Daniel enjoyed conducting a reading of his second book, Beyond Priscilla, for Darebin City Council’s Northcote Library ode to the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
A small but enthusiastic crowd braved wet weather to hear Daniel read some of his favourite sections of Beyond Priscilla and to answer questions about the reality behind the story of that big drive.
To find out more about Beyond Priscilla, click here: BeyondPriscillaBook
To celebrate the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) Reservoir High, a pioneer in schools doing great LGBTI work, gathered LGBTI students for a workshop delivered by National Institute for Challenging Homophobia Education’s (NICHE) Daniel Witthaus.
Students heard about the latest research evidence and shared their experiences, before workshopping ways in which they could respond to everyday homophobia and transphobia.
Moonee Valley City Council celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) by gathering LGBTI locals and launching their local LGBTI storytelling campaign.
The event was hosted by Daniel Witthaus, Founder and CEO of the National Institute for Challenging Homophobia Education (NICHE) and recorded in part by JOY94.9FM. Comedienne Monica Attard brought the house down, and crowd favourite, Cr Cam Nation, demonstrated the importance of Council leadership.
To hear more, click here: RainbowStoriesMVCCJOY94.9FM
In the lead-up to the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on May 17th, Daniel enjoyed a lunchtime presentation with the staff and residents of Hanover’s Southbank Crisis and Short-Term Accommodation Service.
Along with great food and great conversation, the highlight was the Q&A session after. Daniel even met someone moving to his old neighbourhood in Geelong!
Every student in attendance at Peter Lalor Vocational College participated in a Beyond ‘That’s So Gay!’ (double) session, led by Daniel. Teachers had wanted to focus student attention on their use of language such as ‘that’s so gay’.
Daniel appreciated getting this plaque as thanks.
To follow-up his one-week visit to the north of Tasmania in August 2014, Daniel – as part of his work with the National Institute for Challenging Homophobia Education (NICHE) www.niche.org.au – visited even more remote locations in Tasmania’s north in May 2015.
Partnering with Relationships Australia Tasmania – and the incomparable and tireless Sharon Jones – NICHE managed to reach almost 200 people through professional development sessions and schools workshops.
To read Daniel’s 3 page report on this visit: NICHE Tas Follow-Up Final May 15
Daniel’s Tasmanian visit in 2014 can be found here: Tasmania Visit August 2014
Daniel travelled with his partner to Queenscliff’s Uniting Church to participate in the SacredEdge Festival. He joined a panel of speakers for a Taster Session on the Friday evening. On Saturday Daniel discussed the impact of Marriage Equality on the mental health of LGBTI people, and on the Sunday he shared his own journey in “My Story”.
Thanks to Rick Measham (Twitter) for this presentation summary!
Daniel and his partner were grateful for the people he met, the reception of those attending and the hospitality of convenors, Kerrie & Charles.
Daniel made two visits to Banyule City Council during April for all things LGBTI. The first visit was to deliver an LGBTI Inclusion workshop for general staff.
The second visit was on Anzac Day (yes, that’s commitment!) to deliever a train-the-trainer workshop with a group of local young LGBTI people. These young people are going to deliver schools workshops on the International Day Against Homophobia (and Biphobia, Intersexphobia and Transphobia) (IDAHOBIT). Daniel worked with the young people to clarify what they wanted to achieve with their workshops, what their strengths were and how to support each other with the sections of delivery that felt challenging.
As part of an annual visit, Daniel provided a lecture on teaching and LGBTI inclusion with third year teaching students at the Melbourne Institute of Technology.
About 25 students heard the latest research evidence, LGBTI people’s broader experience and some practical strategies for everyday classrooms.
Daniel took his first holiday in 18 months to finally get to the Bagan Plains to soak up the majestic temples of centuries gone by.