The following advertisement appeared on page 4 of the Melbourne edition of the Australian Jewish News on Friday July 29 2011.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
The Jewish Community Council of Victoria established a GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender) Reference group to investigate issues surrounding vilification, discrimination and mental health concerns faced by members of Victoria’s Jewish GLBT community.
These are serious issues and to assist the JCCV in formulating its views it is now calling for relevant submissions.
It is expected that members of Victoria’s Jewish GLBT community will predominantly provide submissions. However, submissions from other community members are welcome. Submissions may detail relevant experiences, positive or negative in relation to matters of discrimination, vilification and/or mental health issues within the Jewish community or may raise other points of relevance.
We are particularly concerned about the impact which these issues may have upon suicide rates and submissions concerning this aspect are also sought.
Submissions may be particularised to address the following issues:
- your personal experience of instances of vilification
- your personal experience of episodes of discrimination
- any impact that GLBT issues have had upon your mental health
Submissions will be received on an entirely confidential basis but will only be considered if they are accompanied by the author’s name and contact details.
Submissions should be sent to:
306 Hawthorn Road
South Caulfield Victoria 3162
or alternatively via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submissions must be received by close of business on 31 August 2011.
Help is always available from the following:
Lifeline – 131 114
Gay & Lesbian Switchboard – 1800 184 527 / (03) 9663 2939
Jewish Care – 8517 5999 (business hours)