Each year on March 31, the world observes Transgender Day of Visibility (TDOV) to raise awareness about transgender people. It is a day to celebrate the lives and contributions of transgender people, while also drawing attention to the poverty, discrimination, and violence the community faces.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Adrian Mouhajer from ACON for sharing experiences and examples of local collaborative initiatives at LEAD’s conference Hand-in-Hand: Make it Happen… Make it Matter conference. Adrian talked about Stories Out West, an initiative of ACON, bringing together emerging and established writers who use the power of storytelling to share their experiences of being LGBTQIA+SB First Nations or LGBTQIA+ and culturally, linguistically and ethnically diverse, with a connection to Western Sydney. From stories about family, migration, love, and resilience, Stories Out West showcases the diversity of experience hidden within Western Sydney’s community of LGBTQIA+ people from multicultural backgrounds.