So there was a federal election here yesterday, and the results were not great. This combined with the consistent attacks on reproductive health care in the US, has left me feeling very angry and dejected today.
As always, it doesn’t do to simply wallow and hide under the covers ignoring the world until the next election, so I want to encourage each and every one of you to do whatever you can to support those who are going to be most negatively impacted by this election outcome and these extremely restrictive and life threatening bills.
This fortnight’s round up - as well as having a mix of good things, is going to focus on initiatives you can support, and tangible things you can do going forwards.
This super cute comic about the realities of recognising your own queerness later in life, and wondering Am I Queer Enough? is super real.
This definitive ranking of the Men of Game of Thrones as Sandwiches.
The wholesome news that children’s television character Arthur’s 3rd grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn is gay and that there’s an episode about his wedding!!!
Disability Advocate (and former state electoral candidate) Nicole Lee recently penned this piece for Mamamia about the ways in which disabled women are often silenced, ignored, and excluded from everyday life, activism, the conversation about domestic violence, and the “empowerment” offered by feminism to non-disabled women.
You can also see a little of her appearance on this on the ABC’s The Drum below.
Yesterday, before heading off to vote I went along with my friend Luc and his tiny human Q-Bug to see the Teeny Tiny Stevies perform at The Melba Speigeltent, and it was super fun to hear them play “kids music that doesn’t suck”, and to see so many of the kids getting down for a boogie and making new friends in the crowd.
The highlights were ‘Boss of My Own Body’, and ‘Family (Love is Love)’.
Afterwards. our own Stevie joined us and we went for Green Burgers, where I stuffed my face with Carne Asada Waffle Fries.
The Parenting Spectrum is a podcast about autism and family life.
Listeners are invited into the home of Fiona and Travis, and their son Patch as they discover what an autism diagnosis means and what happens next.
It's the podcast Fiona and Travis needed when Patch was first diagnosed.
They’ll explore issues including safety, lack of sleep, finding the right school, and how to help your child embrace their identity and prepare for adulthood.
If you have two hours up your sleeve for a deep dive pair of visual essays dedicated to the Roseanne show, then Jose’s leftist readings of both the original series and the reboot are worth settling in for.
If you’re after something way less indepth and way lower stakes, Matt Cutshall’s ‘Emo’s Not Dead’ video series warms my cold dead heart and gives life to my black little soul.
It’s really important to remember that even if you’ve never been involved in any kind of activism before, you don’t have to do it alone - in fact there are probably people in your community who’ve been involved with one cause or another for some time. It’s also really good praxis to start with something local, and to look to marginalised communities who are directly impacted by a “thing” for leadership. Amplifying others voices is always better than speaking over people with lived experience.
If sexual and reproductive health care is an issue you care about, it’s worth checking out the following organisations:
If you want to support asylum seekers and refugees to advocate for themselves:
RiSE are the only organisation founded and run by ex-detainees and refugees.
If you want to support indigenous people:
The Djab Wurrung Heritage Protection Embassy are fighting to protect their sacred trees from destruction for the expansion of a highway in western Victoria - with VicRoads set to bring in bulldozers again this week.
If you’re concerned about workers rights, or job security with penalty rates set to drop again in July:
JOIN YOUR UNION - Especially if you work in retail, hospitality, or any field where casualisation is likely to be an issue.
If you want to support the LGBTIQA+ Community:
Switchboard Victoria Inc is a community based not for profit organisation that provides a peer based, volunteer run support service for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual (LGBTIQA+) community and their allies, friends and families.
Hosting events including the Queer Formal, workshops and providing support, Minus 18 are champions for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Youth Australia Wide.
TGV is Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy. We work to achieve justice, equity and inclusive service provision for trans and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends.
Last weekend saw the horrific raid and wrongful arrest of Nik Dimopoulos outside his home above legendary Melbourne queer bookshop Hares & Hyenas, which resulted in the near loss of his arm. If you would like to support Nik and his housemates, now would be a great time to purchase something from their shop, or to attend an event.
It’s still Vascular Birthmark Awareness Month, and May 15th was International Vascular Birthmark Day. Following all my Instagram Birthmark friends posting this month has been so affirming!
If you want to follow along, check out the #PutOnYourBirthmark hashtag on Instagram.
I’m going to leave you all this week with a reminder to please check in on your loved ones - especially your loved ones from marginalised communities.
Please support them, and understand that many of us are very upset and very angry right now, so please be compassionate and kind with us.
Be prepared for many of us to feel a lot worse before things improve.
And most importantly, please be prepared to fight alongside us when we need you.
If you’re from a marginalised group, please be angry. Feel and express everything you need to get out.
None of us are alone and we’re going to do our best to get through this next term of government together.