Landmark Indigenous suicide report paves way for LGBQTI recognition

‘This is really super fantastic, it’s the first time in history this has happened.

A FEDERAL report which has revealed the shocking rate of suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations has also been hailed as revolutionary for LGBTI people by Indigenous advocates.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention Evaluation Project (ATSISPEP) was released today as a way to address the suicide crisis in Indigenous communities as Federal Health Minister Sussan Ley, Indigenous affairs Minister Nigel Scullion and Ken Wyatt plan to attend a roundtable with Indigenous leaders and community organisations to address the issue.

via Star Observer

Closing the gap in Indigenous LGBTI mental health

In the Aboriginal community, intentional self-harm is the most common cause of death for people aged between 15 and 34.

If the risk wasn’t already high enough, it’s even more pronounced among blackfellas who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex.

When Dameyon Bonson noticed that Commonwealth funded services weren’t catering for Indigenous people at the intersection of race, sexuality, and gender, he created Black Rainbow

Seven years on, Dameyon is still advocating for better representation and the inclusion of Indigenous LGBQTI voices, but even getting a seat at the table has proved an uphill battle.

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It’s time to talk about the suicide rates of Indigenous LGBQTI people in Australia

Nobody knows exactly how many LGBTI Indigenous Australians commit suicide each year, but we know it’s a lot. A new report released last week has highlighted the urgent need to address this issue.

The report from last year’s roundtable, which was released last week, identified the following necessary objectives:

  • To ensure that the voices of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sexuality and gender diverse community are valued and present
  • To ensure ownership of the issues, the analysis and conclusions with respect to sexuality and gender diverse people
  • To ensure that new insights involving sexuality and gender diverse populations are recognised
  • To connect the voices of the sexuality and gender diverse community directly to evolving policy wherever possible and appropriate
  • To guide further development of ideas found in current reports and literature to supplement the sexuality and gender diverse populations’ concerns that emerged in the Roundtable.

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Indigenous LGBTQI suffering must be addressed, conference hears

The National Indigenous Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum has been told that more needs to be done to prevent suicide among Indigenous LGBTQI people.

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