Val's LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care
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Greetings to everyone from Val's LGBTI Ageing & Aged Care

Half of 2020 is almost over which is really hard to fathom. It has certainly been an interesting year to date, with many challenges for all, but also some interesting opportunities for us to connect in different ways, which includes providing information and support to both providers and older LGBTI people. 

With no end of COVID-19 in sight, we'd just like to reiterate the importance of supporting our LGBTI community. We again encourage individuals, workplaces, services and programs to consider ways in which you can step-up and demonstrate to LGBTI consumers, staff, and the community more broadly that you are committed to inclusion, take a stand against discrimination, and/or provide messages of welcome to those needing assistance and care.

Over the coming months we will continue to plan, develop and provide some new resources and education opportunities that can assist in the development or consolidation of LGBTI inclusive care and support in your service. Of course this means more online content and education - we hope to provide a series of webinars as well as an online forum later in the year. So keep an eye out for these and more. We provide regular updates via social media - the COVID period has certainly enabled us to access and participate in webinars and content from all over the world - so sign up to our Facebook page for these updates and opportunities. Some of our resource development with LGBTI elders has stalled due to social distancing, however we will endeavour to move these forward once it is safe to do so.

Rainbow Health Victoria - Pride in Prevention Evidence Guide
Join Rainbow Health Victoria next Wednesday 1 July for the launch of Pride in Prevention Evidence Guide, a guide to primary prevention of family violence experienced by LGBTIQ communities. The event will be opened by Gabrielle Williams, Minister for Prevention of Family Violence, and Ro Allen, the Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, with a panel discussion of partner organisations and others well-placed to speak to developing shared vision of ending all forms of family violence. More information and to register here

As we continue to navigate COVID-19 including the ever-changing restrictions, we will adapt our interaction as needed. Until we can all meet again - face-to-face or online - stay safe and keep up the amazing work and support you provide to LGBTI elders!
Edie Mayhew
Many of you will know equality and dementia activists and advocates, and friends of Val's - Anne and Edie. We are extremely sad to say that Edie passed away this week. Our heartfelt condolences to Edie's wife Anne, and to all that Edie's life touched. Edie and Anne contributed so much to our understanding of people living with dementia, and together worked bravely and tirelessly. Edie will be sadly missed by all. This recent article, amongst many provides an overview of their more
Victorian LGBTIQ Strategy
The Victorian Government is seeking your input to develop the whole of government LGBTIQ strategy. While much has been achieved for LGBTIQ Victorians over the past few years, there is still more the community and government would like to achieve. This strategy will provide a roadmap and direction on LGBTIQ equality for years to come. This is your opportunity to contribute and also ensure the needs of older LGBTI community are represented…participate here
Gen Silent FREE
There's one last chance to view the groundbreaking film Gen Silent which is screening as part of the US Pride celebrations. This celebrated film brought international attention to the lives and experiences of LGBT elders. Screening this Sunday 28 June (check local time) this is possibly the last opportunity for a free screening for some time. Registrations closing soon and more information…here
Sunday 4PM Dance Club
This Sunday is LGBTI Digital Dance Club. We know that maintaining social connection and having fun has never been so important - Digital Dance Club is fun, free, and COVID safe. Join All the Queens Men and many others on line for Dance Club. No matter who or where you are you can shimmy on the virtual dance floor in safety each Sunday fortnight. Details & instructions are available…here
Netflix - Pride Screenings
There are some fantastic films and documentaries available that can be used for additional LGBTI awareness and education, and now is a great time to view some of these. Netflix has again brought to us a new documentary - Disclosure. Just released this documentary unpacks the representation of trans lives by Hollywood and media, and the impact of these representations. Watch the trailer here.
Homelessness - LGBTI elders
Over the past 18 months, Housing for the Aged Action Group (HAAG) has undertaken much needed research and scoping around the issues of homelessness and housing stress for older LGBTI people. More information is available here including the Joint Submission to the Inquiry into Homelessness (LGBTI) and also a recent interview on 3CR radio about the project here
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