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Inaugural Informa LGBTQI Conference announced

Inaugural Informa LGBTQI Conference announced

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 07 February 2014 15:09 Written by // Cec Busby

Australia is considered one of the most supportive and inclusive societies for LGBTQI people. But how well does perception reflect reality? A new community conference aims to discover the answer to this question, as it explores the key elements that define the past, present and future of LGBTQI Australia.

Professor Gillian Triggs from the Australian Human rights Commission will make the opening address at the Informa LGBTQI Conference which is scheduled to take place on February 24-25 at the Sheraton in Sydney.

The conference has been developed in conjunction with the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Mardi Gras.

Michael Rolik CEO of Mardi Gras commented: "Over the two days you will hear from an illustrious panel of speakers on key conference themes encompassing the history of LGBTQI communities in Australia; an exploration of the LGBTQI experience in Australian society, government and social policy, legislation and justice, health and education;, LGBTQI and the political discourse and the representation of LGBTQI stories in media and culture.”

Speakers will include Warren Talbot from the National LGBTI Health Alliance, Nicolas Parkhill (ACON), Justin Koonin (GLRL) Siri Kommedahl (Fairfax Media) Katherine Cummins (Gender Centre) Gina Wilson (past president of OII) Sally Goldner (Transgender Victoria) and many more.

Themes over the two days will include:
•    The history and contemporary contexts of LGBTQI experience in Australia
•    Examining activism - evolution of LGBTQI activism and issues that have influenced how this have evolved
•    Health - HIV, Mental Health, Aged Care , Youth health, challenges for access of health services
•    Education - access and inclusion, opportunity, bullying and discrimination
•    Representation of the LGBTQI experience in Australia's literary, arts and cultural milieus
•    Legislation, law and justice
•    Social and Government policy - examining how governments at all levels have implemented effective and supportive strategies to enable and support LGBTQI affairs
•    Sexuality, policing and criminal justice
•    Politics, media and LGBTQI issues
•    Drivers for reform and key elements in national strategy
•    Access and equity in services
•    Capacity building and governance for LGBTQI organisations
•    Engaging the LGBTQI community to expand knowledge and evidence base for best practice

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and

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