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OUTthink Now Has a Home On Facebook

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OUTthink Now Has a Home On Facebook You mean it hasn’t been there all along? I know! Right! So we’ve fixed that and you can now OUTthink has it’s very own page on Facebook along with the Release Hypnosis Facebook page. You now have the option to like one or the other, or both! Each podcast will also be uploaded against the Facebook page to make it easier for you to find. Of course, if you enjoy the podcasts, why not feel free to share the Facebook page with your friends and encourage them to give it a LIKE so they can be informed when each new fortnightly podcast is published. We’ve covered a wide range of topics already since starting in November last year and our commitment is to making the podcast even more diverse and even controversial topics. Having said that, if you have a story that you think is worth sharing and that may help others within the LGBT community, then why not drop me a line so that we can chat further and see if we can get your story out there with OUTthink.

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OUTthink – Anthony Lekkas Talks On Same-Sex Domestic Violence

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OUTthink – Anthony Lekkas Talks On Same-Sex Domestic Violence Domestic violence is a massive problem in our society yet we often don’t stop to think about how domestic violence can impact on LGBT relationships. In a world where male ‘rough and tumble’ can often be normalised, how does domestic violence become understood within a same-sex relationship. In this episode of OUTthink, Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Facilitator, Anthony Lekkas explores what domestic violence is (across emotional and physical) along with the impact that it has on the LGBT community. About out guest, Anthony Lekkas Anthony is a qualified and registered counsellor and psychotherapist with the Australian Counselling Association. He has over ten years of experience at working in the not-for-profit sector at providing therapeutic services to young people, adults and couples. Anthony also has experience at facilitating a range of therapeutic and support groups. Anthony’s professional work experience has given him the privilege to support various relationship circumstances for relationship strengthening, conflict resolution, family separation and family/ domestic violence. Anthony provides a non-judgemental, understanding and safe environment for you to explore your relationship tensions and difficulties in order to arrive at a more equal, compassionate, nurturing and loving bond. Anthony’s work history…

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OUTthink – Scott Brennan Returns To Talk LGBT And Comedy

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OUTthink – Scott Brennan Returns to Talk LGBT and Comedy The latest OUTthink has comedian, writer, producer, actor and Golden Gibbo Award winner, Scott Brennan return to conclude our chat on gay men and their use of humour as being both the butt of the joke as well as using humour and comedy as a defence mechanism. Last podcast, Scott talked about how he used humour during his school days in order to fit in with the rest of the group and how it has impacted on how he writes comedy for the mainstream audience. This time around, we continue our chat on the film ‘The Boys In The Band’ as well as looking at some of our favourite gay characters from television series in the past. This podcast is part 2 of a 2 part podcast. Part 1 is available in the links under About OUTthink Podcast below. Since releasing this podcast, I’ve come across another Youtube video that may be of interest to people with this topic. About Scott Brennan Scott is an actor, comedian and writer who has appeared in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, countless television shows including skitHouse, Comedy Inc, Agony Uncles and Neighbours, podcaster…

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OUTthink – Scott Brennan – Gay Men and Humour

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OUTthink – Scott Brennan – Gay Men and Humour The latest OUTthink is an interesting podcast simply because of the fact that we’re handling a topic you may not have thought of before; gay men and humour. More specifically, how gay men are used as the butt of jokes and also how gay men frequently use humour as a form of defence mechanism. It should be noted here that the entire LGBTQIA community are frequently the butt of jokes by the mainstream AND use humour as a defense mechanism (many people do regardless of sexual orientation) however, for the purpose of today’s podcast, instead of trying to be all encompassing, we have focused largely on gay men. It has often been said that humour needs to have an element of truth in order to be funny and that it is a reflection of the society that it comes from. For this reason, laughing with or at the gay and lesbian community can be both something that brings us together as well as something that can bring each of us down in shame and self-loathing. We’ve all bonded over a joke in some cases while being the butt of someone else’s…

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OUTthink – Matthew Cooksey – A Discussion on ‘The Velvet Rage’

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OUTthink – Matthew Cooksey – A Discussion on ‘The Velvet Rage’ It was around the middle of last year that my supervisor recommended that I read ‘The Velvet Rage’. I had mentioned how my focus was working with the LGBT community and he had reached over to his very large, very full bookcase and pulled out a copy like it had been sitting there waiting for me to arrive. I immediately went out and purchased a copy so that I could immerse myself in a book that had become a foundation of my past year. Since then, I’ve recommended the book many times to clients who have come in to see me as well as writing my own review on my blog. I first contacted Matthew because of ‘The Velvet Rage’. I noticed that he was running free workshops based on ‘The Velvet Rage’ and the concept fascinated me. I had been putting the plans in place to start OUTthink by that point and thought that Matthew could be a great guest to talk about this book that we were both so passionate about. And so, it finally happened. In a decision not to cut the conversation down into two…

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The Psychology of Drag

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The Psychology of Drag I’m always fascinated with the reaction I get when I speak with gay men and ask them, ‘have you done drag before?’ The reactions that I receive range from telling me with excitement about a crazy night out through to horror, disgust and outrage that I would even think they could consider doing such a thing. Within the LGBTQIA community, there seems to be an extremely mixed view on the ‘art of drag’, yet it is one of the few art forms which seem to remain exclusively in our community and our history; after all, had it not been for the drag queens, the Stonewall riots would never have happened! Throughout my life, I’ve had an occasional opportunity to experience drag and have always found it to be an interesting and intriguing experience. When putting on the drag, it feels as though a new individual is coming through. Who I am moves into the background and some new comes forward. This someone is often more assertive, direct, confident, and capable of doing things that normal old Lawrence just couldn’t have done. It is a night of different opportunities and different conversations… and extremely sore feet! I…

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OUTthink Podcast Hits 10 Episodes!

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OUTthink Podcast Hits 10 Episodes! So, let’s be honest… hitting 10 episodes of a fortnightly podcast isn’t really that big of a deal however it felt like it was time to begin speaking a little bit more about this podcast that I’ve been investing some time and energy into. OUTthink is a podcast aiming to shine a light into some of the mental health and psychological issues that impact on the LGBT community. In my previous posting ‘Why I Created OUTthink‘, I outlined that LGBT folk have a unique relationship with shame during our childhood development. As kids, we knew we were different. We weren’t sure exactly in what way. We definitely couldn’t put a label on it, yet we could feel it and we knew the other kids knew too. As a result, we often allow the toxic effects of shame take impact; creation of the false self, rage, people pleasing, addiction – all common ways to deal with this feeling underneath that we were inescapably flawed and unlovable. As we find out place in ‘the community’, we begin to move more towards dismantling these shame messages and becoming more authentic. OUTthink really aims to both bring topics that…

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OUTthink – Episode 10 – Dean Beck – Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs

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OUTthink – Episode 10 – Dean Beck – Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs I’ll be honest; I approached this interview with a certain amount of anxiety. Here I was, about to sit down with one of Australia’s most well-known LGBT interviewers, who’s body of work covers all aspects of the Australian (and international) LGBT world. Our topic; Mental Health, Sexual Health, HIV and Drugs – four topics that are so interconnected yet rarely approached in that way. In this chat, we discovered why it is so rarely attempted. We touch on several points around each of the topics before, hopefully, bringing them all together around the concept of individual identity towards the end. It’s a 30-minute journey worth having a listen to! About Dean Beck Producer. Broadcaster. Community Advocate. ENUF Ambassador. Dean Beck has over 5 years experience as a broadcaster and radio producer. Dean is the founder and original presenter of community radio’s most popular show about sex, sexuality and self, Hide And Seek. He presents the nationally syndicated interview program Word For Word, heard each week on JOY 94.9 and across the Community Radio Network. He also presents a weekly news and current affairs program, On…

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Release Hypnosis Celebrates It’s Two Year Anniversary

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Release Hypnosis Celebrates It’s Two Year Anniversary No one knows when they start a small business if it is going to be successful or not. The fact that Release Hypnosis is still going strong two years on is something I’m happy to celebrate. I used hypnosis to make the changes I needed in my life and it began my desire to learn more. Over the past two years, I’ve seen a diverse range of people and helped them to overcome issues that were making life difficult for them. I’ve worked with everything from sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, stress, addiction, OCD, smoking cessation, weight management, virtual gastric bands, nail biting, fear of flying, fear of driving, resolving grief, pain management… you name it, I’ve been asked about it. Even better is that I’ve been able to provide some much-needed niche services to Melbourne. I began running the successful Recording for Hypnotherapists Workshops, helping to teach local therapists skills to provide ongoing support to their clients and to help build their business. I also collaborated on a workshop that explored shame and the impacts it has on our lives. I started OUTthink – a podcast that shines a light onto the mental…

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Why Are We Still Scared Of Seeing Two Men Kissing?

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Why are we still scared of seeing two men kissing? Scott McKinnon, Western Sydney University Although details remain uncertain, the father of Omar Mateen has claimed that his son’s murderous acts in Orlando’s Pulse nightclub last Saturday may have been inspired by the sight of two men kissing. In response, a twitter campaign with the hashtag #TwoMenKissing has encouraged men to tweet photographs of themselves kissing another man. This is an act of pride and defiance in the face of violent oppression. It also reveals the ongoing politics of men kissing in public. In countries like the United States and Australia, where variant sexualities are increasingly accepted, showing affection in public continues to carry risk. A long history of censorship and erasure has weighted the gay kiss with meaning and often excluded it from view. Those of us who grew up watching TV and going to the movies were fed a constant diet of heterosexual fare, in which the sight of straight couples kissing was so common as to go unmentioned. The entire premise of stories that became films like Snow White and The Little Mermaid is that a kiss from a man will save a woman (or girl). This…

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