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Black Rainbow aims to identify and address the socioenvironmental factors affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI people. These factors and their impact are unknown. However,  the evidence available regarding racism and homophobia and their links to mental health issues and deaths by suicide is alarming. The nuanced intersections of our Indignity and diverse genders and sexuality require further investigation.

The Black Rainbow Living Foundation will implement an innovative model, called the Living Protocol, which doesn’t look to the individual in need of fixing nor simple a reactive measure, but rather the environment in which we live and work.

The Black Rainbow Living Foundation will take part in a community and public education events;  provide community presentations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI consultations and awareness campaigns.

The Black Rainbow Living Foundation will also develop and pull together reports and information.

The Black Rainbow Foundation aims to address gaps in the also exists to advocate for the human rights of Indigenous LGBT people in the criminal justice system, and to address gaps in the services available to them. We aim to work alongside Indigenous LGBT people in prison in determining the best way to fulfil this role.

The key objectives of The Black Rainbow Suicide Prevention and Living Foundation:

  • To provide the highest level of social, cultural and mental health support and agency to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who identify as LGBTI
  • To ensure that comprehensive, culturally responsive personal and public health services are available and accessible to Indigenous people who identify as LGBTI.
  • To increase knowledge and awareness of issues related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI people.
  • To create Health Promotion materials that are inclusive and raise awareness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI community.
  • To work collaboratively to prevent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI in our community.
  • To work collaboratively to respond to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI in an effective and timely manner.
  • To mobilize the community and build capacity to deal with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI and other tragic events.

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TITLE : Decolonisation of Desire : The dangerous nostalgia for a lost moment of origin.

SUB TITLE : Decolonisation and Neo-Cultural Gender Expression and Identity

Within Indigenous Australian cultures the discourse on sexuality and gender outside of western constraints is extremely limited. When sexuality is discussed it is more often than not in the registers of pathology that in turn speaks to a heterocentric discourse. This session will use a six stages of decolonisation process, by Dr Lorraine Muller, as a response to the cultural challenges and to identify strengths in Indigenous *LGBT people. LGBQT is presupposed as counterfeit descriptor that misconstrues pre-settler colonial Indigenous gender variance and diverse sexualities. This session will explore the idea of “Neo-Cultural Gender Expression and Identity” as a dynamic part of our cultural evolution.

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