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Topics covered can include: self-esteem, homophobia, biphobia & transphobia, coming out, relationships, community, HIV stigma, and general sexual health.

Take a look at the Event Calendar for upcoming dates. As space is limited at each workshop, registration is essential – please see the bottom of the page to get in touch.

The workshops are:

  • Free
  • Interactive and dynamic
  • A safe space for discussion and sharing stories
  • Of varying length, from single day workshops to six week programs
  • Usually have 8 – 12 participants and 2 – 3 facilitators
  • Run by a team of dedicated and fun volunteers

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer, please register here

Register for a Workshop

FOR GAY, BISEXUAL, AND OTHER SAME-SEX ATTRACTED MEN
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Our peer education workshops for gay, bisexual and other same-sex attracted men (including trans men) have been running since the 1990s. They continue to be relevant for men wanting to explore their sexuality, make new social connections, and improve their relationships.

  • Young & Gay – a six-week workshop for guys aged 26 & under for you to meet new people and expand your social network. It also offers an interactive and informative space for you and your peers to talk about sexuality, coming out, health and wellbeing.
  • Momentum - a six-week workshop for guys aged 27 & up that provides a safe and confidential space to discuss issues around sexuality, health and connecting to community. Particularly useful if you’re coming out later in life, struggling with your identity, or you might just want to meet new people and build your social network.
  • Relationships – a six-week workshop for all ages whether you are single, currently in a relationship, or have just left one. The workshop aims to develop your communication and conflict resolution skills, help you explore your needs and desires, and understand your rights and responsibilities in a relationship.

FOR LESBIANS, AND BISEXUAL & QUEER WOMEN
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We’ve recently launched new peer education workshops for women, starting off with a series of one-day workshops. Keep an eye out for future workshops as they’re announced on our event calendar or by expressing interest via the form at the bottom of the page.

  • Scope - a new series of one-day workshops for LGBTIQ same-sex attracted women (including those who identify as trans or gender diverse). We are creating a safe space where women can come together to share stories and engage in facilitated discussions around navigating identity, sexuality, relationships, self-esteem, community, diversity, and more.

FOR TRANS & GENDER DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
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While our sexuality focused workshops strive to be inclusive for trans & gender diverse members of those communities, we also are starting to run new workshops centred on gender identity.

  • Transmasculine Workshop – a one-day workshop in development, expected to run in the first quarter of 2019. This workshop will be open to all trans men and transmasculine folk and will open up discussion around transition, relationships, identity and self-esteem.

MULTICULTURAL & MULTIFAITH WORKSHOPS AND SUPPORT
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We celebrate multiculturalism and acknowledge unique challenges faced by members of multicultural and multifaith communities reconciling different aspects of their identity. We build resilience and cultural pride by working collaboratively with various communities in celebration of diversity. Thorne Harbour Health currently runs:

  • Gay Asian Proud - a social support network for gay Asian men in Melbourne, the group offers a welcoming and understanding environment for you to meet new people and expand your social network. We organise social events such as yum cha, movies, dinners, picnics, and outings to gay venues. To be included in Gay Asian Proud email list, please contact (03) 9865 6700 or email gap@thorneharbour.org
  • International Student Workshop – a four-week workshop in development, expected to run in Semester 1, 2019. Catering to all LGBTIQ and curious students who have come to Australia from overseas to study, we aim to create a safe space to discuss topics around sexuality, health, coming out, and cultural difference, and helping people expand their Australian-English vocabulary on these topics.

We also provide support to culturally and religiously diverse LGBTIQ community groups in Melbourne, including:

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.”

“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 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.”

Contact us

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

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