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Supporting our families at school on the postal survey result day.

IMG_2113With the survey result announcement scheduled for 10am, our  schools need to plan ahead and think about how they may manage any distress, or celebrations, in their school community.

We have put together a new handout for our families and our schools called Supporting our families at school on the postal survey result day to help us think about how we might support ourselves, our children and our whole school communities on Wednesday 15 November.

Please print or email this handout for your child’s teachers, school principal or wellbeing support staff. Send to other rainbow families, your allies and supporters too so they can think about supporting their children on the day too.


Rainbow Families Victoria are supporting two events on the postal survey announcement day.


Join us from 9am at the Victorian State Library so we can support each other and our children when we hear from the Australian Bureau of Statistics at 10am. We will be under the big tree so bring a picnic rug so we can relax  – there will be a big screen followed by music and speakers.



Darebin City Council are holding an after school event from 3pm to 7pm at Northcote Town Hall, High Street Northcote. Music, silent disco, comedian and some refreshments. It will be a kid-friendly vide with inside spaces also available. Silent Disco kicks off at 4pm and again at 5.30pm – shake off the tension with a boogie down High St!


If you feel upset, are alone or want to talk consider attending one of these events with us – even without your children. We’d love to see you.  Friends, allies and families all very welcome too.


You can also contact SWITCHBOARD from 3pm that day for confidential counselling and support on the phone or webchat.

1800 184 527




New and updated as of September 22, 2017.

We have proudly launched three new information sheets for Rainbow families, our early childhood centres and schools as well as our allies and supporters. These information sheets provide tips and ideas for supporting rainbow families and LGBTIQ young people during the eight week postal vote thingy campaign period.

IMG_1765Download, email to friends, post on FB, take a copy to school to show the principal or a supportive teacher, or share with your workmates – we need our allies and friends now more than ever.

Supporting rainbow families – a guide for early childhood services

Supporting rainbow families and LGBTIQ students – a guide for primary & secondary schools

Allies – stepping up and speaking out

Minister Merlino letter regarding postal survey 2017

The Victorian Minister for Education released a fabulous statement for state government schools – download it and take it to school. Get it reprinted in the newsletter!

LETTERBOX STICKERS! We will have some  for your to pick up at the Darebin Family Fun Day on Sunday 17 September. If you would like a bundle to hand to rainbow families or friends please email info@rainbowfamilies.org.au and we will post you some asap !

Stay tuned for lots of fun family self care and community events over the next few months. Send ideas to info@rainbowfamilies.org.au

Feeling like you need to talk? Contact Switchboard for confidential, free phone counseling  -1800 184 527.

The High Court challenge to the postal plebiscite.

Both cases were dismissed on Thursday 7 September meaning that the government’s postal survey vote thingy can now go ahead.

On Tuesday 5 September, a two day High Court hearing will begin in Melbourne. There are two challenges to the federal government’s postal plebiscite proposal being heard together. Documents pertaining to both cases can be found on the High Court register of current cases.

The first case is coordinated by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre with Felicity Marlowe (Rainbow Families Victoria’s ED), Andrew Wilkie MP (Independent MP, Tasmania) and Shelley Argent (PFLAG Australia). You can read an explainer of the challenge here:

Explainer: The High Court Marriage Equality Postal Survey Case

The second case is coordinated by the Human Rights Law Centre and includes Australian Marriage Equality and Senator Janet Rice, Greens Senator for Victoria as plaintiffs. You can read their explainer here.

Follow @RainbowFamVic or our facebook page on Rainbow Families Victoria for details on the case as it unfolds over Tuesday and Wednesday this week.


To donate to the PIAC case and to support Felicity, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/high-court-postal-vote-challenge



We have started the new year with a bang by launching our new Rainbow Families Victoria logo AND our new official Facebook page!  We celebrated our 10 year anniversary by launching a new rainbow heart logo – you’ll be seeing more of it – and us – in the coming months:

rainbow-families-victoria-square-logoLike our new facebook page   – news, events, surveys and requests will all be posted on this page:



Rainbow Families Victoria
You can chat and discuss issues and ideas with other rainbow families around Victoria on our discussion group:


Rainbow Families Victoria Discussion Group


Senate  Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill – Report due on February 15.

Rainbow Families Victoria wrote a submission  and also presented at the Public Hearing in Melbourne on Monday 23 January. You can read our submission here:

Rainbow Families Victoria submission 130117

Rainbow Families Victoria does not support any amendments made in the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill that will significantly erode or wind back existing anti-discrimination protections or where such amendments create further unnecessary or discriminatory exemptions.

You can read about the Inquiry and submissions received here.

Rainbow Families Victoria stands up for Safe Schools

Alongside the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria and 14 other organisations who support LGBTIQ young people, Rainbow Families Victoria wrote to the Minister for Education outlining our concerns about the move to embed Safe Schools Victoria into the department.

We met with the Deputy Secretary for Education on December 22 and will meet the Minister for Education on January 18, 2017.


Adoption Equality commences in Victoria

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Adoption equality image

On 1 September 2016 the Adoption Amendment (Adoption by Same-Sex Couples) Act 2015 comes into effect. This means that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) couples can now apply to adopt in Victoria, under the same circumstances as any other couple. Find out more.

We are a volunteer community organisation based in Victoria, Australia. We support and promote equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or intersex, and their children).