New gender and sexuality commissioner to fight LGBTI discrimination

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LGBTI Education

Helping transgender people keep jobs will be a top priority for Victoria's first gender and sexuality commissioner.

The state government has announced Rowena Allen's appointment to "champion the rights" of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Victorians.

Only 5 per cent of transgender people kept their jobs after changing gender, Ms Allen said. "I'm looking forward to increasing that number," she said, adding that she planned to work with company boards to create workplace policies and cultures to help transgender people retain their jobs.

Ms Allen said she expected the profile of her new position would encourage more people to come forward with complaints of discrimination, and that she would work with the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission when complaints were made.

Read more: theage.com.au

 

SHFPACT Schools Disability Program

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Health Training for Doctors

SHFPACT’s Schools Disability Program is once again up and running.

Amy Duncan, SHFPACT’s new Community Education and Health Promotion Officer, is now coordinating and delivering the program.  Amy has a background in Early Childhood Education, and has significant experience working with young children with disabilities and their families.

The program offers both individual and group support to students and young people in a way that supports holistic learning and understanding in the areas of:

  • Relationship building
  • Puberty
  • Sexuality education, and
  • Social safety

The Schools Disability Program provides ongoing support to both teachers and families in delivering education to children that is tailored to their specific needs.  Amy is also available to design and facilitate parent information sessions and teacher education. 

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Amy at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dealing with uncomfortable sexual fantasies

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Sexual Fantasies

It was not your average ask. They'd been together for years, but this came as a shocking surprise. They had a rocking sex life, built on mutual trust, affection and respect for one another, and they'd explored all manner of things together. But during the deep recesses of one wild night, she asked him to do something to her that sent shivers down his spine in the worst kind of way. With a few simple words, she turned him off almost instantly, and broke a dream that had been so beautiful. While she was lying naked, beneath him, his confident, loving, smart, thirty-something, long-term partner asked him, "rape me?"

"I recoiled in what I guess was horror," he wrote, in an email asking me to write to readers for answers.

"How could I possibly 'rape' the woman I loved?"

He describes her reaction to his inaction. She tried to smooth it over with hurried 'don't worry about it darling' dismissals. She tried to bring him back to the wonderful world they'd been playing in moments before. "Forget I said it – it doesn't matter, come here… kiss me…"

But he couldn't. He couldn't kiss the woman he loved because he felt she had asked him to hurt her in the deepest possible way. And though he didn't – and wouldn't – do it, he felt that she, at some level, thought he would. And that would mean he was a monster.

Did she really think he was a monster?

"As soon as you say 'rape', you're talking about something altogether different to love and sex. You're talking about something that is a crime. It is a most vile act. It's an abuse. It's offensive, and it is not something you would do to anyone, let alone someone you cared for more than anyone. I couldn't understand why she wanted me to do that, and I couldn't do the next thing she asked: Forget it."

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au

 

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