We hope you'e all well and thriving as we step into the new year.
First and foremost, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone who joined us for the heartwarming free Queerspace breakfast on Christmas morning. We had over 250 people attend and was an amazing show of love, support and celebration. Your presence and support made the event truly special, and we're immensely grateful for the sense of community that radiated throughout the morning.
A massive shout-out goes to our extraordinary volunteers who dedicated their time and energy to make the breakfast a success. Your commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive space for the community does not go unnoticed, and we appreciate each and every one of you.
We're also thrilled to share a visual feast with you through the lens of our talented photographer, Maylei Hunt. Be sure to check out the captivating moments captured during the event by the slideshow of photos below and by following Maylei on Instagram @mayleihunt. Her artistry beautifully encapsulates the spirit of Queerspace, and we're fortunate to have her as part of our community.
We understand that the current global situation is challenging, and we urge you to prioritise self-care while actively participating in and showing solidarity for the causes close to your heart. Research indicates that playing an active role can have a positive impact, benefiting not only those you advocate for but also enhancing your mental wellbeing.
As we embark on Midsumma Carnival, the beginning of the Midsumma festival, we invite you to drop by and connect with our dedicated staff and volunteers at our stall. Your presence adds vibrancy to the festivities, and we look forward to sharing the celebration with you.
Looking ahead to January 26, we are mindful of the importance of Invasion Day and the ongoing discussions post the loss of The Voice referendum. We encourage you to join us in reflection and solidarity with indigenous folks of so-called Australia as we participate in the march. For those who want to join us and depart from our Carlton site, keep an eye on our social media channels for more details on meeting points and logistics.
Thank you again for being an integral part of Queerspace. Your continued support and engagement empower us to create a nurturing and vibrant community. Wishing you a fantastic week ahead, filled with connection, celebration, and meaningful moments.
With love and pride,
The Queerspace Team
Join the Queerspace crew at Midsumma 2024!
Find us at these events: Carnival – Sunday 21st January
Location: Alexandra Gardens
Stall at A11-12 Queerspace Drummond on Carnival map here Time: Stall open 11am-5pm
Our Queerspace LGBTIQA+ Mentoring team will be organising a small group of our mentors and mentees, and any other interested Queerspace clients or stakeholders, to meet at our stall at 2pm to enjoy the remainder of Carnival together. Come along to join, connect, and have fun!
Pride March – Sunday 4th February
Location: Fitzroy Street and Catani Gardens, St Kilda
Time: 11am-4pm Sign up here to march alongside us at Pride! Come along at 11am and look out for the Queerspace Banner!
Victoria's Pride Street Party – Sunday 11th February
Location: Gertrude St / Smith St, Fitzroy
Time: Stall open 11am-6pm
Stall location TBC
Queerspace Youth School Holiday Program
Queerspace Youth are coming together on 24 January, 4 to 7pm to make vision boards as part of our school and study holiday programming for this term. Let's hang out, get creative, and discuss our goals for 2024!
We also thought this space could be a great opportunity to get together and debrief after the holidays.
If you are between 16 to 25, and interested in this or other Queerspace Youth events, you can follow our socials for more details and sign up to be a part of Queerspace Youth here.
ReLink and ReConnect
The Pre and Post Release Team, in collaboration with Drummond Street and Elizabeth Morgan House, works towards the successful implementation of the ReLink and ReConnect program. This program is designed to support women, gender diverse individuals, and Aboriginal people who are leaving the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and Tarrengower prison.
The ReLink program is designed to help clients prepare and support their release back into the community. The team works with clients while they are in prison and provides one-on-one and group sessions covering various topics. Additionally, case workers advocate for the client while in custody as well as assisting and supporting referral processes, ensuring that clients can continue to access necessary services after they are released.
The ReConnect program is an outreach service for eligible clients who need further support once they are released back into the community. Case workers will commence working with clients before they are released and offer Day of release transport and supports. (We support ReConnect clients for a period of 3-9 months and engage in assertive outreach and advocacy to ensure our clients transitional needs are being met).
Both programs support housing applications and services, employment, mental health, and AOD services, with specialist support for Aboriginal participants through EMH and specialist supports for LGBTIQA+ through Drummond Street, Queerspace.
Our Programs are for eligible clients who are directly referred to us from the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre and Tarrengower prison.
(in)Visible at Invasion Day Rally
Our (in)Visible crew, alongside Drummond Street Services will be marching in the Melbourne CBD rally for Invasion Day, on 26 January, in solidarity with first nations folks and the ongoing effects of colonisation. Our (in)Visible program attendees are invited to march alongside us.
(In)Visible connects young queer and trans people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds through community workshops and events. If you are QTIPOC identifying and between 16 and 25, you can follow
The Minister for Equality Harriet Shing will be officially launching QHub Geelong on February 14th. This is an exciting time for folks in Geelong! We have received lots of donations from community members and local businesses to activate the drop-in space in meaningful ways.
The Community Advisory Committees are holding their first meetings this month at the hubs in Geelong and Ballarat. QHub will always be a program that is co-designed with LGBTIQA+ young people, families and community members.
QHub Ballarat is hosting a variety of drop-in activities for young people over the school holidays.
Both hubs will have a set drop-in schedule for Term 1 that will be posted soon.
Stay up to date with what’s happening at QHub by following us on Instagram @QHubGeelong @QHubBallarat.
READ ARCHER MAGAZINE ONLINE
Read Archer Magazine’s groundbreaking 18th edition – themed INCARCERATION – digitally, and save on postage costs.
This award-winning edition was guest edited by Tabitha Lean.
“There is a solidarity among those who have seen the inside of a cage that the non-criminalised will never understand,” writes Tabitha.
“When I walked out of the gates of prison, I made it my mission to dedicate my life to abolition. I wanted to use my hands to tear the system apart – brick by brick, bar by bar, word by word, policy by policy.”
Having spent almost two years in Adelaide Women’s Prison and a total of 18 months on Home Detention, Tabitha Lean uses her lived prison experience to argue that the criminal punishment system is a brutal, and too often deadly, colonial frontier for her people.