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World AIDS Day 2017

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World AIDS Day 2017 World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS. It is a day for people to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. Over the past few years, we’ve seen some incredible advancements in the fight against HIV and even steps towards potentially finding a cure. All this is news that is worth getting truly excited about, especially given current estimates see approximately 32 million people globally living with HIV. The fight against HIV and AIDS is not over yet. We have a generation of adults now who have never known a world without the presence of HIV and AIDS. Coupled with the fact that HIV is no longer a death sentence, it seems to be that there has become an increase in the amount of activity that could potentially transmit the virus and an apathy towards the outcome. We need to realise that the fight against HIV and AIDS is not over yet and that we do have the potential, if we all play our part, to eradicate this…

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OUTthink Will Be Back In 2018

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OUTthink Will Be Back In 2018 A little over a year ago, the first episode of the podcast OUTthink was published to the world. The aim of OUTthink was simple; to create more discussion and awareness around the LGBTQIA community and mental health issues. Over the course of the first ‘season’, our topics ranged from discussions on transgender, sexual fluidity, anxiety, shifting friendships, HIV acceptance, the impact of shame, and even a look at how we use comedy as a form of defense mechanism. In each episode, the aim was to have a casual conversation that held no objective other than to explore the topic openly and to consider what advice or insight our guests could offer based on their own experiences. What next for OUTthink? I’d really love to hear from people as to what kinds of topics and guests they would like the podcast to explore next. Our guests tend to fall into two categories; people who are specialists in their area and who can offer us advice or people who have experienced challenges and difficulties and who has a resilience that is inspiring and insightful. If there is one aim I have with OUTthink, it is to…

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POSITIVE CHANGE Campaign 2017

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POSITIVE CHANGE Campaign 2017 – Hypnosis To Help! Every year, Release Hypnosis runs POSITIVE CHANGE; an opportunity for people to get the change that they want while helping people living with HIV to get the change that they need. This year is no exception. What is POSITIVE CHANGE? The concept is simple; book in a session during December, work on the change that you wish to achieve, pay what you feel the session is worth (terms and conditions apply, refer to the link at the end of the article) and leave the session knowing that your payment is also going towards the Victorian AIDS Council to assist in the increase of awareness of HIV as well as helping those people who are living with HIV. I’ve had very mixed results over the past two years of running the campaign and it has made me aware of the fact that December can often be a difficult time to promote making a positive change in your life. This is the time of year where there are plenty of social gatherings, end of year cheer, drinks, parties; all the things that are likely to trigger vices such as drinking too much, eating too…

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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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