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Workshops are guided by casual discussions and activities about various topics, which can include self-esteem, representation, coming out, relationships, community, homophobia, biphobia & transphobia, HIV stigma, and general sexual health. These workshops are run by volunteer facilitators who are members of our communities, and have been trained to run activities, encourage participation and discussion.

The workshops are:

  • Free
  • Interactive and dynamic
  • A safe space for discussion and sharing stories
  • Of varying length, from single session workshops to six-week long programs.
  • Run by a team of dedicated volunteers from relevant LGBTIQA+ communities
  • Aged for people 18+

The workshops are not:

  • A counselling session
  • Group therapy

Take a look at our Calendar of Events for upcoming dates. Each workshop runs multiple times throughout the year with limited spaces.

To participate in peer workshops, simply register via the link below. The confidential registration form will ask for your contact details and how you identify,. You will receive an email to confirm you have registered for peer workshops. We will follow up using your preferred contact method with an invite to upcoming sessions.

Due to COVID-19 safety restrictions, some of the workshops are currently being run online via Zoom, while others have been paused. This will be updated as restrictions change.

Register for a Workshop

GAY, BI, QUEER, AND SAME-SEX ATTRACTED MEN
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Peer workshops for gay, bi, queer and sexually-diverse men (including trans participants) are available to those wanting to explore their identity, make new social connections in a safe and welcoming space, and learn more about themselves and others in the community.

Kinetic and Momentum - Six-Week workshops

Six-week long workshops are an opportunity to bond with a group of peers and have a space to meet up each week. The workshops are a chance to learn about weekly topics, engage in important discussions and activities, and learn more about yourself and those in your community.

The issues explored over the six-week workshops include: identity, coming out, sexual health, community, and stigma among other things.

The six-week workshops run in two different age groups:

  • Kinetic: age 30 and under
  • Momentum: age 30 and over

Magnetic - Single Session Workshops

Single session workshops are the perfect opportunity to touch base with peers, participate in facilitated discussions and activities, and take away a one-day learning experience.

Single session workshops are for people who wish to explore a specific topic in depth or cannot attend the six-week workshops. They are open to all ages over 18.

LESBIAN, BI, QUEER AND SAME-SEX ATTRACTED WOMEN
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Peer workshops for lesbian, bi, queer and sexually-diverse women (including trans participants) are available to those wanting to explore their identity, make new social connections in a safe and welcoming space, and learn more about themselves and other women in LGBTIQA+ communities.

Scope - Six-Week workshop

Six-week long workshops are an opportunity to bond with a group of peers, have a space to meet up each week and learn about weekly topics, engage in important discussions and fun activities, and learn more about yourself and those in your community.

The issues explored over the six-week workshops include identity, coming out, sexual health, community and stigma, among other things.

The Scope six-week workshop is available to people of all ages over 18.

Sphere - Single Session Workshops

Single session workshops are the perfect opportunity to touch base with peers, participate in facilitated discussions and activities, and take away a one-day learning experience.

Single session workshops are for people who wish to explore a specific topic in depth or cannot attend the six-week workshops, and they are open all ages over 18.

TRANS MEN AND TRANS MASCULINE
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Pace - monthly workshops

Pace is a monthly peer workshop for trans men, trans masc, and nonbinary+ participants to connect with each other, have a safe and social space to engage in discussions and activities relevant to their experiences.

Pace workshops are open to all ages over 18.

Participants who feel aligned with any of the other peer workshops are welcome to also attend those groups simultaneously.

TRANS WOMEN AND TRANS FEMININE
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Novus - monthly workshops

Novus is a monthly peer workshop for trans women, trans feminine, and nonbinary+ participants to connect with each other, have a safe and social space to engage in discussions and activities relevant to their experiences.

Novus workshops are open to all ages over 18.

Participants who feel aligned with any of the other peer workshops are welcome to also attend those groups simultaneously.

NON-BINARY & GENDER DIVERSE PEOPLE
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Rise – monthly workshops

Rise is a monthly peer workshop for nonbinary+ and gender diverse participants to connect with each other and engage in discussions and activities relevant to experiences and identities beyond the binary.

Participants who feel aligned with any of the other peer workshops are welcome to also attend those groups simultaneously.

FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS PARTICIPANTS
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“I made a few new friends in the workshop. I have also realised that I should be happier with myself. I’m more comfortable with my sexuality now.”

“I gained a sense of community and acceptance with myself as a gay man. The workshop also helped to break down the stigma associated with HIV-positive people.”

“The sexual health session is really helpful to understand how to have safer sex in today’s world.”

“I enjoyed meeting new and exciting people from diverse backgrounds, and now I have a better understanding of myself.”

“The communication and conflict skills provide helpful and positive ways to look at the way we operate, with practical suggestions of ways to communicate.”

“I now have a feeling that the community is a whole lot larger than I previously imagined.”

“I loved being able to meet and learn through everyone. The group dynamic was fantastic. Everyone was easy going.”

“I know I’m not alone facing issues around self-esteem, coming out, and relationships. I feel more confident and have higher self-esteem.”

PEER EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS

Interested in volunteering for the peer education program? Check out the Volunteers section for more information, and get in touch with us via the details below.

Contact us

Phone: (03) 9865 6700
Email: peer.ed@thorneharbour.org

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