BYRON BAY: YOUNG PEOPLE’S SEXUAL HEALTH

In April, Daniel was flown to Byron Bay (tough life!) to present at a young people’s Sexual Health forum for local secondary schools.

The remarkable Positive Adolescent Sexual Health consortium did an outstanding job in pulling off this event on the smell of an oily rag.  Young people got to get a rural LGBTI perspective and to think about how to challenge homophobia and transphobia in their own schools.  Daniel even got to chat a little on ABC Northern Rivers radio.

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Pictured right with Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli (one of Daniel’s early role models)

STAND UP STRAIGHT (RADIO) INTERVIEW

Daniel sat down for a compelling hour of interviewing from LGBTI ally, Michelle Barber.

Michelle prides herself on asking you the questions she would around her kitchen table over a cuppa.  Daniel rates this as one of the most enjoyable interviews he’s done for quite a while.

Download the interview here:
joy.org.au/standupstraight/2014/03/06/challenging-homophobia-with-daniel-witthaus/

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DANIEL & HOBSONS BAY PFLAG

In March 2014 Daniel joined PFLAG Geelong & Dr Jeremy Wiggins for a forum for local parents from Hobsons Bay.  Stay tuned for a Parents & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG) in Hobsons Bay soon.

danpflaghobson14Pictured with PFLAG Geelong & Victoria Police Gay & Lesbian Liaison Officer (GLLO)

 

IAN THORPE: A NECESSARY CONVERSATION STARTER

Let’s Hope Ian Thorpe Is A Necessary, Overdue Conversation Starter About Young People.

“Now that Ian Thorpe has come out and everyone has had their say, it’s time to continue working to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people across regional, rural and remote Australia.  Whilst a number of commentators talk about a brave new LGBTI-friendly and supportive world, research evidence is beyond debate: most young people are not benefitting from this brave new world.  Not everyone makes it through to come out and thrive as Ian and others do…”

My two cents worth on Ian Thorpe’s coming out can be found here: Ian Thorpe’s Coming Out

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DANIEL’S OWN PUBLIC IDAHO…

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Each year on May 17th, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO).  In more recent years we’ve seen the addition of biphobia, intersexism and transphobia (hence you’ll see some call it IDAHOBIT, to many a Lord of the Rings fan’s delight).

This year, Daniel Witthaus will be busy speaking, presenting and launching campaigns across Victoria.

Thursday, 15th May
Victoria University IDAHO Morning Tea
10:30am, Building M, Level 1, VUSU Lounge, Footscray Park Campus
Find out more here: http://www.vu.edu.au/news-events/events/pride-week-2014

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Thursday, 15th May
Moonee Valley City Council LGBTI Discussion Evening
5pm-6:30pm, Clocktower Centre, 750 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
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Friday, 16th May
Banyule City Council Rainbow Flag Raising
11:00am, The Centre Ivanhoe - 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe
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Friday, 16th May
Banyule City Council Gay-Straight Alliance Student Workshop
12:00-3:00pm, The Centre Ivanhoe - 275 Upper Heidelberg Road, Ivanhoe
Find out more here: http://www.banyuleyouth.com/news/banyule-gay-straight-alliancedanbunburyschoolyp2013

Friday, 16th May
Freedom2b Presentation
7:30pm, Victorian AIDS Council
Search Facebook for: ‘Freedom2b May Meeting- Guest Speaker Daniel Witthaus!’aabbccdan

Saturday, 17th May
‘oi’ Challenging Rural Homophobia Campaign Launch
11:30am, Maude Street Mall, Shepparton
Find out more here: Media Release OI IDAHO 2014Oi facebook squares

Monday, 19th May
Brimbank Council Rainbow Flag Raising
9:30am, Brimbank Council Offices, Alexandra Ave, Sunshine

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WESTANDPROUD Film Premiere
6:30pm (for a 7:15pm official opening), Sun Theatre, 9 Ballarat Road, Yarraville
Find out more here: http://westandproud.info

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Thursday, 22nd May
Darebin Council IDAHO Afternoon Tea
3-4:00pm, Darebin Council Offices, Preston

BEYOND PRISCILLA AVAILABLE NOW (SIGNED COPIES TOO)

Get your copy of  Beyond Priscilla: one gay man, one gay truck, one big idea… now, published through Clouds of Magellan (cloudsofmagellanpress.net).

eBOOK
Amazon AU – https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00HRJ3JQE
Apple AU – https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/beyond-priscilla/id794128082
Amazon US – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HRJ3JQE

PAPERBACK/SIGNED
Paperback copies are now available, signed through Daniel (daniel@thatssogay.com.au or Daniel Witthaus on Facebook), and unsigned, through LGBTI Bookshop Hares & Hyenas (www.hares-hyenas.com.au/beyondpriscilla) and print on demand: Amazon, Book Depository and Barnes & Noble.  Stay tuned for details of all other good bookshops.

Already Daniel has sent signed copies to rural Japan and Ireland!

GATHERINGS & READINGS
Contact Daniel for any opportunities to read and share stories of everyday LGBTI life in regional, rural and remote Australia.

MELBOURNE LAUNCH @ HARES & HYENAS

On Sunday 9th February 2014, Daniel Witthaus launched his second book, Beyond Priscilla, at Hares & Hyenas bookshop.

Daniel was joined by Kenton Penley Miller (Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission) who talked about his challenging (rural) homophobia for the last few decades.

Hares & Hyenas bookshop, 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy 3065 Victoria (www.hares-hyenas.com.au/beyondpriscilla)