suicide Prevention Campaign in the Greater Brisbane region.

 OBJECTIVE OF CAMPAIGN:

 Encourage conversation to reduce suicide and self-harm in the LGBTI, Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities.

MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGES WE ARE COMMUNICATING THROUGH THIS CAMPAIGN:

 Primary Message: Talking can make it better.

Secondary Message: Here’s how to start the conversation.

 Please read the Terms & Conditions in ATTACHMENT 1 for full details on submission and remuneration. Also download and sign the ARTIST’S ENTRY FORM. 

Entries with original signed Artist’s Entry Form should be submitted to the attention of:

Rebecca Reynolds

Chief Executive Office

Queensland AIDS Council

30 Helen Street, Teneriffe, QLD 4005

All entries must be received by 5:00pm AEDT Friday 1stFebruary 2019.

 

2Spirits Program Manager

QUEENSLAND AIDS COUNCIL STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

Our promise to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer+, Brotherboy & Sistergirl Communities.

As one of Queensland’s largest health and HIV organisations, we are committed to actively making welcome all people who access our programs and services. It is our responsibility to ensure that every member of our diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ+ Brotherboy & Sistergirl Communities feel safe, valued, represented and appropriately supported to co-design, deliver, access, monitor and evaluate our programs and spaces.

We commit to achieving this goal through shared values and principles, including listening, respect, honesty, transparency and trust.

Our Statement of Commitment

As an organisation we have a responsibility to reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve. A safe, transparent and mutually agreed partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ+ Brotherboy & Sistergirl Communities of Queensland is an essential part of our work towards achieving this diversity.

We acknowledge that as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, you hold the knowledge, strength and cultural practices that create positive, social and emotional wellbeing outcomes. You must lead this work within all  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

We commit to developing pathways to walk and work together that will grow positive outcomes for all of our communities. This includes a commitment to understanding and embedding your ways of knowing, being and doing.

NEW 2SPIRITS PROGRAM MANAGER ROLE

The Queensland AIDS Council is excited to be recruiting for the role of 2Spirits Statewide Program Manager.

Based in our Brisbane office, the 2Spirits Statewide Program Manager will support the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Sistergirls and Brotherboys in Queensland through a whole of community approach to social and emotional well-being.

The 2Spirits Program is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led program, in partnership with the Queensland AIDS Council, connecting culturally safe services and health promotion activities throughout Queensland and in the Torres Strait Islands.

This role will be working with guidance from a statewide Governance Group which will be established in early 2019.  This group will provide guidance to the 2Spirits Program of work through the Program Manager role and will provide advice to the CEO.

The objective of the Statewide Program Manager is to lead and manage the resources, activities and relationships of the 2Spirits Program so that it may achieve its mission of promoting the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Sistergirls and Brotherboys in Queensland.

For more information about this opportunity, please go to 2spirits Program Manager link here or contact our CEO, Rebecca Reynolds via rreynolds@quac.org.au

Applications close 5pm Friday 18th January 2019.

Artwork featured on this post is from an original work by Gloria Beckett (1999)

LGBTIQ Domestic + Family Violence

Queensland Government tackles domestic and family violence in LGBTIQ, Sistergirl & Brotherboy communities

The Queensland Government’s efforts to tackle domestic and family violence across all sectors of society were bolstered today with the launch of a new campaign targeting the LGBTI, Sistergirl & Brotherboy communities.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said the campaign would help raise awareness of domestic and family violence within LGBTIQ communities and deliver advice and information on where to go for support.

“We know that domestic and family violence doesn’t discriminate; it can happen to anyone,” she said.

“There’s never been a better time to broaden the conversation and with this campaign we take another step forward in the fight against domestic and family violence.

“Research shows that LGBTIQ people suffer domestic and family violence at the same rates, or perhaps even higher, than the broader community.

“Research also shows they can experience unique forms of abuse and may be reluctant to seek help.”

The campaign, which meets recommendation 14 of the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an end to domestic and family violence in Queensland report, will deliver information and advice on the types of abuse that are unique to the LGBTIQ community, and dispel some of the common misconceptions about support options.

Member for McConnel Grace Grace said the Palaszczuk Government has been working relentlessly to deliver on a wide range of Not Now, Not Ever reform initiatives this latest campaign builds build on our track record of progress towards a Queensland free from domestic and family violence.

“We know the insidious nature of domestic and family violence affects far too many LGBTIQ Queenslanders,” she said.

“LGBTIQ families are not immune to the danger of domestic and family violence which is why it is so important to raise awareness of the issue and encourage people impacted by this terrible form of violence to seek support,” she said.

“This government is no by-stander to domestic and family violence, wherever it may occur.”

Executive Director of Queensland AIDS Council Rebecca Reynolds said awareness of intimate partner violence in LGBTIQ relationships was crucial because all individuals and couples needed to know what Domestic and Family Violence was and what services were available throughout Queensland to support them.

“This campaign will speak to a diversity of bodies, genders and relationships to ensure that all people feel visible and feel like they can access the support that they need, at the time when they need it,” she said.

We commend the Queensland Government’s work on this important issue and look forward to being part of the conversation and working alongside members of our communities as allies and supporters.

For more information about the LGBTIQ campaign visit www.qld.gov.au/LGBTIQendDFV

For more information about Queensland Government progress to end domestic and family violence visit www.csyw.qld.gov.au/gateway/end-domestic-family-violence/our-progress

For Media Enquiries contact: Cat Milton 0447 117 132

Office of the Hon. Di Farmer MP

Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence

Our New CEO Appointed

Chief Executive Officer appointed to lead the Queensland AIDS Council

 The Queensland AIDS Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Rebecca Reynolds as the Chief Executive Officer of QuAC.

The board, with the assistance of NGO Recruitment, conducted an exhaustive nationwide search to find the best possible person for this position. This process included three rounds of interviews and consultation with community leaders across the State.

The President of QuAC, Peter Black, said the board was excited Ms Reynolds was staying with QuAC for the next three years.

“Rebecca has been our interim Executive Director since August this year, and the board has been very impressed by the work she has already done within the organisation and our State’s diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, sistergirl and brotherboy communities, and we look forward to working with her in the coming years,” Mr Black said.

Ms Reynolds joined QuAC from the National LGBTI Health Alliance, the peak body in Australia for organisations and individuals working to improve health outcomes for LGBTI people and their communities. Working across the full lifespan, Rebecca’s career in the community health sector includes international work on HIV and maternal health, extensive experience in youth and disability services, mental health, suicide prevention and ageing and aged care.

“Rebecca’s diverse experience means she is uniquely placed to work with QuAC’s board, staff, volunteers and communities to reshape and reimagine the organisation so that it can fulfil its responsibilities to all of our communities and to work to address the issues that still exist that act as barriers for equality,” Mr Black said.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Reynolds said “I warmly welcome the chance to work alongside our Queensland lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, sistergirl and brotherboy communities and to using our collective strength to tackle the diverse set of challenges that we face in our daily lives”.

For further information contact Peter Black, President, Queensland AIDS Council on 0421 636 496 or pblack@quac.org.au.

 

Self Testing Adds to HIV Prevention

MEDIA RELEASE 27 November 2018

Self Testing Adds Momentum to HIV Prevention Effort

The approval of Australia’s first HIV self-test will add momentum to the HIV prevention effort by making testing more accessible, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations said today.

The Therapeutic Goods Adminstration approved the Australian devised and manufactured Atomo HIV Self Test late yesterday. The single use rapid fingerprick test is expected to be available for online purchase for approximately $30 within three months.

“Sadly, stigma and embarrassment still prevents many people testing for HIV. The arrival of this self testing device is a critical step in removing a barrier to people knowing their status,” said Darryl O’Donnell, chiefexecutive officer of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations. “Self testing will add significantmomentum to Australian HIV prevention efforts. Once people know they are HIV positive, they can commence treatment which keeps them well and prevents transmission to others.”

Mr O’Donnell also welcomed Health Minister, Greg Hunt’s release of the eighth National HIV Strategy with accompanying investment.

“The community-led HIV response welcomes Minister Hunt’s commitment to virtual elimination of HIV transmission by 2022. This is an ambitious goal, but with co-operation and determination, it is certainlyachievable,” Mr O’Donnell said.

Minister Hunt made the announcement at a parliamentary breakfast in Canberra to mark this Saturday’sWorld AIDS Day.

AFAO also welcomed the Federal Labor Party’s commitment to invest in national HIV community organisations to drive consistent policy, public communication campaigns and the skills of the HIV workforce should it form government.

“Catherine King’s commitment to new funding would provide a serious boost to HIV prevention by scaling-up HIV efforts,” Mr O’Donnell said.

Australia made serious strides in HIV prevention this year, with national data recording the lowest level of HIV transmission since 2010.

This trend is expected to continue in 2019 as more people at risk of HIV begin to use the prevention medicine PrEP, which is now available on the PBS.

The HIV prevention effort in Australia’s region, Asia and the Pacific, poses a continuing challenge.

According to UNAIDS data released ahead of World AIDS Day, approximately 5.2 million people are living

with HIV in the region and only a little more than half (2.7 million) have access to life-saving antiretroviral medicine.

Globally, 36.9 people are living with HIV, with 21.7 million accessing antiretroviral medicine. AFAO believes Australia should commit at least $250 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, when it holds its replenishment conference next year.

More information: Nick Lucchinelli 0422229032

AUSTRALIAN FEDERATION OF AIDS ORGANISATIONS

PO Box 51 Newtown, NSW 2042 | 02 9557 9399 | www.afao.org.au | inquiries @afao.org.au

The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) is the national federation for the HIV community response. AFAO’s members are the AIDS Councils and former AIDS Councils in each state and territory; the National Association of People With HIV Australia (NAPWHA); the Australian Injecting & Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL); Anwernekenhe National HIV Alliance (ANA); and Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association.

WORLD AIDS DAY 2018

World AIDS Day is a significant event for the LGBTI Community. It’s a time to remember the people who lost their lives to the pandemic as well as a time to celebrate the lives of people living with HIV. In Brisbane, the Queensland AIDS Council hosts a Candlelight Vigil on December 1st. In Cairns a Vigil is organised by the local World AIDS Day committee of which QuAC is a member.

World AIDS Day 2018 Events

Each year, hardworking volunteers, community groups and businesses help put a diverse range of events for World AIDS Day and HIV Awareness Week on. There is a full list of events for World AIDS Day 2018 right across Queensland at www.qldworldaidsday.org.au/events

World AIDS Day & QuAC

In Queensland, the early 1990s saw the Queensland AIDS Council stage some very successful Candlelight Vigils across the state. In 1994 Brisbane joined 230 other cities in 40 nations in the first International Candlelight Vigil. This Vigil was held in Brisbane’s Suncorp Piazza at Southbank Parklands and many Brisbane residents acknowledged the toll of HIV-AIDS. In 1996, numbers significantly increased with 5000 people marching through Brisbane, with Lord Mayor Jim Soorley officiating. Vigils were also held in regional locations such as Cairns and Townsville.

Then followed several years of well attended Candlelight vigils but sadly the number of attendees dropped away and the final vigil of that era was held in 2007. In 2014, a committee was formed and a Candlelight Vigil was held in Brisbane with an attendance of around 200 people. This support encouraged the committee to plan annual Vigils into the future.

As a community and as individuals, there is a lot we can do in relation to HIV. Working in partnership with people living with HIV, we can encourage others to understand how the virus is transmitted. We can support people to access testing and treatment, as we know that getting early treatment results in better health outcomes. We can raise awareness that HIV positive people have the right to participate in a community free from stigma and discrimination.

The red ribbon has become the symbol for World AIDS Day. People wear the ribbon to remember those who have died and to show their concern and support for people living with HIV along with their commitment to preventing the transmission of HIV. Across Queensland red ribbons are worn by many showing their support for the event. In Brisbane and Cairns, buildings and public places are lit up in red to mark the event.

Get Involved

To get involved in this year’s events contact our coordinators directly:

Brisbane: Phone 07 3017 1777 email scripps@quac.org.au

Cairns: 07 4041 5451 or email bdawson@quac.org.au

DRAG QUEEN BRUNCH FUNDRAISER

BAZAAR’S FAMED SUNDAY BRUNCH IS BEING DRAGGED INTO SATURDAYS WITH A SPECIAL DRAG BRUNCH FIT FOR A QUEEN!

The button-popping Brunch at QT Gold Coast’s famed Bazaar Marketplace Restaurant is bringing together bottomless Mimosas and local Drag Queens for a very good cause! Usually a Sunday special, Bazaar’s Brunch is being dragged into Saturday 24thNovemberfor a unique Drag Queen Brunch that’s sure to add some extra razzle-dazzle to your weekend.

Gather the squad and put your best stiletto-foot-forward for Bazaar’s glorious Drag Queen Brunch – where anything goes!

There’s a complimentary glass of Chandon Rosé on arrival and a plethora of fresh and fabulous brunching choices from the interactive food stations;including crepe and chocolate fondue towers, gourmet breakfast bowls, vibrant seasonal fruits, roving canapes, breakfast pizzas, fresh seafood, fried chicken and waffles and much, MUCH more!

Famed drag queens Martini Ice and Carmen Taykett will be in attendance to host, entertain and delight guests.

And, if it’s not too early for a Belvedere Espresso Martini or Bloody Mary, you can order that too!

Nowhere does brunch quite like Bazaar and trust us, you’ll be treated to things never before seen!

Book now for Bazaar’s Drag Queen Brunch on Saturday 24thNovember from 11.30am – 3.00pm.

Tickets are $69 per person – bookings and prepayment essential.

$5.00 from each ticket sold will be donated to Queensland AIDS Council.  18+ Advised

For bookings and enquiries call 07 5584 1240 or email bookings_qtgoldcoast@evt.com. Or book directly online at https://goldcoasttickets.com.au/event-preview/a-feast-fit-for-a-queen-8223

Discover more at https://www.qthotelsandresorts.com/gold-coast/eat-drink/promotions/a-feast-fit-for-a-queen/