“A decade of strong advocacy for LGBTI equality and inclusion! I am very proud to have volunteered for the JCCV for a decade and served on the board for almost 4 years. We have achieved great things together! #lgbti #lgbtiinclusion #mentalhealthmatters #socialinclusion #lgbtijews Big shout out to John Searle, Anton Block, Nina Bassat, Jennifer Huppert, Original Reference Group members Julie Leder, Nathan Rose, Andrew Rajcher, Sally Goldner, Immediate part Executive Director David Marlow and the community for welcoming change.” — Doron Abramovici
Tune in to JOY 94.9 in Melbourne or via live streaming on www.joy.org.au between midday and 1pm (UTC/GMT+10) on Friday August 5 2011 to hear Doug Pollard interview JCCV President John Searle. Details below.
“Within religious communities I think it’s fair to say that we are for the most part in the early stages of that journey, except for a few enlightened souls like, for example, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. And the Jewish community here in Victoria is no exception. The President of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria, John Searle, joins us to talk about the latest steps toward acceptance his organisation is taking, with an inquiry into vilification, discrimination and mental health in the LGBTI Jewish community” (Call for Submissions)
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:
The President JCCV 306 Hawthorn Road South Caulfield Victoria 3162