Sobar: Not so straight up

REDUCING ALCOHOL RELATED HARM IN LGBTIQ+ COMMUNITIES

Sobar – Not so straight up is a health promotion campaign of the AIDS Action Council (the Council) that reframes the conversation around alcohol in LGBTIQ+ communities in the ACT with the aim of reducing alcohol related harm. The program is supported by the ACT Government under the ACT Health Promotion Grants Program.

Over two years, the program will work with LGBTIQ+ community members to increase awareness of the health and wellbeing impacts of harmful drinking and challenge social norms that influence risky drinking behaviours and alcohol culture. People at risk of alcohol related harm will be supported to access treatment and self-help options through the use of peer navigators. DRAFT Sobar CBRFairDay 1080x1080

“We are proud to support this vitally important program that addresses the higher rates of alcohol and other drug use among LGBTIQ+ populations” ACT Health Minister, Rachel Stephen-Smith said. “Targeted messaging and settings-based supports for LGBTIQ+ communities are unique features of this program and I’m looking forward to seeing the positive impact it will have in the LGBTIQ+ community.”

The Council’s Executive Director, Philippa Moss said “CBR Fair Day on 2 November will see the launch of Sobar, a pop up sober bar and a first for an Australian pride event. Sobar attendees with have the opportunity to sample non-alcoholic beverages from CBR Fair Day sponsors. Sobar will be the first of many community activities as part of this exciting initiative”

“Sobar attendees will be asked to complete a brief survey to help us understand baseline drinking habit in LGBTIQ+ communities. The results from the survey will shape the design of a targeted social media campaign and respondents will have the opportunity to be part of a community reference group that will guide future stages of the project.”

The program will be supported by a number of sober curious events and activities that will give LGBTIQ+ Canberrans the opportunity amplify the buzz of socialising sober and make new and meaningful connections.

LGBTIQ+ awareness and inclusivity training will be offered to services working in the space to increase their capacity to meet the needs of LGBTIQ+ Canberrans seeking support for alcohol related issues.

CBR Fair Day will be held at Gorman Arts Centre on Saturday 2 November from 11am – 4pm.

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 Although most LGBTIQ Australians live healthy and happy lives, research has demonstrated that a disproportionate number of people in the LGBTIQ community experience poorer mental health outcomes and have higher risk of suicidal behaviours than their peers. Specifically, LGBTIQ populations have a heightened risk of mental health diagnosis, psychological distress, self‐harm, suicide ideation, and suicide attempts. Snapshot of Mental Health and Suicide

Prevention Statistics for LGBTI People, prepared by the National LGBTI Health Alliance, provides an overview of what evidence is currently available on the mental health outcomes of LGBTIQ people in Australia Historically LGBTIQ populations have been relatively invisible in mental health and suicide prevention strategies, policies and frameworks, and thus excluded from project and programmes responses.  

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Encampment Report, 2018

In mid-April of 2018 at Peakgrove Solutions, a beautiful bush site on the Yass River, the AIDS Action Council hosted a weekend camp for a creative and diverse group of young queer, transgender and gender diverse people.

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World AIDS Day at the AIDS Garden of Reflection

 

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World AIDS Day is an annual event held on 1 December to raise awareness about people living with HIV and to promote HIV prevention and education. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. World AIDS Day is recognised and observed by millions of people in more than 190 countries around the world as a day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS.

 There were 963 new HIV diagnoses in Australia in 2017. While this is the lowest number of diagnoses since 2010, we still need to focus our efforts on making sure this downward trend continues.

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AGM 2018: recap

On Wednesday 28 November the Council held its Annual General Meeting.  As always this event included the Peter Rowland Memorial Address, the Council’s Awards and the election of the Board.

The Council’s newest Fabulous (Life) Members were our patron John Mackay and passionate supporter and critical friend Danny Ryding.  The President’s Award was given to longtime volunteer Pat McEwan and the Communications Award to Jacob White the driving force behind Yes!Fest and Jules Kim, CEO of Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association. Sue Driscoll was awarded the community award and Dr Mike Seah the David Widdup Award.

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Sponsor Spotlight: Flight Centre Australia CBR!

One of the things we love so much about hosting Fair Day is being able to connect Canberra's LGBTIQ communities with organisations and businesses that share and celebrate their values. Fair Day is about discovering new things, not just for members of the public but for Council staff and volunteers too. We sat down with one of our Supporting Sponsors, Flight Centre, to find out why Fair Day and Canberra's LGBTIQ communities mean so much to them.

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Find out more about PwC, one of our fabulous CBR Fair Day sponsors.

One of the things we love so much about hosting Fair Day is being able to connect Canberra's LGBTIQ communities with organisations and businesses that share and celebrate their values. Fair Day is about discovering new things, not just for members of the public but for Council staff and volunteers too. We asked one of our Major Sponsors, PWC, why Fair Day and Canberra's LGBTIQ communities mean so much to them. Here’s what they said:

It’s easy to say our personal lives shouldn’t affect our work. But in reality, they do. 

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