A Time for Solidarity
21 Mar 2023
Thorne Harbour Health is committed to seeing a future where all of our LGBTIQ+ communities can fully participate in society - free from violence, bigotry, and discrimination.
Over the weekend, many of us witnessed a horrific series of events – both at public protests outside Victorian Parliament and subsequently online and in the media. This is distressing and saddens us on levels that are hard to unpack. In particular, we are deeply concerned about the impact these events have on the health and wellbeing of our communities.
With that in mind, if you feel that you could benefit from some support right now - please don’t hesitate to do so. You can contact us or one of the other incredible LGBTIQ+ community support services available like Rainbow Door and Q Life.
Looking after yourself can also be quality time with your chosen family, being in safe spaces like the Victorian Pride Centre, or attending community events. It could be physical activity - either on your own or with one of our incredible LGBTIQ+ sporting clubs. Even casual conversations with friends and small acts of self-care can play an important role in looking after ourselves.
After what’s been a glorious and affirming Pride season, the events of this past weekend are a reminder of why the Pride Movement started and continues to be important.
We must remain vigilant in our advocacy for our LGBTIQ+ communities – because the discrimination, vilification, and violence faced by our communities is not over.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen celebration and progress in our communities followed by what feels like retaliation and targeted attacks. From that history, we need to take stock of our legacy of resilience and perseverance and allow it to inspire us to support one another.
We are stronger when we stand together in Solidarity.
And finally, if you are not across the detail of the latest news regarding these recent events, please take precautions to look after yourself before immersing yourself in any media covering violence against our communities - including transphobia and neo-nazi activity. Sometimes the best self care means time out, limiting, or taking a break from exposure.
Please take care of yourself and those around you.