LInc Grant Recipients – Bits & Bods

Lesbians Incorporated provides financial backing to lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups in Australia through our community grants scheme. All grant applications are closed for 2019. We will announce the dates for our 2020 grant rounds very soon – please stay tuned.

Bits and Bods - web series
Bits and Bods is a web series about sex, bodies and all the awkward bits in between!

Bits and Bods received a grant in round two of 2018, for funds to help code a website that would focus on girls, particularly those who identify as individuals in under served demographics. For example those who are same-sex attracted, as they live with significant stigma around their bodies and sexuality, this web series aims to make the estimated 100,000 same-sex attracted girls living in Australia aged 13-19 happier, healthier and safer.

You can find out more about this organisation through their website: Bits and Bods watch the wonderfully produced videos on their YouTube Channel and keep in touch with the lates news on their facebook page

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LInc Round Two 2019 Grant Recipients

Fourteen groups across Australia will receive up to a total of $1000 each in funding as part of the second round of grants for 2019 by Lesbians Inc Community Grants program.

Lesbians Incorporated Round Two Grants Awarded

Receiving up to $1000 each, the fourteen grant recipients are individuals and organisations representing a wide variety of lesbians in Australia. They will use the funding for a wide range of purposes, including education and training, community development and creation, arts and culture to help support lesbians and LGBTIQ+ communities across the country. 

Grant recipients this year include:

Southside Women Publicity Campaign 
Southside Women is the newest support group run by Diversity ACT. The goal of the group is to provide regular social activities for lesbian women living in South Canberra, and Canberra more broadly. Southside Women exists for lesbian women to attend, participate, make new friends and have fun. Diversity ACT and Southside Women are working together to ensure that vulnerable lesbian women are receiving appropriate physical, mental and social support to access services, activities and opportunities.

Better Together 2020 Equality Conference 
Better Together is a 2-day national conference, networking opportunity for LGBTIQ+ organisations and individuals to come together, share stories, network and learn from each other. It is open to all of the community and brings together the diverse members of the LGBTIQ + community including those that are indigenous, person of colour, disabled or deaf. The LInc grant will help provide scholarships to those who would not otherwise be able to attend due to hardship. Better Together 2020 will be the 3rd national conference, hosting lesbian specific sessions and a 2 hour lesbian caucus. The training supports advocates and small organisations that might not have prior opportunity elsewhere.

Update and Reprint of ‘Talking Turkey’
This project involves an update, redesign, and reprint of our publication ‘Talking Turkey,’ a legal guide for lesbian parents and donors and the LGBTIQ community more generally. Talking Turkey is the only comprehensive publication providing a guide to the law around starting a family and parenting in NSW for LGBTIQ parents and donors. It is currently in its 4th edition and this project aims to develop and distribute the 5th edition.
Talking Turkey is produced by Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) who provide access to justice for LGBTIQ individuals throughout NSW, and for all vulnerable people within their catchment.

DISCO INFERNO! – Bega Pride
Is produced though Bega Pride. They are a small group of individuals who have moved to the Bega Valley from larger cities. The project aims at bringing together regional LGBTQIA+ community by hosting a disco themed dance party called ‘Disco Inferno!’. The event will be on November 30, 2019 and will run from 8 pm – 12 am at Bega Country Club. We want to create the feel of a city gay bar in the country.

Red Velvet Ball  
The nature of this project is connecting lesbians through social events, namely dinner and dance, where one can share a meal, catch up with friends, male new friends and feel part of a community. Networking through social media i.e. Meet Up Groups, Red Velvet Ball on Facebook and email. Based in Thornbury, Vic. the group aims to reach out to regional and international lesbians with the aim to be seen, present and respected, through their social groups and events.

WOODWORK for WOMEN: Cutting a new path for beginners
Cutting a new path for beginners focus on learning woodworking skills whilst building a project from start to a product completion and will be taught by Woodwork for Women. This project is produced by PFLAG Tasmania and provides a safe space for lesbians to explore their creativity by the completion of a project of significance which may form part of a final exhibition. PFLAG gives help, support and information to families, friends and community to strengthen understanding about issues of importance to the LGBTIQ+ community. PFLAG’s motto is ‘Supporting those we love’, they offer support programs which focus on strengthening community capacity and social connection.

Australian Lesbian Museum 
This project, is produced by L Media Ltd, it is a virtual museum, with the hope that it will grow into a travelling museum that cn be shared across Australia. L Media Ltd has one of the most comprehensive historic library of lesbian life and culture in Australia. (Digital and Print). This historic project;  which will inform the next generation of Australian Lesbian activism, lifestyle and culture. The project aim is to establish a secure publishing platform that will highlight lesbian cultural significance such as the Lesbian Space Project, The Drag King Culture, Lesbian families and more. L Media Ltd is a non for profit corporation which publishes LOTL Magazine, Australia’s lesbian publication since 1989. LOTL is one of the last lesbian owned media worldwide, and provides lesbian visibility through events and publishing in print and in the digital space.

Wendybird Connects 
Wendybird is a not-for-profit community group led by a collective of LGBTIQ+ people who are working together to intentionally grow a safer and always supportive community for people of diverse bodies, genders, relationships and sexualities, their friends, families and children. They strive to create inclusive spaces where people can be authentically themselves and build meaningful connections. The LInc grant will go towards supporting Wendybird social events. Events are held every 6 weeks, each event has a unique theme, which is developed from their core values of inclusion, participation, sustainability, authenticity, compassion and everyone belonging in community.

Recreational activities program at Ten Forty Matrix “Friends of Dorothy”  Camp 
Ten Forty Matrix’s Friends of Dorothy Camp to be held in March 2020. The project focuses on reaching out to older lesbians from regional and remote areas, as well as those not linked in to any established networks. It is a three-day gathering that will be fully catered and offers accommodation for up to 60, as well as recreational activities. The groups activities and social aspects of the weekend will be a crucial part of connecting older lesbians some of whom are socially isolated, struggling with health and other issues and/or on low incomes. 

Later Life Lesbians Coming Out podcast 
Later Life Lesbians Coming Out is a podcast project that will be produced by JOY 94.9 Community Radio Station. JOY 94.9 is an independent voice for the diverse lesbian gay bi-sexual transgender & intersex communities listened to by 589,000 monthly listeners across Australia. JOY is wanting to create a podcast episode to share the experiences and learnings of lesbian women who have come out later in life, potentially after being in a heterosexual marriage and having children. The podcast will be hosted on our website and promoted through our networks, social media and on-air messaging. The podcast can be downloaded by our intended audience. The purpose of the podcast is to provide lesbians with support and knowledge to assist their journey and daily challenges via the sharing of experiences.

Yarns Heal Suicide Prevention Campaign Resources 
Yarns Heal is a LGBTIQ+ Suicide Prevention Campaign is a suicide prevention campaign for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ+ SB community, created by IndigiLez Womens Leadership and Support Group. Yarns Heal is about sharing stories and reaching out to our loved ones and cultural connectors when times are tough. Yarns Heal will help us learn how to better support one another and aims to strengthen our peer to peer support systems so we can access help in culturally safe ways that nature cultural healing and love. Visibilty is essential in starting the conversations about Suicide. This submission is to increase the connection point and visibility of resources in the Campaign. 

DocDir: LGBTIQ+ doctor directory 
DocDir is a searchable map-based online directory of LGBTIQ+ friendly health services in Australia. They are currently working with Dr Sarah Burrowes, administrator of DocLIST, an online list of doctors recommended by lesbian and bisexual women in Australia, and are expanding their data set of LGBTIQ+ health services in Australia. This grant will enable them to have a stall at Midsumma carnival, to recruit a community consultation group for ongoing improvements to the site, gain recognition among the LGBTIQ+ community, ask for doctor recommendations from community, and sign people up to receive updates when the website is live and an invitation to the launch. 

A lesbian comedy called ‘The Punter’s Siren.’
Gina Schien will be directing and co-producing a season of her play ‘The Punter’s Siren’ in the Adelaide Fringe in 2020. LInc funding to help with the marketing costs. The Punter’s Siren’ is a one-act comedy, that charts one day in the life of Helen, who falls madly in lust with a woman called Linda, who she meets at the racecourse. The odds are firmly against Helen, from the moment she hands a bundle of cash to the bookie to her final desperate dash for freedom.


Once in a Lullaby: a portrait of Australia rainbow families
Once in a Lullaby: a portrait of Australia rainbow families is a photographic project book that records and celebrates Australian rainbow families in their own homes by freelance photographer Mia McDonald who is based in Melbourne. This is as much about what it means to be an Australian as it is about sexuality. Mia’s aim is not to sensationalise the families but to archive, capture and document images of a rapidly changing community and the lives of people who offer brave new visions of what it means to be family in Australia today.

LInc Recipient Spotlight – Indigilez 

Lesbians Incorporated provides financial backing to lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups in Australia through our community grants scheme. All grant applications are closed for 2019. We will be announcing the recipients of out second round of grants in November.  While the current submissions are being reviewed by our committee we will continue to share stories of our past grant recipients and their success stories through our weekly Recipient Spotlight.

This week our spotlight shines on IndigiLez a LInc grant recipient in round two of 2018.

IndigiLez  provides a culturally safe, friendly environment by encouraging & fostering women to speak their hopes & dreams, while developing values of leadership, respect, health & wellbeing. Indigilez continues to form and maintain positive partnerships to unite and embrace our multicultural LGBTI community.

IndigiLez Leadership and Support Group was founded in 2008 by Rebecca Johnson and Tanya Quakawoot formed.  Both women are passionate advocates for improving the lives of Indigenous lesbians and same sex attracted women. The women’s personal experiences of growing up in their respective small country communities in the Wide Bay-Burnett and Central Queensland areas have encouraged them to make a difference in the Indigenous community and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community.  As young adults Rebecca and Tanya encountered extremely challenging obstacles because of their identity. Aboriginal, women and lesbian. 

The founders of IndigiLez are dedicated to providing support to their community and volunteer their own time and funds to support the women where possible. Forming positive partnerships with other LGBTI community organisations and various community groups who are willing and able to support Indigilez women

LInc Recipient Spotlight

Lesbians Incorporated provides financial backing to lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups in Australia through our community grants scheme. All grant applications are closed for 2019. We will be announcing the recipients of out second round of grants in November.  While the current submissions are being reviewed by our committee we will continue to share stories of our past grant recipients and their success stories through our weekly Recipient Spotlight.

Switchboard Victoria is a community-based not for profit organisation that provides peer based, volunteer run support for LGBTQIA+
Switchboard Victoria is a community-based not for profit organisation that provides peer based, volunteer run support for LGBTQIA+ 

In the first round of Grants for 2019,  Switchboard Victoria received funding to help support their program Lesbian visibility in aged care. “Lesbian visibility in aged care” celebrates the strength and passion of older lesbians and queer-identifying women as they negotiate ageing and aged care. Through intergenerational conversations and peer support, participants’ lived experience is seen and heard – an experience often lacking for older lesbians and queer-identifying women within aged care.

Out & About is Switchboard’s free home visiting service that connects lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people across Victoria. Our peer volunteer visitors make regular social visits to older people living at home or in aged care as part of the national Community Visitors Scheme. Out & About currently has 25 recipients; including 12 women, all of whom are lesbian and/or otherwise part of the LGBTIQ community. Both the Coordinator and Outreach Officer at Out & About are lesbians.

This project celebrates the strength and passion of older lesbians and queer-identifying women as they negotiate  ageing and aged care. It provides a unique opportunity for participants to talk about their expectations and lived experience of aged care in a safe and supportive space. Through intergenerational conversations and peer support, participants have the chance to be “seen and heard” in all their power and vulnerability, an experience all too often lacking for older lesbians and queer-identifying women within aged care.

LInc Recipient Spotlight

Lesbians Incorporated provides financial backing to lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups in Australia.  This post aims to shine a light on our past grant recipients and  share their success stories.  All current grant applications are closed and recipients of round 2 grants will be announced in November 2019. 

Moonlight Cowboys Present received a grant in round one of 2019 to support Queer Saloon at Cafe Gummo in Thornbury (VIC).

The Saddle Qlub is a monthly inclusive music and performing arts event supporting lesbians, queer women, and GNC people within the LGBTQIA+ community to socialise with the purpose of building networks and stronger communities within the inner north of Melbourne. Hosted by The Moonlight Cowboys (Bam Bam and Mahla Bird) it takes the format of a Sunday afternoon social event held at Cafe Gummo Live music with cabaret and circus performances will be held at intervals throughout the afternoon and early evening.  Performances with feature high caliber local and interstate acts, with an emphasis on supporting queer women, QTPOC, and emerging artists to showcase their work in a supportive environment. By hosting a mix of both established and emerging artists, this platform will support cross networking among artists and industry professionals, encouraging collaboration and growth within the queer and lesbian performance communities. For audiences, this event will provide exposure to and engagement with lesbian and queer art, and a supportive, inclusive space to socialise and foster stronger relationships.  

Find out more through their facebook page

LInc Recipient Spotlight – Day For Night

Lesbians Incorporated provides financial backing to lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups in Australia.  This post aims to shine a light on our past grant recipients and  share their success stories.  All current grant applications are closed and recipients of round 2 grants will be announced in November 2019. 

performancespace.com.au/program/day-for-night/

Day For Night as part of Performance Space received a grant from Lesbians Incorporated in 2019. Performance Space is Australia’s leading organisation for the development and presentation of experimental art. The organisation has placed artists at the centre of everything we do for over 35 years and has championed the work of LGBTQIA+ artists from diverse backgrounds and artistic perspectives. Performance Space prides itself on being a supportive and safe space for queer artists to come together, share ideas, push boundaries and celebrate difference.

The grant recieved from Lesbians Incorporated will support emerging lesbian sound artist Nina Buchanan to develop and present her new work Higher at Day for Night presented by Performance Space. This entrancing sound work creates a deeply immersive and emotive sound environment for queer existence, healing and collective celebration.

Performance Space plays a unique role in the Australian arts ecology by nurturing works at each stage in a project’s life cycle. Throughout the year Performance Space delivers a range of development, residency and mentorship programs that support artists to extend their practice, test new ways of working and develop new works.

Now in its sixth year, Day for Night is a fierce collision of queer art and party culture presented across twelve hours by Performance Space. Bringing together Australia’s finest queer artists, performers, DJs, musicians, dancers and lovers, Day for Night is a glorious fusion of club culture, contemporary art and new performance. 

LInc Recipient Spotlight – SJ Matthews

Lesbians Incorporated provides financial backing to lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups in Australia.  This post aims to shine a light on our past grant recipients and  share their success stories.  All current grant applications are closed for 2019, recipients of round 2 grants will be announced in November. 

SJ Matthews received a LINC grant to continue their work that empowers healthcare for LGBTIQ+ women. SJ Matthews is a Masters of Public Health student who uses lived experience to inform current work projects and research. SJ will use the grant from Lesbians Inc. to support their current work and projects that aim to improve the health outcomes for lesbian, bisexual and queer women by increasing access to clinical spaces that embody emotional safety, bodily autonomy and empowerment.

Part of their project will showcase the community-led, trauma-informed practices at ACON’s CheckOUT clinic, and promoting good quality healthcare for queer, intersex, trans and gender diverse people.

Check OUT is a community-led sexual health and cervical screening clinic for LGBTIQ+ people. ACON also has developed a wonderful health and wellness resource for everyone is ACON Here for Health

LInc Recipient Spotlight – Acegirls

Lesbians Incorporated is committed to providing financial backing to lesbians and lesbian-friendly groups in Australia through our community grants scheme. All grant applications are closed for 2019. We will be announcing the recipients of out second round of grants in November. While the current submissions are being reviewed by our committee we will continue to share stories of our past grant recipients and their success stories.

Acegirls received a grant to provide tennis tournament scholarships for lesbians in Australia.

Acegirls is Melbourne’s lesbian tennis training club and has been operating continuously for 17, years since 2002. They offer tennis training workshops to Melbourne’s lesbian community, supporting a wide of age groups, from 18 to 70+. Acegirls also provide advice on fitness, tournaments, racquets, equipment, stringing and provide a monthly social dinner for past and present members. Acegirls have been successful in connecting lesbian players who need doubles partners, training partners, and new friends especially for those who are new to Melbourne and Australia. They have welcomed many new players from interstate and overseas, providing important social connections, and provide role models for health and fitness.

Through the Lesbians Incorporated grant received in 2019, ten scholarships were established and provided supportive pathways into tournaments at an appropriate level for each of the Acegirls players so that they can have a positive experience and gain confidence.

These tournaments will be on a variety of circuits such as :
• Tennis Australia tournaments
• Country Victoria tournaments
• International Tennis Federations tournaments
• GLTA (Gay and Lesbian Tennis Association) tournaments 

In August 2018 several Acegirls competed in the international Gay Games held in Paris. Every single player was successful in bringing home a medal from the tournament, which is testament to the quality of support Acegirls provide and the commitment of their players. For more information on how to become involved please check out the Acegirls webpage.

LInc Recipient Spotlight – NYWF

Lesbians Incorporated weekly spotlight focuses on successful past grant recipients, with an aim to inspire new submissions for grant applications. Do you have a community project, space or idea that supports lesbians, LGBTQI+ spaces and identity? Then apply for a LInc grant today!

Grant round two for 2019 is currently open for applications and we have extended the submissions deadline, applications will close on 5 September 2019 at midnight.  Apply here. 

The National Young Writers’ Festival (NYWF) is a non-profit organisation that runs a free, accessible arts festival for four days each year. An engaging and transformative bootcamp for writers under 35. The grant received from Lesbians Incorporated in round one of 2019  supports NYWF efforts by providing five travel bursaries to help artists attend and participate in the festival.

Artists forge regional and national connections, extending their own writing practice through events, networking and mentoring. NYWF 2018 saw over 4000 attendances across 95 events. 

NYWF is a lesbian-friendly organisation with a history of providing professional development to queer communities. A significant portion of artists and audiences identify as LGBTQI+, and NYWF frequently receive positive feedback from queer attendees and artists who describe the festival as a supportive and welcoming space. In 2018, for example, NYWF had an entire stream of programming of events and workshops dedicated to LGBTQI+ artists and topics, such as ‘Published from the Margins’ and ‘Rainbow Read Roundtable’.