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ACON works towards HIV (human immunodeficiency viruses) prevention,  support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health. Established in 1985. #ACON work to end  transmission among gay men and men who have sex with  men. They promote the lifelong health of LGBTI people and people with HIV. NSW is Australia’s most populous state, Therefore it has: The largest number of people living with HIV (around 12,000). Australia’s largest LGBTI community (estimated at 500,000). ACON head office is in Sydney. There are offices in key regional locations and we provide services throughout NSW. Therefore the NSW Ministry of Health primarily Funds ACON.

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Vanessa Wagner and ACON launch fitness class for older folk

Drag queen Vanessa Wagner and ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTQ health organisation, have launched an accessible online fitness class for older LGBTQ+ people. The hilarious Vanessa joins with Gymnastics NSW fitness guru Sheryl for the workouts. The free online program allows older people to build their own tailored exercise routine at home. In the videos, Sheryl …

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Professor Stephen Tomsen, Western Sydney University

One of the winners of the ACON President’s Award last month was Professor Stephen Tomsen of Western Sydney University. The President’s Award is presented annually at the ACON Honour Awards, this year held at the Ivy Ballroom. In 2023, ACON dedicated the President’s Award to the many people who fought for justice for victims of …

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ACON grants program supports a vibrant Pride Month for NSW

NSW can look forward to a more vibrant Pride Month this year thanks to a series of grants by the state’s leading HIV and LGBTQ+ health organisation, ACON. Designed to honour the spectrum that makes up NSW’s alphabet communities, this year’s ACON ‘Diversity Days’ grants scheme has been timed to mark the global celebration of …

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Design chosen for Sydney memorial honouring gay hate victims

ACON has unveiled the final design for Sydney’s planned Bondi memorial for victims of historical gay and transgender hate crimes. Urban Art Projects’ (UAP) design titled “Rise” (pictured) has won out of the six shortlisted designs, unveiled earlier this year. The installation honours the victims and survivors targeted in the homophobic and transphobic violence in …

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Here’s what Sydney’s memorial for gay hate crime victims could look like

ACON and Waverley Council have released shortlisted designs for the planned memorial artwork for victims of historical gay hate crimes in Sydney. The permanent memorial, in Marks Park at Tamarama south of Bondi, will honour victims and survivors targeted in homophobic and transphobic attacks in NSW across decades. From the 1970s to 1990s, attackers targeted …

The biennial survey, conducted by ACON and the University of Sydney

Young queer women report high levels psychological distress

Young LGBTIQ women in New South Wales are reporting experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress, according to new research from the periodic Sydney Women and Sexual Health Survey (SWASH) released this week. The biennial survey, conducted by ACON and the University of Sydney, collected data from nearly 1300 participants in 2018, ranging …

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NSW government funding for dedicated Sydney LGBTIQ health centre

A dedicated LGBTIQ health centre set to be established in Sydney will be the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. On Friday it was announced the New South Wales government had committed to invest up to $3.5 million into the development, which will provide healthcare, support and referral services to LGBTIQ people in …

NSW parliamentary inquiry into hate crimes against Australia’s LGBTIQ community change police and communities response to complaints and past injustices.

How NSW Inquiry Into LGBTIQ Hate Crime Could Improve Police Responses

By Andy Kaladelfos, UNSW; Bianca Fileborn, UNSW; Lisa Featherstone, UQ; Shirleene Robinson, Macquarie University, and Yorick Smaal, Griffith University Lessons learnt from a NSW parliamentary inquiry into hate crimes against Australia’s LGBTIQ community could change the way police and communities respond to complaints, and acknowledge the continued impact of past injustices. The inquiry is the …

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Memorial artwork to honour victims of gay hate violence

A Sydney council has approved and funded a permanent memorial artwork recognising the victims of gay hate violence in New South Wales. From the 1970s to 1990s, many gay men were assaulted, robbed and in some cases murdered along on a stretch of Sydney coast. Many crimes occurred along the coastal walk from Sydney’s Bondi …

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Pioneering LGBTIQ Group CAMP Inc To Be Honoured With Special Accolade

The groundbreaking work of one of Australia’s first political organisations for gay and lesbian people, CAMP Inc, will be recognised with a special award next month. The Honour Awards is an annual fundraising benefit held in Sydney which celebrates outstanding service and achievements in New South Wales’s LGBTIQ community. CAMP Inc, otherwise known as the …

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