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Diverse Voices is hosting FREE Suicide Intervention Training

In partnership with MindOUT, Diverse Voices is offering ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) training for LGBTQIA+ community members and their allies at no cost. Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) aims to enhance a caregiver’s abilities to help a person at risk avoid suicide. Participants learn to recognise when someone may be at risk …

Comedian Em Rusciano is back out on tour

Em Rusciano blooms in her new tour Outgrown

No matter how much she grows, Em Rusciano will always bring the diva. Raw, honest, funny and talented are just some of the words to describe Em Rusciano. The comedian has forged a career across Australian entertainment for decades. Over the past five years, she’s gone through a lot of changes; from living in “the …

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Doctors want Queensland to set up LGBTQIA+ suicide register

The Australian Medical Association Queensland has called on the state government to fund a voluntary register to allow bereaved family and friends to notify suicides in the LGBTQIA+ Sistergirl Brotherboy community. The state’s peak body for doctors made the call in a submission ahead of the state budget next month. “Members of the lesbian, gay, …

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Limited spots to join safeTALK Grafton LGBTQIA+ workshop

On May 9 2024, Lifeline North Coast will be bringing the LivingWorks safeTALK LGBTQIA+ workshop to Vines at 139 in Grafton, NSW from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. SafeTALK is a half day alertness workshop that will prepare participants to become a suicide-alert helper. Funded through LivingWorks, this workshop is particularly crucial given the higher …

Marchers for QLife at the Mardi Gras Parade in Sydney

Helpline QLife crowdfunding to cope with surge in demand

Australia’s national LGBTQIA+ support line QLife has put out a call for more funding and resources to cope with a surge in demand. Every day from 3pm to midnight, volunteer peer supporters take calls on QLife’s free and anonymous national number – 1800 184 527 – and online via webchat. The calls come from people …

QLife volunteer Colin (centre) joins 10th anniversary celebration at Parliament House in Canberra

For 10 years, QLife has helped thousands of LGBTIQ+ Aussies

Australia’s national LGBTIQ+ helpline QLife has celebrated its 10th anniversary, marking a decade of delivering peer support to thousands of community members. Every day from 3pm to midnight, volunteer peer supporters take calls on QLife’s free and anonymous national number – 1800 184 527 – and online. Between July 2022 and June 2023 alone, QLife’s …

Ben Bjarnesen is up for Queensland's Australian of the Year contender

Ben Bjarnesen among Qld’s Australian of the Year nominees

Former Queensland police officer and LGBTQIA+ domestic violence campaigner Ben Bjarnesen is a 2024 Australian of the Year Award nominee for Queensland. In July, Ben left the Queensland Police Service after 15 years. The high-profile, well-known gay police officer was regional coordinator of the QPS’ LGBTIQ+ Liaison Officer program. Ben worked on numerous initiatives to …

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When couples therapy goes wrong with Andrew Macdonald

Resident clinical psychotherapist, Andrew Macdonald chats through all the concerns you and your partner may have about couples therapy. Imagine this, you’ve convinced your partner that it’s time for you to get some couples therapy because things have been pretty rocky lately. Maybe there’s been infidelity or maybe you just aren’t connecting anymore. Conversely, maybe …

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Seeing a psychologist could change your life – here’s why

Seeing a psychologist could be one of the most life-changing things you ever do for yourself. But it’s hard to know if it’s right for you if you aren’t sure how it works. So, grab a coffee and slip into your most comfortable lemon-scented canary yellow rubber G-string worn backwards. Now, let’s do a bit …

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Lifetime Achievement Award for community stalwart Bill Rutkin

The Queensland Mental Health Commission last week presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to LGBTIQA+ community stalwart Bill Rutkin OAM. The award recognises his ‘distinguished service, significant contribution, and leadership in the alcohol and other drugs sector’. The Mental Health Commission cited Bill as proof that ‘progressive social reform is driven by the grassroots and members …

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