As part of NAIDOC Week 2017 we are celebrating some amazing organisations who do awe inspiring work across Australia and the Torres Strait. Please take a moment to learn about their work and listen to their stories and needs.
Sisters and Brothers NT
Sisters & Brothers NT is an advocacy and support group that celebrates gender, intersex and sexuality diversity. Their aim is to create a society where diversity is respected and understood across cultures. By providing a safe space for Sistergirls, Brotherboys, Indigenous and non-Indigenous LGBTIQ people to come together, they develop stronger communities, create social change and address issues of racism, sexism, homophobia and gender inequality.
Sisters & Brothers NT :
- Advocate for gender, sex and sexuality diversity in the NT, with a strong focus on communities and individuals whom are marginalised or living in remote areas.
- Advocate for and/or deliver educational forums to engage elders, communities and families about gender, sex and sexuality diversity.
- Advocate for inclusive service provision for Sistergirl/Brotherboy, LGBTIQ people in remote communities with a holistic health approach
- Act as a consultative body on gender, sex and sexuality diverse identities in the NT for the media, service providers, the community and policy makers.
- Promote cross cultural exchange and inclusion by actively working together. Through the process of reconciling, within ourselves and with others, we create greater harmony in our community.
- Promote art/performance of Sistergirls/Brotherboy GLB people.
- Provide education surrounding the strong cultural practises of Sistergirls/Brotherboys GLB people.
- Provide peer support for young GLBTI people.
- Advocate for the mental health and wellbeing needs, including suicide prevention initiatives for gender, sex and sexuality diversity in the NT.
In their own words:
Brotherboys are Indigenous transgender people with a male spirit, whose bodies were considered female at birth. Brotherboys choose to live their lives as male, regardless of which stage/path medically they choose. Brotherboys have a strong sense of their cultural identity.
Sistergirls are Aboriginal transgender women (assigned male at birth) who have a distinct cultural identity and often take on female roles within the community, including looking after children and family. Many Sistergirls live a traditional lifestyle and have strong cultural backgrounds. Their cultural, spiritual, and religious beliefs are pivotal to their lives and identities.
For more information check out their website or contact them below:
- Website: http://www.sistersandbrothersnt.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SistersBrothersNTCelebratingDiversity/