Camp Betty Sydney is a three-day festival celebrating and unpacking sex, sexuality and gender against a backdrop of radical politics and DIY action.

Camp Betty takes place over the Queen’s birthday weekend, June 10-13, at various locations in the inner west, with the festival hub at the Red Rattler. The Inner City Legal Centre will be part of two different festival workshops.

In the session ‘Bullying and Violence in Queer Communities’, ICLC, along with ACON and Rose Smith, will explore bullying and violence both within our communities and targeted at our communities. The workshop themes include domestic and homophobic violence and bullying.

We will discuss what happens when we feel bullied, threatened or harassed by other community members? Do we struggle to talk about violence in our relationships What helps us speak out, ask for help or get support? How can we have safer and more respectful relationships? What role do our friends and allies play in this?

The workshop will include presentations, break-out discussion groups and practical techniques to increase your safety. It will be facilitated by people working in the field and will offer an opportunity to explore, share strategies and discuss issues in a safe and respectful space.

In the session ‘A Brief History of Trans-Time’, the ICLC, alongside a panel of older transgender community members, will discuss trans-history. ICLC will then lead a session on using available laws to change your identity documents and/or name. There will then be an interactive discussion about the future of trans/ ISGD rights in Australia.

For up-to-date times and dates of workshop, visit http://campbetty.org/2010/

The ICLC specialises in legal services to and provides free legal advice for LGBTI communities in NSW. We also provide free advice and representation for people in the city of Sydney experiencing economic or social disadvantage.

info: Amy McGowan is a solicitor at the Inner City Legal Centre. You can call ICLC on 02 9332 1966 or visit www.iclc.org.au

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