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Voices from the Black Rainbow: The inclusion of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI Sistergirl and Brotherboys people in health, wellbeing and suicide prevention strategies

Indigenous Lesbian Gay Bisexual Queer Trans Intersex (LGBQTI) community voices including Indigenous Transgender people who identify as Sistergirl and Brotherboy are absent from both Indigenous and LGBQTI Suicide Prevention Strategies and Activities. Whilst the challenges of providing these voices in a suicide prevention strategy have been identified (Holland, Dudgeon, Milroy 2013), and the National LGBQTI Health Alliance (2012) further indicate that more research needs to be conducted in this area the absence does leave a feeling of being forgotten. The lack of Indigenous LGBQTI voices in suicide prevention activities is not believed to be a result of homophobia or racism but rather unintentional heterosexism and Eurocentric privilege. At the recent “Power Through Action” Human Rights Forum in Darwin sample voices of the Indigenous LGBQTI community were collected via an Indigenous methodology called “Yarning Circles” (Bessarab & Ng’andu 2010). Bessarab & Ng’andu (2010) explain Yarning as“an informal conversation that is culturally friendly and recognised by Aboriginal people as meaning to talk about something, someone, or provide and receive information.” Curtin, Gibson and Dudgeon confirm Yarning as a suitable research method, particularly as a responsive technique in Indigenous health (2013). For the purposes of this paper a “Yarning Circle” was used in a similar fashion to a workshop.

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