Catherine: Thanks to Matthew Wade from the Star Observer for a fantastic issue on LGBTI Elders. I was also delighted to be invited to be a guest editor and to write about LGBTI people’s experiences of Elder Abuse. The piece I wrote included the story of Nancy, a Trans woman …. and one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. You can read the story here.
Catherine: We have had so much positive feedback about the Beautiful Women Campaign. Well done BreastScreen Victoria. This included one of the participants who sent us an email from her friend of 18 years, living in the UK. The email read:
“Hiya …!! I wanted to share this with you – a friend of mine has recently come out as a lesbian and was really struggling with where to go from that point, and with people accepting her. She called me yesterday, in great excitement, to tell me that she’d found something that really cheered her up: a photography project all the way from Melbourne of LGBT women – and lo and behold, who’s the first picture? I was able to delightedly tell her, “That’s my friend Barb!!” She wanted me to tell you that seeing you (and all the other women) gave her a massive boost.”
We love that The Beautiful Women Campaign is sending the message to LGBTI women that they are valued.
Congratulations to Jill Bolen and Brian Day for their presentation at the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland. Great feedback about the presentation and a write up in the Brisbane Times blog as follows:
“Gay men are more likely to experience poverty that straight men, according to Australian gay rights activist Brian Day. Under the sanctuary of shade on the fourth day of the festival, Mr Day and LGBTI spokeswoman Jill Bolen spoke to an attentive crowd about the hardships of being in the LGBTI community. Mr Day said the stereotype that gay men were inner city yuppies living the dream did not reflect reality. He blamed higher poverty rates amongst gay men on an inability for them to excel in their careers due to discrimination. He said that since he told people he was gay in 1968 he found it harder to get a job in his area of expertise. “Our poverty goes under the radar,” he said.”
Well done on challenging stereotypes about gay men. There is also data on LBTI folk more broadly experiencing poverty.
Today we launched Beautiful Women, a Campaign celebrating the beauty of LGBTI women. The Campaign recognises the diversity of beauty and the contributions LGBTI women have made in challenging narrow definitions of female beauty. Beauty is presented as ‘beyond skin’ to a sense of pride in who we are. The Campaign, which is led by BreastScreen Victoria kicks off with a photographic exhibition for Midsumma Festival showcasing photographs of LGBTI women by photographer Lisa White (thesocialphotographer.com.au). Beyond the gender binary the photographs explore the power of LGBTI women and the diverse characteristics of their beauty. For the past 7 years BreastScreen Victoria have been working to ensure their services are LGBTI inclusive (see breastscreen.org.au).