Âriké, Bonjour,  Boyou , Bozu, Bula vinaka, Bunji, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Hai, Halo ola keta, Hola,  Kia Orana, Ia Orana, Tālofa lava, Taloha ni, Malo e lelei, Mālō te ma'uli, Halo ola keta, Tēnā koutou, warm Pacific greetings to all. 

In the world pre-COVID-19, this inaugural email would have been to invite you to our new ILGA Oceania Bulletin and also to our 4th ILGA Oceania regional conference, scheduled to be August 30th - September 4th in the beautiful island nation of New Caledonia. 

In this time of crisis, loss and challenge that COVID-19 and now compounded by the recent devastation Cyclone Harold has wrought, we the ILGA Oceania Board stand with you in love and solidarity. 
We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will be advising of any changes.

We are dual-tracking our options and we hope there is a miracle which means our in-person conference will go ahead, however, we are being prudent and have a cyber-gathering/connection in the early stages of development.

If people are considering booking tickets or accommodation, we strongly advise that any purchases are fully refundable.

If we do have to cancel our in-person conference this year, our next regional conference will still be taking place in Noumea (date to be advised). The Diversités Nouvelle-Calédonie planning team has been doing an astonishing job of envisioning a holistic conference that focuses on diversity, well-being and climate justice-related issues within a SOGI and human rights context.
COVID-19: #inthistogether:

As the new CoronaVirus disease (COVID-19) has been declared a global pandemic, we at ILGA World are thinking of you.  We will continue to support our global family even during these difficult days: our work will need to adjust, but we will be there for you as always. Also, check out our list of smart working and well-being resources for LGBTI persons!

Spread positive messages for our communities. In these tough days, when isolation becomes a concrete risk, even a small gesture can make a difference!
Join ILGA World's Campaign:
Now more than ever, this is a time for solidarity; let’s commit to continue to look out for each other.

Postcards for our communities #inthistogether

ILGA Europe: Protect, Adapt, Rally #TheWorkGoesOn

National LGBTI Health Alliance: Resource Hub

ACON: COVID-19 Update: Casual Sex and Social Distancing 

Equality Australia: COVID-19 and Australian LGBTIQ+ Communities

Aboriginal Health Council of Western Australia - Coronavirus Updates 

Stay Strong on Country - Darwin, Northern Territory
Facebook Video: Larrakia Elder, Aunty Bilawara Lee 

Fiji Women's Rights Movement: Joint Statements and Submissions re COVID-19

APCOM: The COVID-19 Effect Series

LeVa: #CatchYourself Factsheet Series: Trouble in your bubble?  


Deaf Consultancy Pacific: Coronavirus Information for Deaf Oceania Communities - YouTube Video

Asia-Pacific Transgender Network ResourcesSurvey and #SeeUsSupportUs Campaign 

Alliance LGBTI Franco Océanienne Survey: Situation of LGBTI people facing Covid-19 . It concerns LGBTI people from French-speaking countries in the Pacific region (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Vanuatu, Wallis & Futuna)

InterACT: Intersex Resources in the Time of COVID-19

Te Ngākau Kahukura: How could COVID-19 affect rainbow young people?  

International Disability Alliance: COVID 19 and the disability movement 

Drummond Street Queerspace: Advocacy at the Intersections during Covid 19 and Fearless Movement Collective Online Stretch and Relaxation 

Global Interfaith Network: Prayers in Times of Crisis -  Soundcloud Add GIN to YOUR Coffee  Zoom call at 10 am (CAT) each weekday 

Queer Sisterhood: Resources for LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum and refugees on COVID-19

9 Strategies for Quarantining in a Non-LGBTQ+ Affirming Environment - them.

Bienvenido to our new ILGA members:
Latin American and Hispanic Rainbow Community (LAHRC).

LAHRC are a social and support network for Latin Americans and Hispanics who identify as from the LGBTI community, we provide information on sexual health, events, support services and referrals for this community in Australia.
We welcome rainbow ally and SOGI organisations to join our ILGA family!

ILGA World is a federation of 1,501 organisations from 150 countries and territories across the globe.


There are 2 types of membership options are available.
You can learn more or join by clicking the button below!

Introducing Your Current ILGA Oceania Board

There have been some changes since the 2019 election, held in Wellington at the ILGA World Conference.  Photo is of some of our Board who attended the recent Better Together Conference, Williamstown, Victoria.

Co-Chairs: Mani Mitchell and Bess Hepworth
Alternates: Ken Moala and Vanessa Lee-Ah Mat

Secretary: Rāwā Karetai
Treasurer: Simon Margan

Regional Positions
Australia: Simon Margan + Vacant
Pacific Islands: Laurent Garnier-Regal and Vaitoá Toelupe
New Zealand: Mani Mitchell and Rāwā Karetai

ILGA World Steering Committee Representatives
Bisexual: Misty Farquhar
Intersex: Mani Mitchell
Transgender: Vacant
Youth: Amasai Jeke
Women: Bess Hepworth

Specialist Representatives
Australian Indigenous: Vanessa Lee-Ah Mat
Elder: Ken Moala

Disability Advisor: Margherita Coppolino
Conference Advisor: Kevin Haunui

New Website: Please note at the time of releasing our website is under construction, but will be updated shortly.

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