Wollongong University Queer Collective Allsorts have their annual Sexuality and Gender Week from August  27-31 . This high point in their calendar sees campus playing host to workshops, night events and a fair day.

Events include an art exhibition and opening function Monday night, movie night Tuesday, Fair Day Wednesday, Coming Out by Fairy Light Friday (this is a queer autonomous event) and the fantabulous Homo De Nile Party at Castros to close out the week on Saturday. There are also loads of workshops happening throughout the week, so look out on campus and get involved.

More info: a.zane.j@gmail.com

Wear it Purple Day, Friday September 7, is fast approaching. Wear it Purple aims to help LGBTIQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer) youth at risk.

Begun by students, the day aims to stop ignorance and bullying that can lead to suicide. This is a day to wear purple wherever you are to show your support of young people, show them that there are people who unconditionally love and support them, and celebrate them for who they are. Go beyond just wearing purple on September 7 by getting involved in local events or even host a Wear it Purple Day event in your workplace, school or organisation.

Join the movement on Facebook or email: contact@wearitpurple.org

The Peace of Mind program, a new series of workshops, is aiming to reduce the impact of mental distress in the LGBT community by helping people improve their understanding of mental health and their ability to help others experiencing mental health issues. It includes a series of free workshops being delivered throughout NSW which will help LGBT people identify when their family and friends are experiencing mental distress and how they can offer support.

More info and registration here.

INFO: If you require any additional information about groups, services or organisations in the Southern Region you can contact ACON on (02) 4226 1163 or email tslattery@acon.org.au

Trevor Slattery is a community health promotion officer at ACON’s Illawarra Branch.

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