January 13, 2017

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THE ESSENTIALS OF LGBTI INCLUSION AND SUPPORT

I’m sitting with Ashleigh* and Jamie*, with whom I have shared colourful friendships. They are both in high school: Ashleigh is 18 years old, and Jamie is 15 years old, and they both identify as genderqueer: more specifically, bisexual and biromantic. I decide to focus our discussion primarily on how subtle homophobic discrimination, verbal and […]

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January 13, 2017

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BANYULE 100 – AHMED HASSAN

  “Whatever you do in life, you’ve got to give back to your community.” Those are the words of Ahmed Hassan, 20, one of the founders of Youth Activating Youth (YAY), an organisation that helps disadvantaged multicultural young people navigate their way through life. Ahmed says the organisation works to improve the employment, health, education, […]

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January 13, 2017

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BANYULE 100 – RICHO EUSTON

“We grow up to be the people we wish we were around when we were young”, a favourite quote of Richard `Richo’ Euston, a youth worker at Banyule Council. In his time working with Banyule, 34 year-old Richo has developed some great programmes such as the Rainbow Space Program along with helping out in the […]

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January 13, 2017

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BANYULE 100 – LILY KINGBAWL

Content note: this article discusses sexual assault and violence and may be confronting for some readers. ** When I first met Lily, she greeted me with a warm smile and shook my hand. She was mature and kind, and her positivity was contagious. I’d never have anticipated the journey she’d taken to be where she […]

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January 13, 2017

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HOW THE STRONG FEMALE LEAD CAN BE STRONGER

The ‘Strong Female Lead’ has now become a genre in its own right. And it should be. It’s about time we enjoy the joys and spoils of writing, directing, and portraying female protagonists. The genre comprises of any film or TV show that has at least one or more female protagonists who are given significant […]

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January 13, 2017

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ALL YOU NEED IS A LITTLE R-E-S-P-E-C-T

  Want to hear something surprising? The definition of self-respect is: “Pride and confidence in oneself; a feeling that one is behaving with honour and dignity.” I see four key words here: pride, confidence, honour and dignity. I ask you, how could you possibly look at a young woman and decide that the clothes which […]

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January 6, 2017

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2016 AND THE ARTS FUNDING CUTS

So if I’m being honest, 2016 hasn’t been the greatest year. There have been the deaths of David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman and Gene Wilder (amongst many others). Brock Turner spent only three months in jail for rape. Donald Trump is the President elect and Time’s Person of the Year. Suicide Squad apparently was rubbish. […]

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December 12, 2016

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FANTASTIC BEASTS – SNAPPY JAWS AND SWANKY AMERICAN ACCENTS

I had high expectations Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them directed by David Yates who is a veteran director of the Harry Potter productions. I wanted this film to become another cornerstone of my childhood. It starts with Newt Scamander visits 1920s New York City on a mission for some of many hundreds of […]

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