2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. It was the year to tend to the nest egg and show off some plumage. I believe that the National Committee at AGMC have done just that this year! This year was the year of increasing our profile and also considering our future strategies, approach and of course, funding.
Earlier in the year, we had a much needed strategic session to consider our options and move us into a more prominent position. For the past 10 years, AGMC has been diligently working in the background to advocate for our multicultural and multifaith (MCMF) LGBTI brothers and sisters. However, we’ve never really been in the limelight for it and so the downside of this, is that for the past 10 years, we’ve been largely unseen by the wider LGBTI and/or multicultural communities and leaders.
So what did we get up to in 2017? Here’s a quick run down:
- We are in the finishing stages of our book, which cover the diverse and wonderful history and stories from multicultural and multifaith LGBTI people – it will be launched in Midsumma 2018, so keep an eye out for AGMC!
- We provided advice and consultations to various groups, including the NorthWest Mental Private Health Network (NWMPHN) Suicide Prevention and Intervention Project, the Family Violence Data Collection Framework, and the Pride Centre.
- Irene and Maria attended the National FECCA Conference in Darwin, to continue our slow, but steady inroads in advocating within multicultural communities and to multicultural leaders
- We attended the Victorian Government Round Table for Multifaith and LGBTI
- We held a Service Mapping Session with Red Cross, to determine what services and support are around in Victoria for our MCMF LGBTI individuals and communities.
- We established and/or increased our connections with VGLRL, Red Cross, Asian Australian Alliance, Victorian Government and of course the Marriage Equality team.
Speaking of marriage equality – the postal survey certainly threw us into a greater gear.
AGMC joined up with other MCMF groups to form the YES Alliance – and I was also asked to be their spokesperson. We spoke on the steps of Parliament and called for support from our multicultural communities to vote YES and support marriage equality. AGMC also formed relationships with groups such as Democracy in Colour and GetUp who – like everyone in the LGBTI community – have been working hard during this time.
I would like to provide a special mention to Yellowkitties – with the assistance of Irene – put together a newspaper advertorial for the Chinese newspapers, as well as a short video of an Asian mother of a gay son, candidly talking about her experience and why she was voting YES. While the advertorial was widely shared in social media, it was never accepted by any Chinese Newspapers. This is a stark reminder that AGMC has a lot of road to cover with our mission for equality and acceptance within the MCMF communities.
AGMC has many things planned for the future. In 2018, we will be holding our national conference – after 10 long years! We will also be rolling out our Training workshops to help build competency and working with MCMF LGBTI.
In the immediate future – we have the Indonesian documentary screening “Proud to be me”, organized by Budi, running tomorrow night at the Treasury Theatre. In December 2017, AGMC will host its first “United We Feast” – a dinner to unite all the MCMF groups to combat social isolation and build connections with each other.
All this hard work could not be achieved without our national committee who donate their own time (and sometimes money) to fulfil AGMC’s mission and ideals. Additionally, it is only through kind donations and memberships, that AGMC has some funds to make our connections and advocate on the behalf of MCMF LGBTI communities and individuals.
I really look forward to the future of AGMC and I hope you will continue to support us.
Best wishes, and with great appreciation,
Dr Judy Tang
President, Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council Inc.
30th October 2017