The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI community—whose members are undeniably at the highest risk of suicide, self-harm, alcohol and other drug self medication—has not attracted the attention of the wider mental health and suicide prevention sector, and our communities. Homophobia is a significant determinant of our health. Using a decolonisation methodology to heal from colonial homophobia. The Healing from Homophobia Workshop uses the six stages of decolonisation[i].
These stages are used to develop and enhance a greater understanding of the diverse sexualities and genders in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The terms ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Transgender’ are acknowledged to be counterfeit descriptors of pre-settler Indigenous gender variance, expression and sexualities. This workshop explores the idea of ‘Neo-Cultural Gender Expression and Identity’ as a dynamic part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural evolution; assisting with understanding of homophobia-based trauma, and the loss and grief of identity experienced because of this.
Participants attending will be better able to:
These workshops have been delivered across the Northern Regions of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland with funding from the Healing Foundation.