The inclusion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI, Sistergirls and Brotherboys in health, well-being and suicide prevention strategies report
The report titled “Voices from the Black Rainbow: The inclusion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI, Sistergirls and Brotherboys in health, well-being and suicide prevention strategies” grapples with the damning evidence that shows Indigenous and LGBQTI communities experience much higher rates of self-harm and suicide. Surprisingly, little research about these issues among Indigenous LGBQTI people has been undertaken, until now.
Dameyon Bonson, founder of Black Rainbow and the recipient of last year’s Dr Yunupingu Award for Human Rights, has released his report, “Voices from the Black Rainbow” citing a disturbing lack of inclusion of Indigenous Lesbian Gay Bisexual Queer Trans Intersex (LGBQTI) community voices, including Indigenous Transgender people who identify as Sistergirl and Brotherboy from both Indigenous and LGBQTI suicide prevention strategies and activities. Bonson states that this lack of inclusion does not necessary come from either racism or homophobia, respectively, but ‘is part of a larger issue of unintentional heterosexism and Eurocentric privilege’.