SHARING STORIES OF SEXUALITY AND GENDER

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by Jessica Matrakis

 

Same sex attracted and gender diverse young people are encouraged to join in a new project that aims to empower and celebrate our LGBTI community.

 

Participants will receive mentoring to write and illustrate their stories of sexuality and gender, to be published in an illustrated storybook titled The Telling Tree.

 

Tim Christodoulou, 19, Partnerships Manager at Minus18 Foundation, a Cremorne-based national youth organisation that supports gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth said the project would give young people “a voice and a platform to talk about the things that matter to them.”

 

Participants will receive mentoring to write and illustrate their stories of sexuality and gender, to be published in an illustrated storybook titled The Telling Tree.”

 

“The Telling Tree is all about empowering young people to share their personal stories about sexuality and gender identity,” Tim said.

 

Minus18’s Communications Manager, Marco Fink, 21, agrees – “It’s important to boost exposure of same sex attracted and gender diverse stories and showcase diversity in our community. Sharing these stories helps spread awareness and educate around what it means to be same sex attracted and gender diverse,” she said.

 

Young people are invited to submit their story idea, name and contact details by Wednesday 24 June to Gabrielle Nolan, Yarra Youth Services, on 9426 1455 or Gabrielle.Nolan@yarracity.vic.gov.au

 

The project is being run by Council’s Youth Services team in partnership with Minus18 Foundation and Drummond Street Services.

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