Voices for Equality and Respect Summit

Please join Women’s Health East at a summit to launch the ‘Voices for Equality and Respect: LGBTIQ Young People in the East’ project report.

About this Event

Join us for discussions around the ways heteronormative societal attitudes and practices impact on LGBTIQ young people’s relationships with intimate partners and family of origin, and to hear from advocates, activists and project participants.

Guest speakers include:

Darcy Vescio 

Using her platform as a star Carlton footy player Darcy has a history of standing up, speaking out and challenging demeaning and sexist remarks against women and girls. She is a champion of LGBTIQ inclusiveness and through her stellar performance on the field she increases the visibility of culturally and gender diverse leaders.

DR Philomena Horsley

Hon. Senior Research Fellow for the Gender and Women’s Health Unit at the University of Melbourne, Philomena is a medical anthropologist with broad expertise in women’s health, LGBTIQ health, sexuality and sexual health. Philomena is the lead researcher for the Voices for Equality and Respect project.

The Voices for Equality and Respect project aims to expand our understanding of family violence beyond leading heteronormative frameworks and narratives. Evidence suggests intimate partner violence is as prevalent in LGBTIQ communities as it is in the general population. However there are significant gaps in our understanding of what drives family violence in the LGBTIQ context has major implications for prevention efforts.

Women’s Health East’s Voices for Equality and Respect project addresses this by elevating the voices of young queer people and exploring their distinct understanding of equal and respectful relationships.


We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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