Western Sydney Rainbow Connection

Nepean Blue Mountains and Western Sydney LHDs.

Listening, Action and Outcomes

About us.

LGBTQIA+ network in Penrith – servicing the Nepean Blue Mountains and Western Sydney LHDs.

An LGBTQIA+ inclusive steering committee whose primary purpose is to help service the LGBTQIA+ community and it’s allies by listening to their needs, and incorporating these needs into our respective organisations.

Meeting Details.

Our meetings are online once a month. Meeting minutes and agendas are sent out and regular updates and opportunities are shared over email amoungst network members.

How to join our network.

To join our network drop an email to Network Chair: Pratibha Singh via email on pratibha.singh@parramattamission.org.au.

Our events.

Check out our events below – or visit all the network events page to what’s happening out and about, on and offline in our Western Sydney LGBTIQ community.

WSRC Writing Competition 2021

12:00 am

Hosted by: Western Sydney Rainbow Connection

WSRC Writing Competition is looking for Western Sydney based writers to submit their original stories or poems around the theme: What’s it like living in Western Sydney? Writers are encouraged to write about what it looks like to live in Western Sydney, perhaps the feeling of connections or the lack thereof.

Location: Online Submission

Contact:pratibha.singh@parramattamission.org.au

Speaker Series – ‘Queer & Coming of Age’

9:30 am

Hosted by: Western Sydney Rainbow Connection Network

Miranda Aguilar is a proud, queer, Filipinx writer, creative producer and community arts worker. They’re passionate about working with young people and providing inclusive, accessible pathways for people to tell their own stories. They write scripts and stories for soft-spoken brown weirdoes, spicy gay nerds and hopeful pessimists. Their first play, Let Me Know When You Come Home is a coming of age story about growing up queer in Western Sydney. It premiered with the National Theatre of Parramatta, in association with CuriousWorks, at Riverside Theatres in March 2021” Additionally, Irene O’Neill of Penrith Pride Place outlines the development and significance of the Inclusive Drop-in Space for LGBTIQA+ Young People and Allies. The theme for the day is ‘Queer & Coming of Age’ and these two speakers are impeccably placed to offer informative and entertaining insight.

Location: The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre 597 High Street Penrith, NSW 2750

Contact:ben.tart@health.nsw.gov.au

Western Sydney Rainbow Connection Network Interagency & Speaker Series – ‘Intersectionality’

9:30 am

Hosted by: Western Sydney Rainbow Connection

WSRC are very excited to announce Naomi Mourra as our next special guest speaker. "As Sydney’s only Lebanese, lesbian, ex-Jehovah’s Witness comedian, Naomi Mourra is your gateway woman to chicks, chickpeas, cults and culture. She is currently working through some issues around feeling the need to do something first. Naomi grew up in Cabramatta.”Additionally, Cedric YIN-CHENG of ANTRA (Australia & New Zealand Tongzhi Rainbow Alliance Inc) will explore how he recognised the need for a Multicultural LGBTIQA+ Support Directory and its continued significance for diverse communities. The theme for the day is ‘Intersectionality’ and these two speakers are impeccably placed to offer informative and entertaining insight. NOTE: This is a face-to-face event with Covid safe procedures in place. Registering to attend this event is RSVP only and registered participants will be emailed the day prior to the event to confirm attendance.

Location: The Joan Theatre (Orchestral Room)

Contact:gprendergast@acon.org.au

Rainbow Business Lunch

12:00 pm

Hosted by: Western Sydney Rainbow Network

Join us for a complimentary lunch and an opportunity to network with businesses, community and LGBTQ+ allies in Penrith. With Special Guest Speaker Andy Abey “The rewards of embracing diversity through customers, staff and community” Andy Abey, as Head of Corporate Affairs for CHRG, manages a range of iconic leisure and recreation venues across Sydney’s North West such as Club Parramatta. She brings a wealth of business experience along with a genuine appreciation for strong community engagement.

Location: Joan River Theatre, Parramatta

Contact:ben.tart@health.nsw.gov.au

more about Us

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Action.

Identify opportunities to promote inclusiveness including the promotion of campaigns such as International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia and Wear it Purple Day.

Support.

Promote and support consolidation of collaborative partnerships between organizations to promote community development, health promotion, human rights and social justice for the marginalized communities.

Identity.

Raise awareness about sexual diversity through organized education campaigns, media, radio to address misconception and misinformation.

Improve.

Discuss organisational issues that affect marginalised communities such as LGBTIQA communities & identify improvements that can be made.

Previous events.

JOIN OUR LAUNCH OF THE NETWORK

3:00 pm

Hosted by: Western Sydney Rainbow Connection

Join us as we launch the newest member of the Inclusive Communities Network family. Join our launch and become a member if you are in the Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, Western Sydney LHD

Location: Zoom online

Contact:isaac.elhassan@parramattamission.org.au

ACON and Western Sydney MRC acknowledge the traditional owners of all the lands on which we live and work and pay respects to LGBTQ+ Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander elders, leaders, Sistergirls and Brotherboys.