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Win Tickets to see Hannah Gadsby! | Albany Pride

Australia’s very own lesbian superstar comedian, writer, actress, television host and proud LGBTQIA+ ally, Hannah Gadsby, is coming to the Albany Entertainment Centre with her new show, Body of Work.

To celebrate this, and to raise funds for our upcoming Pride Festival 2022, Albany Pride is having a raffle – and two tickets to her new show, taking place on the 1st September, 2021, are up for grabs!

As well as being in with the chance to win the tickets, we also have a variety of Albany Pride merchandise to win, and some lovely bottles of wine!

For more information about the raffle and prizes, as well as to be in with your chance to win by buying raffle tickets, you can click here for more information!

This competition is now closed.

ALBANY PRIDE STATEMENT:
ALBANY BAPTIST CHURCH PROMOTES DANGEROUS CONVERSION THERAPY

It has come to the attention of ALBANY PRIDE that the Albany Baptist Church is hosting an event promoting religious “gay conversion” therapy: that is, the pseudoscientific and completely discredited practice that one can “cure” themselves of being LGBTQA+.

Naturally, ALBANY PRIDE condemns, in no uncertain terms, this abhorrent and barbaric practice. 

Not only is this kind of practice entrenched with deep-rooted homophobia and transphobia, but it is also incredibly dangerous. Practitioners of this abhorrent practice will often have absolutely no training in the field of psychology or psychiatry (or will have been “trained” at an institution that is not recognised and widely discredited) – meaning already vulnerable people, many of whom are already experiencing intense grief and trauma, are being placed in harm’s way by people who are completely unqualified to help them. 

There has also been increasing concern and evidence that this practice is used against teenagers and children, causing lasting psychological damage.

The Australian Psychological Society also condemns the practice, and states that “no professional practice in Australia supports these approaches”, and has supported an Australian-wide ban on the practice. 

Albany Pride echoes the words of Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who states, “The conversion movement’s activities are proven to be ineffective and harmful. Telling someone they are broken or sick because of who they are is profoundly psychologically damaging.”

LGBTQIA+ already suffer significantly higher rates of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, psychological distress and suicide attempts. 

A large part of the reason for this is the entrenched homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and other forms of Queerphobia that place them in this vulnerable position: the kind of ideology which is at the heart of the “conversion therapy” promoted by Albany Baptist Church. 

Proponents of the kind of dangerous conversion practices will argue that this is a “freedom of religion” issue. It isn’t. It’s an issue of public health and safety. It’s an issue of protecting the wellbeing of vulnerable people against a practice which has no scientific basis, and is widely condemned and discredited by experts in the field of mental health and psychology. It is an issue of protecting people from a damaging con. 

Which is why, of course, you won’t hear from people who have suffered as a result of these  “conversion practices” at these events. You won’t hear of the abuse and self-loathing they were forced to endure at the hands of these charlatans. Nor will you hear the experiences of the vast majority of people who endured this and weren’t “cured” because it simply doesn’t work. You’ll only hear, just like in any scam, the people who continue to believe the lie and the people who help perpetuate it: this is, put simply, snake oil salespeople flogging more snake oil. 

The people who promote and perpetuate these abhorrent practices may feel they are doing this out of genuine compassion or an act of kindness to help people out of the the goodness of their own hearts but, being LGBTQIA+ is not a choice. It is not a disorder, and it doesn’t need a cure. There is no conflict between being a good Christian and being LGBTQIA+.

To the LGBTQIA+ people who have experienced trauma and abuse at the hands of organisations such as the Albany Baptist Church that promote this practice and anti-LGBTQIA+ rhetoric, we see you, hear you, and recognise you. You are loved and you are accepted for who you are: sincerely and genuinely, by all of us at Albany Pride and the people that support us.

To those of you who are reading this and facing a conflict between your faith and your sexuality, gender identity, and/or intersex status: know that in reality, there is no conflict, do not let anybody convince you that there is.

To anyone who is struggling with their sexuality, gender identity and/or intersex status at this very moment: we are here for you, and we encourage you to seek support from certified professionals who will genuinely have your best interests at heart (this, of course, applies to anyone who is struggling with anything).

ALBANY PRIDE encourages Rebecca Stephens Member for Albany to confront the issue of LGBTQIA+ conversion practices with Mark McGowan, WA Labor and the State Government, to ensure these dangerous and discredited practices are outlawed, so that vulnerable people are prevented from further harm.

Included below are some support organisations people can contact if they have been affected by the issues raised in this post. PLEASE, if you need support and help, seek it. Your life is precious.

As always, we thank those who support organisations like ours and the LGBTQIA+ community.

ALBANY PRIDE
20th May, 2021

Information about LGBTQIA+ Mental Health outcomes can be accessed here, courtesy of LGBTIQ+ Health Alliance.

Support

If your life or someone else’s is in urgent danger, always ring 000.

Lifeline:
13 11 14

Youth Line:
1800 198 313

beyondblue:
1300 224 636

Mental Health Emergency Response Line: 
1300 555 788 (Metro)
1800 676 822 (Peel)
1800 552 002 (Country/Rurallink)

QLife (3pm – Midnight):
1800 184 527

headspace Albany (for people aged 12-25, Mon-Fri, 9am – 5pm):
(08) 9842 9871

ALBANY PRIDE has taken the pledge.

Domestic, family and intimate partner violence affects LGBTQIA+ people in a profound way – whether it takes place at the hands of our families, strangers or own partners.

Intimate partner violence and control is not just a heterosexual issue, yet – despite it being at least as prevalent as it is in heterosexual relationships (and perhaps more), it is a subject that is not talked about nearly enough, leading to it being labelled by many as a “silent epidemic”.

The lives and relationships of LGBTQIA+ people matter just as much as our non-LGBTQIA+ peers. LGBTQIA+ people and relationships need to be remembered when we talk about domestic, family and intimate partner violence and control. It isn’t that we deserve recognition, it is that we NEED it.

At its very core, this is an LGBTQIA+ rights issue. By remaining silent about it, we are neglecting the lives, safety and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable members of our community. We had to fight for our relationships and families to be legally recognised, and we are still fighting that same fight when it comes to domestic, family and intimate partner violence and control.

Albany Pride also recognises that there are many other communities and demographics that are often neglected or forgotten about when it comes to the subject of domestic, family and intimate partner violence and control.

LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day falls on May 28th, annually, and Albany Pride will be participating: we encourage our fellow Pride and community organisations, followers and allies to do the same.

You can also taken the pledge at https://www.dvafoundation.org/pledge

More information and support can be found at
https://sayitoutloud.org.au/?state=all

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