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Next Meeting
Nicolas Parkhill - ACON CEO
Nic will spend some time with us explaining what ACON offers the Gay community. Come and ask questions and have some interesting discussion about ACON, health, GAMMA or anything else you feel is important or relevant!

Before Nic arrives we will have the usual Support Circle to talk for a few minutes about ourselves and the things that affect our lives.

Date:Wednesday 3 Feb 2016
Time:7:15pm for 7:30 pm start
Location:ACON 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills

A note about getting into the building:
The ACON building is locked after 6pm,
so if you arrive early, please be patient. Someone on their way out of the building will usually let you in. Please wait in the lobby till a GAMMA official arrives. If you arrive after 7:30pm please call the Support Hotline 1800 804 617 or 0408 668 908 and someone will come and let you in.
Join me for dinner before the meeting!

President Message

Steven Bloom

Thanks for joining us on the GAMMA website. The purpose of GAMMA is to provide safe and confidential opportunities for men to discuss and consider issues relating to their sexuality and the relationships in their lives.

We are a peer support group run by men who have been through their own journey and we meet twice a month to listen to each other, provide support, and often have a guest speaker on a relevant topic of interest.

Many men come to their first meeting feeling vulnerable, uncertain, perhaps confused, and concerned about what lies ahead. Some face problems demanding immediate attention whilst others are still coming to grips with their own internal feelings. Whatever the case we are here to help.

It can be a big step to make a call, read this website, or attend a meeting so I've prepared a video to give you a brief overview.

Steven Bloom Welcome to GAMMA

I look forward to welcoming you at our next GAMMA meeting.

Steven Bloom
GAMMA president.

Phone Support

As well as meetings, GAMMA operates a phone support line. If you ring us, you will not be talking to a call centre but to a competent trained GAMMA member who has been on similar journey to yourself. Anyone is welcome to call for support, information and referrals.

The service has a Freecall number and you can ring from anywhere in New South Wales for the price of a local call.

So, if you've got a problem you'd like to discuss, or are hesitant about coming to a meeting in person, or simply not able to get to Sydney easily, please give us a call.

The number is 1800 804 617.

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Next Social Event

Dinner before Meetings

On their way to GAMMA meetings, some of of our men gather at the Shakespeare Hotel in Devonshire Street to enjoy a meal and a chat.

The Shakespeare is one of the old-time local pubs still around in inner Sydney: Head upstairs to find Steven Bloom (GAMMA President) there wearing a name badge, the first one to find him gets a free drink!

It's a pleasant thing to do and good value for money: most meals are $12.50, with quite a wide choice in the menu. Wednesday is $10 schnitzel night!

Even if you're not able to attend the meeting, you still have to eat, and among friends is as good a way as any.

What's New

New Website

We're working on a total revamp of the GAMMA Website and hope to include a whole bunch of new features including a special private portal that looks a little like Facebook, but is totally our own private and secure space to talk and share ideas and experiences.

If you want to help on this project or know someone that does, please send an email to the GAMMA President

John & Max

John has been a GAMMA committee member and they were both married to women before they came to terms with who they were, and found each other. (4 mins)

Meet the Blooms

GAMMA President Steven Bloom was approached by SBS program The Feed to talk about his experiences of being married and coming out. It was produced by Corrin Grant, and represents a very positive view of Steven's experience. Have a look and see for yourself! (10 mins)

 

LGBT Happiness Survey

The researchers from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) of La Trobe University have just launched the What Makes You..? survey!

What Makes You..? is the first Australian study to focus on the positive aspects of being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). The survey seeks to understand what makes LGBT people happy and fulfilled and to identify the challenges and obstacles that may prevent their happiness. The results of the survey will help governments, clinical services and community groups plan their programs and policies so they can better support LGBT Australians.

The survey will take only 20 to 30 minutes to complete and it is anonymous. What Makes You..? has been approved by the La Trobe University Ethics Committee (ref no. S15/205).

If you are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (18+ yrs) and living in Australia - please help us understand What Makes You HAPPY, What Makes You SAD, What Makes You RESILIENT and What Makes You GREAT by filling in our online survey at www.whatmakesyou.org.au

Please contact Emily via phone (T: 03 94798743) or email (E: e.bariola@latrobe.edu.au) if you have any questions about the survey.

 

Experiences of gay and married men

Researchers at The University of New South Wales, VAC, ACON and GAMMA are seeking volunteer research participants to learn about the experiences of men who are married to women and who have sex with men. There is such little current research about men in mixed orientation marriages and anxiety/depression that this will be a significant study. We encourage you to take part. Click here for information on how to take part.

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