Geraldine Fela, Sex Discrimination Act; Simon Ruth, THH, queer conversion therapy; Jessica Aasha Seka, research on sexual violence of trans women of colour and CALD backgrounds

Friday, 8 February 2019 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
The “T” in “#MeToo”, image via medium.com

Radio airplay premiere of HeartAttrack’s new single ‘Rid of Me’, a PJ Harvey cover.

 

James speaks with Geraldine Fela, organiser of February 9th rally, End discrimination against LGBTIQ teachers and students in religious schools. The rally was organised by an alliance of progressive groups, including Equality Australia, in response to a Senate Inquiry about whether the Sex Discrimination Act should be amended to prevent religious schools from discriminating against students and staff on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The rally happens this Saturday, February 9, 11:30am - 1pm. Details.



James speaks with Simon Ruth, the CEO of Thorne Harbour Health, about the Victorian Government’s Pride March announcement that it will ban conversion therapy. Simon highlighted the broad means of conversion therapy and that the Andrews Government will have to define it for the purpose of any legislation that bans it. He spoke about the poor mental and social health outcomes that conversion therapy can evoke and why some people turn to it or are forced into it by their families or communities.

Content/ trigger warning: Please be aware that this interview contains descriptions or discussions of homophobia, mental health, religion, and gay conversion therapy, that may be distressing to some listeners. If this interview raises questions or causes distress to you, contact Lifeline (13 11 14) or Switchboard Victoria (1800 184 527).



James speaks with Jessica Aasha Seka about the research she is undertaking at the University of Western Sydney about the lived experiences of sexual violence of trans women of colour and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia. This is the first time research in this specific field has been done in Australia. It will be used to assist service providers and policymakers to better respond to the experiences and needs of trans women of colour who have experienced sexual violence.

For more information, contact Jessica on 0444544289 or via email on J.Sekar@westernsydney.edu.au.

Content/ trigger warning: Please be aware that this interview contains descriptions or discussions of transphobia, queerphobia, sexual assault, and violence against trans women, that may be distressing to some listeners. If this interview raises questions or causes distress to you, contact Lifeline (13 11 14), Switchboard Victoria (1800 184 527), or 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

 

The track 'Rid of Me'performed HeartAttracks, used with permission of the artist.