18 May 2018

Rainbow Voices Blog Launch

We have launched our monthly blog, Rainbow Voices!

It can often be a huge relief to finally feel like someone else out there is going through a similar journey to you. For most of us in rainbow families, and especially anyone thinking of starting a family, there aren’t a lot of places you can go to ask a burning question, rule books to help you with the tricky situations that pop up when you are parenting or guides to help you respond to an awkward moment with a family member or service provider. For lots of us, hearing from someone who was at a planning or parenting stage just ahead of where you are can be amazing and very helpful! We hope this blog can be that place where these helpful conversations can start.

Our aim is to amplify the voices of diverse members of rainbow families across Victoria. By sharing our personal stories we hope to break down some of the barriers we face when we start imagining, creating or managing our day-to-day lives with our new families.

Each month we will welcome a new guest blogger who will share an interesting moment from their lives –  thoughts on planning to be a parent, being a parent or just “a day in the life of” observation. You might share an encounter with a service provider and how you responded to it, a moment with a family member that was surprising or an interesting encounter with a curious child. You might be a donor, co-parent, sole parent, trans parent, fostering or exploring adoption or a step parent, parenting teenagers or toddlers. We would love to hear from you and we are sure there are others who would too!

ANYONE CAN BLOG! You do not have to be a professional writer to be a blogger – just willing to share your life publicly, to be frank, fearless or funny or open to starting a discussion on something you’ve been thinking about.

If you are interested in blogging with us, please email us at info@rainbowfamilies.org.au.

Coming Soon

Little Rainbows

Little Rainbows is a youth blog direct from the hearts and minds of the younger components of our diverse and wonderful families. Stay tuned!

17 May 2018

IDAHOBIT Day

Introducing our new Family Diversity Poster

To celebrate International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia, we are super proud to introduce our new Family Diversity poster.

Darebin City Council are supporting Rainbow Families Victoria by mailing out our Family Diversity poster to every Primary School in the municipality of Darebin. If you would like a copy mailed to your Primary School please send us an email at rainbowfamiliescouncil@gmail.com

You can download a copy here – print full colour and A3 for the best effect.

City of Darebin Flag Raising Ceremony – May 17 2018 with Mayor Kim Le Cerf.

May 6 2018

A message from the Minister for Equality

On Sunday 6 May 2018 we celebrated International Family Equality Day with the news of a fabulous new grant announcement! Rainbow Families Victoria has been granted $25,000 towards the development of an updated ‘Rainbow Families and the Law” Kit.

So much has changed for our families since we developed the first Kit in 2010 – adoption equality, changes to donor identification laws, marriage equality – not to mention the ever-changing nature of our diverse family forms: trans and gender diverse parents, non-binary parents, separated families and more families forming through altruistic surrogacy. See the Minister for Equality Martin Foley – making his announcement here.

1 April 2018

Annual General Meeting

Our 2016/2017 Annual General Meeting is coming up

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 19 April 2018, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

We are delighted to invite you to join us at our annual general meeting followed by a lively discussion and Q&A session on “Raising Sexually Health Kids” presented by Jenny Walsh.

Jenny is a Melbourne-based author, teacher, parent and developer of sexuality education for primary and secondary students. Jenny has written research-based curriculum resources, trained teachers for many years and regularly talks with parent groups. Jenny has also worked closely with LGBTI young people and rainbow families in her previous work through the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society over many years.

Her excellent resource development includes “Talk soon talk often” – a guide for parents talking to their kids about sex” commissioned by the WA Department of Health and “Catching on early – teaching and learning activities from prep to Year 6” is an evidence-based resource founded on research into sexuality education and child sexual development commissioned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood, Victorian Government in 2013.

Jenny definitely knows her stuff, has lots of experience working with rainbow families and LGBTI young people, and we are delighted to have her present at the AGM.

You can findout more about Jenny and her work here: http://jennywalsh.com.au/

AGENDA: 6.30pm Refreshments – you can hand in your proxy or nomination forms or update your membership by 6.45pm unless emailed prior to the meeting.
7pm AGM (it will be quick!)
Followed by the discussion led by Jenny with time for your questions and answers.
8.20pm finish.

VENUE: We are meeting at Drummond street services – 100 Drummond Street Carlton. Parking in and around Drummond street can be tricky so consider car-pooling or check out evening parking at the Museum. For local car parks check:

http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/parking-and-transport/parking/parking-locations-fees/Pages/parking-locations-and-fees.aspx

Can I bring the Baby?  
Babies and toddlers welcome but the content of the discussion may not be age-appropriate for children over 2 years of age. Please let us know if childcare is required for you to be able to attend as we will be happy to arrange alternatives at the venue.

Drummond Street Services is accessible and LGBTIQ friendly.

Please inform us of any specific access needs you require. Email info@rainbowfamilies.org.au

RSVP: The AGM  is FREE however for catering purposes we ask that you let us know you are attending via Eventbrite – click here. 

NOMINATE FOR THE COMMITTEE: Financial Members can nominate, vote and send a proxy. Proxy forms and nominations forms are available on (you might need to right click to save the file then print it)

RFV Committee Nomination Form 2017 to 2018

RFV AGM Proxy Form 2018

BECOME A FINANCIAL MEMBER: If you are already a financial member you will receive an email this week from RFV. If you don’t receive the email by Friday 30 March from us it means you are not currently financial. To nominate for the committee or to vote at the AGM you must be a financial member.

It’s easy and cheap to join! Just $10 or $20 per family (you get to decide who is in your family!)

Complete your payment details here.

Thank you and see you soon!

RFV Committee.