What is Rainbow Valley?
Rainbow Valley is a space that is open to all young people (aged 12-25) who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender-diverse, intersex, non-binary and queer (LGBTIQA+) or are questioning, curious or exploring their gender identity, sexual orientation and/or attractions.
Rainbow Valley is a welcoming, safe social group for young people to hang out, create events, support each other and express who they are.
Yoo hoo, <<First Name>> 👋
Happy tail end of Bi Visibility Week to all our fav friendly neighbourhood bisexuals! Here is a lovely illustration by @courtneyahndesign setting the record bi, I mean, "straight":
Read on to hear about our latest Rainbow Valley and what you can expect over the next month.
What did we get up to at Rainbow Valley this month?
Before diving into a collection of short films created by and for queer communities, we acknowledged country and thought about the long history of storytelling in First Nations communities which was interrupted and at times strongly and violently discouraged throughout the ongoing process of colonisation. We took a moment to reflect on the persistence and resilience of queer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers such as: Noel Tovey, Enoch Mailangi, Zach Penrith-Puchalski, Nayuka Gorrie and Tarneen Onus Williams.
Tying in with the 'film' theme of the week, we shared snippets from the most iconic scenes we’d feature in our own life biopics, which included:
- Celebrating in the streets of Melbourne for Pride with their partner as two cuties with a shared experience of being neurodiverse and queer
- Montage of reading books, holding creative events for queer young people, teaching them art and supporting them through other aspects of their lives
- Hopping on the first plane outta here and going on an overseas adventure
- Standing on the steps of parliament flanked with family on one side, friends on the other as Prime Minister
- Another montage of scenes from watching their adorable newly adopted pup growing up
We then went on to watch an assortment of incredibly sweet and heart-warming short films which explored themes like: queer parenthood and gender-free child raising; coming out as a person with a relationship to their religion; and foregoing some of your big dreams to financially support your family.
When’s the next Rainbow Valley?
Next Rainbow Valley will be held online
When: Last Friday of the month – 29th October 2021. 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Where: Register for Zoom link.
If you’re interested in coming along, please send me an email reply or a text to 0408 110 487. I’ll get in touch again with another reminder a little closer to the date.
Heads up! We’re plotting n scheming to make our next Rainbow Valley a spooky Halloween themed home cook-a-long so Mon will probably be getting in touch with people to get some ideas on something we can cook up together.
from the Valley Youth team
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
Valley Youth presents: Transomatics online practice
This school holidays, join Sumarlinah for a free online session of transomatics: practice by and for trans and gender nonconforming folks that aims to provide some space and time for you to gently explore your relationship to your body.
This 60-minute online practice invites trans and gender nonconforming folks to move through guided explorations of the body through breathing, movement and still shapes.
When: Saturday 2nd October, 2021.
What time: 2.00pm-3.00pm
Where: Online. Zoom link to be circulated to registered attendees only.
More information and tickets here.
Creative Journalling Workshop
Join us for a creative journaling workshop with Gems Zine! In this fun and relaxed workshop they'll guide you through creative ways to fill your journal pages. The workshop is for young people aged 12-25 and will take place on Monday 27th September from 2pm - 4pm at the Sam Merrifield Library (online if restrictions don’t permit). Book your spot here.
Snazzy Creators Society
The Snazzy Creators Society is a creative drop-in space for LGBTQIA+ young people and their allies! Meeting fortnightly on Thursdays (the next one is Thursday 30 September!) and planned by young people from our very own Rainbow Valley. Fill out the form here to sign up.
Brimbank Youth Services queer youth group, Crystal Queer, is back up and running online. They are working on creating events that are for and by young queer communities, with the first event planned for December.
- Online sessions are currently being held every week on a Thursday.
- If you want more information, reach out to Jacob Tiauli (he/they) at JacobT@brimbank.vic.gov.au
Strange days 2021 Writing Award
Explore your creativity and craft by writing a 1500-word non-fiction essay to the theme of Strange Days. The winner will be awarded $500 prize money and publication on the library website.
Entries will be judged by award-winning author Helen Garner. Be brave and submit your work! Entries open Monday 20 September 2021 and close Sunday 14 November 2021, with all entries to be submitted online at http://bit.ly/StrangeDaysMVL
National Carers' Week 2021 (10-16 October)
Little Dreamers is Australia's leading Young Carer organisation, supporting young people who provide unpaid care for a family member with a disability, illness or addiction. They are celebrating the upcoming National Carers' week with a slew of events: panels, talent shows and a virtual trivia night. Find out more and sign up to these events here.
to keep in your back pocket
Supporting, empowering & amplifying Autistic-LGBTIQA+ young people's voices
Did you know that worldwide studies show that 70% of Autistic people identify as LGBTIQA+, with 40% identifying as Trans & Gender Diverse?
The I Can Network, has developed these excellent Tip Sheets for Autistic & LGBTIQA+ young people and those who support them. Developed with the input of 70+ Autistic & Queer young people, and led by Autistic & Queer advocate Sam Rose (they/them), there are 3 tip sheets in the series – one for Young People, one for grown-ups, and one for service providers. Check them out!
COVID-19 Vaccine Resources for Young People
Young people play an important role in education and empowering our families, friends and wider community on the vaccine rollout. Vaccine conversations can go so many different ways, but that doesn't have to be a barrier!
That's why YACVic have put together a comprehensive guide to help you confidently talk through vaccine hesitancy with your family and friends 💉 Find out more here or check out or other vaccine resources