Safe Schools Tasmania, in partnership with the Department of Education's Professional Learning Institute (PLI), is presenting a series of workshops for Tasmanian teachers and support staff to develop their skills and confidence in providing safe and inclusive spaces for LGBTI members of their school communities.
The first workshop, targeted towards teachers and titled Facilitating Inclusion: How to start and sustain a LGBTIQ and allies group at school, looks into how diversity groups contribute to making schools safer for all students, but in particular LGBTI students. Students who have a diversity group at their school report lower levels of victimisation and harassment, and greater feeling of safety and belonging. Click on the workshop title for more information or to register.
The second series of workshops is targeted more towards school psychologists, social workers, and nurses who play a critical role in addressing the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ students, and families. Titled “It’s Just A Phase”: LGBTIQ students and families support needs in schools, this workshop is intended to build confidence and awareness in the use of inclusive language and practices that will contribute to creating a more positive school experience through reducing isolation.
If you teach in Tasmania, or support students in Tasmanian schools, these workshops will give you some valuable knowledge and skills that you won't get anywhere else. Please follow the link (in the workshop titles) to find out more and to register.
Working It Out wishes all our service users, friends, members and supporters all the best over this festive season.
Our northern and southern offices will close at 3:30pm on December 23rd and re-open at 9am on January 3rd.
Working It Out Membership
If you've ever thought about becoming a financial member of Working It Out Inc, it's now much easier to take the first step! In the side bar you will find a membership application form. From there it's as easy as 1-2-3:
- Fill in your details and click on Submit. (Be sure to read the information on the Membership page first.)
- Your application will be taken to the next monthly board meeting for approval.
- Following approval you will receive an email with instructions about payment.
So join us today, and know that your money is going towards supporting the work that we do with, and on behalf of, LGBTI Tasmanians and their families and carers. You will also receive emails when important events are happening, and be the first to see our newsletters when they're produced.
Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honours the memory of those whose lives that were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. On TDOR we remember the transgender, non-binary and gender diverse people who have died because of violence across the globe.
For Transgender Day of Remembrance we stand in solidarity with our trans, non-binary, and gender diverse communities.
The Phones are working!
You may have heard some whooping and cheering from our office at 278 Argyle St, North Hobart recently... That was us celebrating the reconnection of our phones! We are now available on 6231 1200 should you wish to call us about support, information, professional learning, or advice. We look forward to speaking with you soon!
To open the beginning of any Working It Out meeting or event there is an acknowledgement of country and the custodians of the land on which we meet. This is followed by honouring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people who have worked to make this a safer place for LGBTI people, young and elderly and everywhere in between and their friends and families. We also ask that people be respectful of all people, remembering the hurt and pain they may still experience as a result of discrimination.
With this in mind, many of us are thinking about the possibility of a plebiscite in relation to marriage equality. I am also thinking of those whose long long struggles have resulted in what may seem to some as strong views, unreasonable demands or a lack of respectful communication skills. We must remember that some people have had to fight every week for equitable education for their child, equitable access to health care and respect within the justice system.
These people who have had to fight all their lives to make this an inclusive society may be exhausted, saddened and angry. Our task is to stand by these people and show them that there are many who care and understand and support them and that we are grateful for their work and we are proud of them.
Should we be made to have a plebiscite, show that you demand respectful debate of others and you will be respectful in everything you say. Wear a Burgundy ribbon to honour respectful dialogue leading up to the vote and after.
Ribbons are available from Working It Out or please make your own!
278 Argyle Street
Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Training
Over the past two and a half years WIO has been delivering the Federally funded LGBTI Aged Care Training program across the state. As we draw to the end of this round of funding, please contact Sue at WIO (email@example.com) ASAP to arrange training for your aged care service provider.
Safe Schools Coalition is now here in Tassie
Safe Schools Coalition Australia now has a Tasmanian partner! Working It Out, Tasmania’s gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service is the fifth state/territory to join the Safe Schools Coalition National along with Victoria, NSW, SA and the ACT. In partnership with WIO, schools across Tasmania will now have further access to training, education and resources to support a whole of school approach to providing an inclusive school community.
The Safe Schools Coalition Working It Out partnership provides over 16 years of experience in developing and investing in Tasmanian primary, secondary and college communities, but also builds on existing relationships with the Tasmanian education sector in order to ensure sustainability of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia (SSCA) program in Tasmania.
We are very excited to have engaged two highly skilled and motivated Safe School Project Officers to work on the program. Xris Reardon is based in the WIO Hobart office and Dean Mundey is in the North and covering the North and Northwest.
The Project Officers, and the other team members of WIO participated in Safe Schools Victoria training in March with several school chaplains, and key representatives from the Tasmania Department of Education. Please contact Dean in the north and Xris in the South if you would like to know more.
Dean Mundey works on Thursdays and Fridays and his number is 0428 983 977
And Xris Reardon works on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and their number is 0409 828 705
Being Proud: Individual journeys, shared stories
A project for Tasmanian parents & carers of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex students.
In December 2014 two parents from interstate and several parents from Tasmania visited Hobart, Deloraine, Burnie and Launceston to tell their stories. They have worked hard to give their children the best possible support to be themselves.
Elaine, the proud mum of a young trans woman and Lisa the proud mum of a young trans man talked of the value of a parents support group in NSW, a group they have been a part of for some time now and it has been invaluable for them. They welcomed the opportunity to share their experiences and what they have learnt along the way.
Els, a 66 year old Dutch/New Zealand/Tasmanian woman, married to Peter, mother to a straight daughter, Naida, a gay son, Nick and grandmother to 10 month old Jack spoke to 3 Hobart audiences about the support she received from PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays). Els also spoke about becoming active in PFLAG and gay rights and the impact that still has for her.
In Launceston mother Rose spoke of her son Rick and his coming out story and her journey with him. Each workshop session was quite unique with many contributions from those who attended. WIO will now work towards the establishment of a parent support network in 2015. We would like to hear form any family members who are interested in being involved.
This is a project to engage school parent associations and community houses in challenging prejudice and discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation and intersex status in school communities. If you are interested in hearing from these parents of LGBTI students please come to one of the sessions or call us if you would like to know more.
We’ll also have useful books, resources and websites! If you would like to know more please ring Susan during office hours on 6231 1200.
The Examiner also published an article about the visits. You can read the full article here.
Welcome to Working It Out Inc
WIO is a unique organisation in Australia providing a specialist service to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people and their families across Tasmania. We are proud of our reputation as an inclusive, community driven organisation respected by our members and other key stakeholders. WIO has the capacity, resources and desire to achieve our strategic goals. WIO has played a key role in identifying the nexus between suicide prevention and the importance of embracing diversity. WIO provides services designed to meet the needs of people negotiating their gender, sexuality and or intersex status through:
Individual counselling and/or support;
Student education and support in schools;
Training in workplaces;
Policy development with government agencies;
Partnership projects with mainstream services; and
Partnership projects with LGBTI organisations.
WIO is valued for its commitment to engage with individuals, and their families and friends, as well as service providers, educational institutions and employers in an empathetic way. WIO understands its target group, and LGBTI communities more widely and is inclusive of all 5 communities: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex. WIO reflects a sophisticated understanding of LGBTI community members’ culture, experiences and needs.
Tasmania's specialist service for sexuality, gender and intersex status support and education, recognised for our experience and expertise.
To build individual resilience, community capacity and a more just society.
Supporting Working It Out
You can support the organisation by becoming a member, nominating to sit on the Committee of Managament or donating to the organisation. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.