"Young Aboriginal LGBTI people are killing themselves. We need to protect them"

"I used to imagine all the ways I could kill myself, every conceivable scenario, what I would write on my suicide note. There was a dark jungle of confusion inside me and I couldn’t see my way clear of it. As an teenager I often thought of death."

By Allan Clarke, a Muruwari man and investigative journalist at National Indigenous TV. A Muruwari man from Bourke in far western New South Wales, Allan hosts NITV's flagship news and current affairs program, 'The Point.'

I often thought of death through my teenage years.

The thought of being gay was almost too much to bear.

I used to imagine all the ways I could kill myself, every conceivable scenario, what I would write on my suicide note.

There was a dark jungle of confusion inside me and I couldn’t see my way clear of it. ...

Now, as a community we need to raise a fist for our young people who are struggling with their sexuality.

We need to draw on that spirit and stand up to the homophobia in our community, a concept that was delivered to us through sermons by missionaries that stole us from our families and forced us to believe our own culture was sinful.

Vote yes for our dignity and because it’s the right thing to do.

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Black Rainbow:
Mental health and the Indigenous queer community

19 Oct 2017

‘Diversity is being invited to the party. Inclusion is being asked to dance’ – Verna Myers

'Dameyon Bonson, recipient of the Dr. Yunupingu Human Rights Award 2016, is working to strengthen Indigenous communities and improve the access to mental health services by Indigenous Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender and Intersex people and decrease homophobia and transphobia associated trauma.'

'OIP caught up with Dameyon on the eve of his Perth ‘Indigenous LGBQTI Inclusive Practices in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention’ workshop. One of several recent workshops that will have trained over 130 people to;

Increase their knowledge of the needs of Indigenous LGBQTI people.
Identify what micro-aggressions are and look at how they operate and affect people’s experience in all levels of health system.
Demonstrate how our attitudes and values impact on the people we work with.
Provide a safe environment for learning. '

It’s time to talk about the suicide rates of Indigenous LGBTI people in Australia

'Nobody knows exactly how many LGBTI Indigenous Australians commit suicide each year, but we know it's a lot.

'A new report released last week has highlighted the urgent need to address this issue.'

~ Shannon Power — March 21, 2016

Indigenous Suicide, Sexuality and Gender Diverse Populations

Author: Dameyon Bonson

'Dameyon Bonson, a Mangarayi and Torres Strait Islander man, based in the Kimberley.
He has a keen interest in social enterprise and value based market economics.
His expertise includes Indigenous suicide prevention and strategising Male health engagement. ... '

New report highlights need for Indigenous LGBQTI suicide prevention strategies

'A new report from Black Rainbow founder Dameyon Bonson, hopes to change the conversation about Indigenous LGBWTI health, well-being and suicide prevention in Australia.'

By NITV Staff Writer 16 Feb 2017

#ATSISPEP
Report identifies need for change in Indigenous suicide prevention

Suicide was unknown to Aboriginal people prior to invasion.

Appalling living conditions and past traumas have led to a suicide rate
that by far exceeds that of non-Aboriginal people.

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