Just a quick blog today. There are a number of events coming up that I’m involved with in some capacity or other and I thought I’d put them all together in a post for those of you who may be interested. And, yes, it’s just really all about me! All about me! But what’s a little self-promotion between friends? Please pass on to anyone else who you think may be interested.
Time to Tell: Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) Saturday April 18th 9.00-4.00: Northcote High School
VARTA is running its annual Time to Tell seminar on talking to kids about how their families were created with the help of a donor or surrogate. This year’s event is a little special for us as it’s Corin’s first public speaking engagement! He’s going to be talking about what having a donor means to him, when he first learnt about ‘Donor Dave’ and the conversations he’s had with other people since. He’s a little nervous and a lot excited. Check it out here.
The Change-Makers: Australian Equality Party (AEP) Sunday April 19th 11.00-4.00: Abbottsford Convent
This is a free event I’ve put together for anyone involved in social change, campaigning, or community organising. I’ve invited four speakers who I met last year through the Leaders’ Fellowship I undertook with the Centre for Australian Progress. They’ll be talking about digital campaigning, working with volunteers, and electoral and campaign strategy. They are all at the top of their game and great presenters. It’s free, but you need to book. Check it out here.
Working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Families Training Workshop Wednesday April 22nd 9.15-12.30: The Bouverie Centre, Brunswick
I’ll be running this workshop for service providers working with LGBT families. The aim of the session is to give service providers the knowledge and understanding to work confidently with parents and their children. The workshop explores ideas and approaches that build inclusion and ensure service provision for same-sex parents and their children is appropriate, positive and meaningful. It’s open to anyone working in the health and human services including: counselling and dispute resolution, maternal and child health, nursing and midwifery, child, adolescent and adult mental health, social work, disability, aged care, housing, youth, alcohol and other drug services, pre-school and education, family and relationships and libraries. Check it out here.
Be MAD – Make A Difference: Equality: Christine Lewis, 65MainAccomodation Thursday April 23rd 6.00-8.30: 65 Main Road, Hepburn Springs
Jason Tuazon McCheyne and I will be heading up to Hepburn to an event organised by the awesome mover and shaker, Christine Lewis of 65MainAccomodation. It’s a Bring a Bottle and a Glass (finger food provided) event and an opportunity to talk about the issues that worry/concern/anger you and what we can do about them. We’ll be talking Fairness, Human Rights and Equality over a few drinks in a lovely part of the country. No need to book, just rock up. Call Chris for more information: 0438 379 450.
Supporting bereaved parents: Stillbirth and Neonatal Deaths Society (SANDS) Monday 27th April 9.30-4.30: BassCare Centre, Canterbury
SANDS is a remarkable organisation that provides support for bereaved parents and families. This seminar is aimed at health professionals and has a particular focus on exploring diversity. I’ve been asked to speak about same-sex parents and grief and loss. This may include repeated failed attempts at donor insemination and IVF, miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, and infertility, as well as stillbirth and neonatal death. I’ll be sharing some of my personal experiences of doing multiple IVF cycles over a number of years and having an ectopic pregnancy, as well as sharing other people’s stories. For more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Modern LGBTI Family: She Speaks Northside Thursday 30th April 6.00-8.30: Francesca’s Bar, 222 High Street, Northcote
I will be sharing a panel with Georgia Weymouth Large, a wonderfully articulate first year uni student who’s grown up with two mums, and Sally Nicholes, Partner at Nicholes Family Law, who does a huge amount of work with the LGBTI community. I’ll be talking about some of the findings from my recent research for OUTspoken Families: A resource kit for rainbow families. I think it will be a fun and informative night and it’s at a great venue. Check it out here:
And while I’ve got you, if you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, you can download OUTspoken Families in its entirety – or as individual PDFs – from my this blog.
Look forward to seeing you at one of these events.