From Midsumma’s CEO, Karen Bryant
This week we closed applications for Midsumma Futures, our new mentoring program. We are really pleased with the huge response and range of applicants. Thanks for your interest and stay tuned as the selection process develops.
Did you know it is also International Volunteer Week (8–14 May)? The 2017 Midsumma Festival engaged 265 volunteers who contributed more than 1,900 volunteer hours over the 22 days, an amazing effort, thank you. I would also like to acknowledge those who come in and assist at other times of the year. Amy Jane who has assisted in data updates recently and our soon-to-start volunteer Amanda Edwards who will be assisting with policy updates. And of course, Alan Drummond our beloved Webdude who after 11 years continues to look after our website and the eNewsletter you are reading now.
We really can’t thank you all enough.
ENUF Images ENUF Voices Photography Contest: Closing 31 May
Snap a photograph that most represents your resilience to HIV, along with a statement of up to 50 words that describes what gives you the resilience you need to stamp out HIV stigma in your life. 1st prize $1000, 2nd prize $500, 3rd prize $250. More >>
Noel Tovey in Conversation with Fiona Patten
And then I found me is the triumphant story of Noel Tovey’s stellar career in London as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer, director and curator. Join him at Hares & Hyenas at 7pm this Friday 12 May for an intimate conversation with Fiona Patten, MLC. More >>
JOY 94.9 Radiothon 2017 is Here!
Radiothon 2017 is here, with the theme “We Still Need JOY“!
JOY 94.9 is the voice for the LGBTIQ community in Australia. Renew or sign up as a member between now and 30 June to go into the draw to win an amazing prize. More >>
Show Your Colours – IDAHOBIT 2017
We are looking forward to heading down to Fed Square next Wed 17 May with other LGBTQIA+ cultural organisations and friends to celebrate IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia), with live crosses from JOY 94.9, plenty of entertainment and a welcome from Minister of Equality, the Hon Martin Foley. Come along and visit our Midsumma stall from 11am to 2pm in Fed Square! More >>
LGBTIQ Support & Protection Services
LGBTIQ – Support & Protection Services is a new, independent non-government organisation that assists other community organisations to provide a suite of confidential and community support services. They assist clients with psychological and physical health challenges to better manage daily life challenges in a non-judgemental environment. More >>
The Queer News Shortlist
Melbourne Exhibition to Showcase Trans Artists by Jess Jones
“One of the artists featured is Nicole Miller, a sistergirl from the Tiwi Islands north of Darwin” via Star Observer
Merkel Pushes Putin on Ukraine, Gay Rights
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Vladimir Putin insisted Tuesday that there was no alternative to a stalled Ukraine peace plan as they struggled to mask deep rifts during a first meeting in Russia since 2015.” via SBS
Gender, Fashion, and Family: Generation Gaps by Jonno Revanche
“Ever since I was very young, I noticed that the feelings I was having about my identity, my body and my gender, were not being echoed by the wider culture.” via Archer Magazine
Off The Page – Queer Suburban Noir by Peter Polites
“Author and playwright Peter Polites calls his debut novel “queer suburban noir”. It’s a dedication to life in Sydney’s western suburbs, the place he calls home.” via ABC iview
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Equal Love Rally for Marriage Equality: Sat 20 May
Join thousands of others at 1pm on Saturday 20 May for the Rally and March at the State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street. More >>
‘Cabaret’ at the Athenaeum until 27 May
WILLKOMMEN, BIENVENUE, WELCOME!
A new Australian revival of one of the world’s most loved musicals and a certified smash hit that transports audiences back to the 1930’s Weimar Berlin era of sexual freedom and self-expression. More >>