Freedom2b Brisbane Brunch

Saturday July 11th, 2015 10:00 AM

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Come join us for brunch a good company. A friendly catch up to meet people like you. LGBT people from religious backgrounds.

This is a no stress, no cruising, anonymous, friendly and safe event.

Where: Coffee Club Brisbane Square (244 – 246 George St, Brisbane CBD)
When: Sat 11 July, 10 AM

If you don’t know us, I’ll be wearing a black T-Shirt with ‘F2B’ on the bank and ‘All you need is Love’ on the front, or message us using the link above.

For those who are regulars, please be mindful that there may be people joining us who are still in the closet and might be nervous about eating with a queer group.

Freedom2b Melbourne July Meeting- Discussion Night – “Exploring Comm-Unity”

Friday July 17th, 2015 7:30 PM

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As we continue along the coming out theme,  we are pleased to have Gwen Godman facilitating a discussion exploring the Journey of Community. Such a powerful concept that not only brings people together but brings healing and a greater sense of self.

Event Location: Victorian AIDS Council Building, 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra. The entrance is at the side of the building. Just ring the door bell and we will come and let you in. We welcome you to also join us afterwards at La Porchetta, Toorak Rd South Yarra, to continue the conversation

7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information or any queries please email melbinfo@freedom2b.org or call Linda on 0430045585

Hope to see you there!!

Freedom2b Melbourne- Outer East Feast Next Week!!!

Monday July 6th, 2015 6:30 PM

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Our Melbourne chapter has grown significantly over the last five years, with people travelling long distances to attend the monthly meetings in the city. A number of people travel from the outer East, hence we have created a social f2b get together to strengthen the connections that have already been made, plus make some new ones with those that are not able to make the Melbourne meetings.These dinners are run with all the same guidelines as a regular chapter meeting, but will not have the speaker/discussion component. PLUS they are family friendly so children can attend. Up to date the nights have been well attended and we have had some great feedback, so I hope you can come along.

The details for the outer eastern f2b dinner on Monday 6th July,  6.30pm at Sofias Restaurant -99 Maroondah Highway, Croydon.

Please RSVP text or call  Gwen Godman 0499772642. Children welcome!

Freedom2b Perth: 3 July Marriage Equality – Discussion

Friday July 3rd, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Marriage Equality has been in the spotlight, with more intensity, in recent months. The question in many people’s minds is: “How does this affect me?” Some would argue that it means nothing to them, while others are passionate about the topic which has polarised many people in communities around the world.

We are particularly lucky to have a guest speaker for this month who has been involved in Law Reform for GLBTI people since 1988.

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BRIAN GREIG OAM was a founding member of the Gay Law Reform Group of WA in 1988, then established to overturn the criminal prohibitions that existed against all male homosexuality at that time.

When that was (partly) achieved in 1989, Brian remained involved in “gay rights” to help establish Gay and Lesbian equality (GALE), which then worked towards making the laws better as well as introducing anti-discrimination protections for sexuality and partnership recognition for same-sex couples. Brian was the main GALE spokesperson during the early to mid 1990’s.

In addition to this, Brian helped establish the Australian Council for Lesbian and Gay Rights (ACLGR), to bring more federal focus to law reform and the need for change in Commonwealth legislation. Brian was the WA (male) delegate to ACLGR during the 1990’s and went on several lobby trips to Canberra to meet with relevant ministers.

In May 1995, Brian was elected as a Councillor to the Town of Vincent, becoming the first openly gay person elected to public office in WA.

Joining The Australian Democrats in 1997, Brian was elected to the senate in 1999, becoming the first openly gay senator from WA and the first ever GLBTI rights advocate elected to any Australian parliament.

During his six years in federal parliament, Brian became closely (infamously!), associated with GLBTI issues and was involved in many fiery and passionate debates. This included cross examining Fred Nile in a senate committee hearing. Eventually he succeeded in changing Commonwealth superannuation laws in relation to death benefits, and was the first Federal MP to introduce same-sex marriage amendments as a way to trigger debate and expose the issue.

Brian’s first and last speeches in the senate detail and “bookend” his unique experience.

As the Australian Democrat’s spokesperson for Law and Justice, Brian was in the chamber when same-sex marriage was banned in 2004, and had responsibility for his party in speaking to the legislation and opposing it.

Brian was not successful with being re-elected in 2004 and his term ended in June 2005. Since that time Brian has been working in public relations in the private sector, as well as serving as the WA Convenor of Australian Marriage Equality.

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Brian also keeps up his education and advocacy around GLBTI issues with opinion columns in local and national media.

In 2012, Brian was awarded with Australian Honours for his work in social justice for the gay and lesbian community.

Brian and his partner Keith have been together for 29 years.

Brian’s first parliamentary speech 1999.
Brian’s farewell parliamentary speech 2004
A local article by Brian.
A national article by Brian

Please take the opportunity to invite friends and family who you think would benefit from this discussion; this is a real opportunity to have many of those questions you may have been afraid to ask, answered; as well as a real opportunity to find out how to respond to the objections that people put up to oppose, or confuse you.

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For further information please contact Graham via eMail: perth@freedom2b.org
or call Graham on: 0405 285 233 or Bev on: 0407 778 201.

For further updates join us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Freedom2bPerth

Remember to invite friends and family who you think would benefit from this discussion; this is a real opportunity to have many of those questions you may have been afraid to ask, answered; as well as a real opportunity to find out how to respond to the objections that people put up to oppose, or confuse you.

U&I

We will go to “U&I 24hr Pho restaurant” for Coffee and chat after this important discussion. U&I is located on the corner of Francis and William St in Northbridge. Even if you can’t make the meeting itself please feel free to join us for coffee.

******U&I Re-opens after refurbishment on 22 June 2015.******

The Northbridge Piazza community Centre is located on the Corner of James and Lake Streets Northbridge, underneath and behind the Giant screen in the Piazza.

freedom2b Sydney July Meeting

Friday July 3rd, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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It’s time for movie night once again, taking place at our next chapter meeting. We hope to see you along as we have something intriguing on the playlist.

We’ll be watching an amazing documentary called Love Free Or Die. Focusing on Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the episcopal church, it tell of his story to bring full acceptance for LGBTI people in the faith.

Also as we did last time, we’ll order some pizza so bring around $5 if you’d like to chip in and have some during the film.

WHEN: Friday, July 3rd 2015
TIME: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
WHERE: ACON Building, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Click on MAP for a link to the venue: MAP

After the film, you are welcome to join us for a drink at the nearby Royal Exhibition Hotel for more socialising.

EVERYONE IS WELCOME. STAY AS LITTLE OR AS LONG AS YOU LIKE.

For more information, please contact Shane on 0413374650 or email events@freedom2b.org

Freedom2b Melbourne- “Coming out as your true self” – Issues in transitioning Trans panel discussion

Friday June 19th, 2015 7:30 PM

 

trans1 Hope you can join us this month as we shine the light on the T in our LGBTI community. We are thrilled to have Toni Paynter facilitate a panel discussion on the personal experiences of transitioning. We will be joined by some wonderful people who will share with us the issues they encounter as they are “coming out as your true self”

Event Location: Victorian AIDS Council Building, 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra. The entrance is at the side of the building. Just ring the door bell and we will come and let you in. We welcome you to also join us afterwards at La Porchetta, Toorak Rd South Yarra, to continue the conversation

7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information or any queries please email melbinfo@freedom2b.org or call Linda on 0430045585

Hope to see you there!!

 

 

Perth Freedom2b: June – Guest Speaker: Misty Farquhar

Friday June 5th, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Misty Farquhar Misty

is the Manager for True Colours and the Safe Schools project based near here in Vic Park.

 What is True Colours? 

Young people have a lot going on already, but those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender, or intersex are more likely to experience discrimination and mental health

issues, particularly in rural areas. True Colours directly supports young LGBTIQ people in the South West, and also works with schools and the broader community to raise awareness and break down the barriers to safe and inclusive communities.

Individuals 

Information, support and advocacy for young people and their families, including individual support, peer groups, and referrals.

Schools 

Working collaboratively with schools to implement strategies that challenge bullying and better support LGBTIQ students. This includes professional development for teachers/other staff, student workshops, assistance with the development of policies and provision of resources.

Community 

Professional development and education on a range of topics including sexuality/sex/gender and identity, language and labels, impacts of discrimination and creating LGBTIQ friendly services and supports.

Get Involved 

To support True Colours or to help us expand the reach of our work call 1300 663 298 or email truecolours@unitingcarewest.org.au 

True Colours receives no government funding.

We look forward to hearing all that Misty has to share with us at this meeting and hope as many F2b’ers as possible will attend to show their support for this very important project.

Please come along and give Misty a great welcome.

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For further information please contact Graham via eMail: perth@freedom2b.org
or call Graham on: 0405 285 233 or Bev on: 0407 778 201.

For further updates join us on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Freedom2bPerth

Remember to invite friends and family who you think would benefit from this presentation.

U&I

We will go to “U&I 24hr Pho restaurant” for Coffee and chat after the film. U&I is located on the corner of Francis and William St in Northbridge. Even if you can’t make the meeting itself please feel free to join us for coffee.

The Northbridge Piazza community Centre is located on the Corner of James and Lake Streets Northbridge, underneath and behind the Giant screen in the Piazza.

 

 

Freedom2b Sydney – June Meeting

Friday June 5th, 2015 7:00 PM

Brad Jones - Freedom2bFrom Adversity to Acceptance to Advocacy

For our June meeting, we will be joined by Brad Jones who will share the challenge and reward of his journey. When asked to give us a description of his talk, this is what he said:

“The more I find out, the less I know”

Brad is a one-man bearded freak show whose life has taken many unusual twists and turns. His education is piecemeal, his part-time job unremarkable. On Sundays he hangs out with a bunch of other misfits at a daggy building in Maroubra- Hope Uniting Church. Together, they muddle towards the goal of being faithful disciples of Jesus in their local community. In his down time, Brad loves to run, bodysurf, camp, ski, play soccer, watch Aussie rules, and just about anything else involving nature and exercise.

WHEN: Friday, June 5th 2015

TIME: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start

WHERE: ACON Building, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Click on MAP for a link to the location: MAP

After the discussion, you are welcome to join us for a drink or dinner at the nearby Royal Exhibition Hotel.

We respect anonymity and what is said in the room remains in the room. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. STAY AS LITTLE OR AS LONG AS YOU LIKE.

For more information, please contact Ben on 0421 278 603 or email ben@freedom2b.org

Freedom2b Melbourne May Meeting- Discussion “Exploring the Road Blocks to Freedom”

Friday May 15th, 2015 7:30 PM

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Our May meeting will continue with the “Coming Out” theme.  We will be screening a short video which touches on bible verses aka  ”Clobber texts” and also talks about the attitude of the church in regards to homosexuality……the obstacles that keep us from “coming out” and living in fear. Join us as we explore those tricky questions and discover ways in which to better equip ourselves to break through the road blocks to freedom!

Event Location: Victorian AIDS Council Building, 6 Claremont Street, South Yarra. The entrance is at the side of the building. Just ring the door bell and we will come and let you in. We welcome you to also join us afterwards at La Porchetta, Toorak Rd South Yarra, to continue the conversation

7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. For more information or any queries please email melbinfo@freedom2b.org or call Linda on 0430045585

Hope to see you there!!

freedom2b Sydney May Meeting

Friday May 1st, 2015 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

imageComing Out 101

Borrowing from our Melbourne Chapter, who tackled this topic a couple of weeks back, we are holding a discussion on “Coming Out 101″ for our Sydney Chapter meeting in May.

We are all at different stages on the “Coming Out” Journey.   Some are just making tentative steps; some have walked all the way. But sharing our experience, our observations, our regrets, our success is so helpful to everyone.

WHEN: Friday, May 1st 2015
TIME: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
WHERE: ACON Building, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

Click on MAP for a link to the location: MAP

After the discussion, you are welcome to join us for a drink or dinner at the nearby Royal Exhibition Hotel.

We respect anonymity and what is said in the room remains in the room. EVERYONE IS WELCOME. STAY AS LITTLE OR AS LONG AS YOU LIKE.

For more information, please contact Shane on 0413374650 or email events@freedom2b.org