The marriage equality postal vote explained to Chinese communities

Please share and continue talking about the importance of equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, disability etc. Source: AGMC Inc. (http://www.agmc.org.au/) English translation: 1. Chinese Values Strong Families The “Yes” vote will allow for our strong Family values to be promoted whilst a “No” vote seeks to discriminate and divide. … Continue reading The marriage equality postal vote explained to Chinese communities

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How is the marriage equality debate affecting you as an Ethnic LGBT+ Australian?

There is an unspoken tension between my parents and I in my Indian household as Australia’s postal vote on legalising same-sex marriage is delivered into our mailbox. While it is fairly recent, 1 year ago, since my parents have openly acknowledged my identity as a gay Indian woman, we have made a lot of progress … Continue reading How is the marriage equality debate affecting you as an Ethnic LGBT+ Australian?

Ethnic? CALD? POC?

In the expression of culture, language is a fundamental aspect. It is the tool that conveys traditions and values related to group identity. At the intersection of cultural and sexual identity, language becomes even more important. How we express and define ourselves shapes the way others engage with us and how we understand ourself. How then do diverse communities want to be identified?

Where are you from or Where are you a local?

I am often asked, 'Where are you from?' or 'Where are you originally from?'. With my brown skin, black hair, brown eyes and Australian-South African accent, many people are curious of my origin. How do I simply reply with one country or nation when I am 5th generation Indian South African, spent my childhood growing up in Durban, lived Indian culture in my home, lived my adolescence in rural Australia, my young adult life in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Coming out or inviting people in?

‘Coming out tends to be a really narrow way of looking at sexuality and thinking about coming into your sexuality. It tends to be a very dominant Western perspective. Inviting people in into your life reframes thinking. It is about feeling good about who you are, what you do and how you identify and how … Continue reading Coming out or inviting people in?