On Friday 17th May 2013, the NICHE ‘YourStory’ Campaign was launched.

Watch here: “L” MINI (YourStory)

YourStory is kicked off with 5 stories from LGBTI people from regional, rural and remote Australia.  Collected during Daniel Witthaus’ Beyond ‘That’s So Gay’ 266-day challenging homophobia tour, the stories are brought to life by maestro cartoonist, Kenton Penley Miller, and award-winning filmmaker, Jonathan Duffy.  Voice artist, Emma Gibbs, and production assistant, Christian Bürkle, rounded out the small yet committed team.

The hope is that this will inspire more LGBTI people from regional, rural and remote communities to share their stories online in either a visual, cartoon and/or animated way.  The way the National Institute for Challenging Homophobia Education (NICHE) sees it, the more stories that are told of life for LGBTI people outside of metropolitan centres, the better.  NICHE’s motto is ‘TALK, SHARE, CHANGE’.

The first instalment tells the story of ‘Mini’, a lesbian from rural Australia.  “L” is the first letter in LGBTI.  In the coming weeks a staggered release of Gay (“G”), Bisexual (“B”), Transgender (“T”) and Intersex (“I”) stories will be added to complete “the LGBTI set”.  The complete set will be uploaded by July 2013.

In the meantime, the challenge is set for LGBTI people and their allies to get working on their own stories.  Create your own, work as a group or seek out an LGBTI story to profile in a visual, cartoon-ish or animated way.

Go to the ‘YourStory’ section of this website to find out more.

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