Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 5th LGBTIQ Women’s Health Online Conference. We’re so grateful to everyone who participated and made the day such a success.

Remember, if you missed anything, or want to re-watch a session, the conference is still available online to watch on demand! Just follow your original conference link.

We’re now so excited to announce the first of three LGBTIQWHC Special Events!

Over the next three weeks we’re bringing you some unique voices: speakers, panels, Q&As & space to network with other attendees; all using the same online portal as the conference.

Make sure you block out some time for the next three Tuesday evenings! We’d love to see you there:

Tuesday 9 November 6:00PM – 7:30PM AEDT
Tuesday 16 November 6:00PM – 7:30PM AEDT
Tuesday 23 November 6:00PM – 7:30PM AEDT

Everyone who registered for the conference will receive an email invitation to these free events from the Conference Secretariat, including your link to attend.*

This Tuesday 9 November, we’re proud to announce a very special speaker, live panel discussion and Q&A:  

Blak women and femme identities navigating: the borderlands of culture, whiteness, and queer territories.

Date: Tuesday 9 November
Time: 6:00PM – 7:30PM AEDT.

Chaired by Jane Yettica and featuring Dr. Mandy Henningham, Jinny-Jane Smith, and Estelle Clarke.

Special Guest Speaker:

Dr Mandy Henningham: “Blak, Bi+ and Borderlands: An Autoethnography on Multiplicities of Indigenous Queer Identities Using Borderland Theory”
Indigenous queer people often experience a conflict in identity, feeling torn between long-standing cultures and new LGBTIQA+ spaces; however, conflicts are being reframed by new generations of Indigenous queer academics who consider decolonising ideas about white heteronormativity. The following autoethnography of my own Indigenous queer journey (muru) uses narrative analysis to explore the challenges of living between worlds as well as the difficulties in gaining acceptance from multiple cultures.

Panel & Q&A

Dr. Mandy Henningham (They/them)
Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney
Dr Mandy Henningham is an Indigenous early career researcher Department of Sociology and Social Policy, School of Social and Political Sciences, and has a strong passion for sexual health, and marginalised populations. Her postgraduate studies in sexual health led her to be a dedicated advocate for LGBTIQA+ human rights, leading her to complete her mixed-methods, multidisciplinary PhD project where she explored the lived experience of people with intersex variations/variations in sex characteristics.

Jinny-Jane Smith
BLAQ, Founding Director & Secretary (she/her)
Jinny is a proud Wiradjuri/ Walbunja woman of the Yuin nation. Jinny is a very proud lesbian woman and mother. Jinny has experience living and working in urban communities Mt Druitt (Dharug), Redfern (Eora) and the Illawarra (Dharawal). Jinny has been an active advocate for the plight of not only Aboriginal rights but the rights of her queer black community for over 10 years. Jinny sits on the board of Gadigal Information Service and City of Sydney advisory panel. Jinny brings her advocacy for youth, strong women and leadership wherever she may be. Jinny is passionate about making change regarding the stigmas and stereotypes of the LGBTQ+ communities.

Estelle Clarke (she/her)
BLAQ, Programs Coordinator
Estelle is a proud Yorta-Yorta trans woman born and raised in Boorloo but currently living on Gadigal land. Estelle is a previous Western Australian Young Person of the Year and National Young People’s Human Rights Medal Finalist and Pinnacle scholar. She is currently the Program Coordinator at BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation.

Jane Yettica (she/her)
Firesticks Alliance
Jane is a Queer Minyungbal, Dunghutti and South Sea Islander woman with kinship connections to Mununjali. Jane currently resides on Quandamooka Country. In addition to her professional career in strategic communications – currently with Firesticks Alliance – receiving her MBA in Social impact from UNSW, Jane serves community in a multitude of ways showing her strong connection to the kinship structures of First Nations people. 

With Firesticks Alliance, Jane is highlighting the importance of a return to Indigenous cultural practices of land management and fire practice. Jane has long been an advocate for the safety, visibility and inclusion of LGBTQ+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. She previously worked with ACON in Aboriginal Health Promotion, where she also produced the 2020 and 2021 First Nations Mardi Gras entries. Jane has always worked in community and for community, she prioritises making meaningful contribution for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


We look forward to seeing you again at this very special event.
*If you haven’t received your email invitation by 3pm Tuesday 9 November, please check your junk/spam for ‘ASHM Conference Secretariat’. If you still can’t find it, please contact ASHM immediately:
P: +61 2 8204 0770
E: conference@ashm.org.au

For any other questions, please contact conference@acon.org.au 

Thank you,  LGBTIQ Women’s Health Conference

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