Healing from Homophobia #BlackRainbow Workshops

Dear all,

I hope this finds you well.

In May on this year I am attending the United Nations Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues to raise awareness of the issues and high suicide rates of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI community.

Before that time and after, I have been funded by the Healing Foundation to run a series of half day (3 hours) workshops in which I use a decolonising framework to understand sexuality and gender expression. These workshops I also use for Aboriginal LGBTI people to also heal from homophobia, both internally and externally.

There are two groups I hope to engage with separately, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that identify as LGBTI and their families and communities. I have completed workshops in Qld, Townsville and up in the Cape (NPA).

I am looking to run workshops in the Northern Territory and Western Australia up to June of this year.

The Workshops:

Using a decolonisation methodology to heal from colonial homophobia. This project will use the six stages of decolonisation as defined by Muller (2014), Rediscovery and Recovery, Mourning, Healing/Forgiveness, Dreaming, Commitment, and Action, to grow a greater understanding of sexualities and genders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The terms ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender’ are presupposed counterfeit descriptors that misconstrue pre-settler colonial Indigenous gender variance, expression and diverse sexualities. These conversational workshops will explore the idea of “Neo-Cultural Gender Expression and Identity” as a dynamic part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural evolution. They are intended to assist with understanding of LGBTphobia based trauma, and the loss and grief of identity experienced because of this.

Participants will be better able to:

· To heal from colonial enforced external and internalised LGBTphobia

· Work towards identifying their own trauma, grief and loss of identity as sexuality diverse people and/or with multiple genders

· Connect with how diversity sexualities and gender diversity existed in pre-settler societies

· Feel empowered to work toward healing for themselves, their family and their community from LGBTphobia.

· Gain a better understanding of the traumatic effect of homophobia has on their identity and those of family members.

· Report they feel more comfortable discussing their experiences with friends, families and in community

· Able to identify support people and support services for dealing with own trauma, grief and loss experienced by LGBTphobia

· Families and communities report a preparedness to use support people and services to deal with their own (and their family’s) experiences of trauma, loss and grief due to LGBTphobia

Due to cultural senstifitives these workshops are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples only

For interested parties please email info@blackrainbowlivingwell.com