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Rainbow Knowledge: Broome & Kununurra

Rainbow Knowledge: Broome & Kununurra is a First Nations led research project that aims to explore the perspectives, social emotional wellbeing (SEWB) and mental health experiences of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Asexual (LGBTQA+) or other sexually and/or gender diverse identifying young people living in the Broome and Kununurra.

The Rainbow Knowledge: Broome and Kununurra project arose out of the Walkern Katatdjin: Rainbow Knowledge project and community report which looked at the wellbeing of LGBTQA+ Aboriginal young people living in Perth only. Some of the participants were from the Kimberley but living away from home and noted there was a need to facilitate the project in the Kimberley too. The Rainbow Knowledge: Broome & Kununurra Project Advisory Group and Community Research Assistant provide the researchers with area-based support and knowledge of the First Nations LGBTQA+ community experience and with the help of specific Aboriginal health services, we have begun recruitment for Broome and Kununurra.

Meet our Community Research Assistant:

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Ngaire Pigram

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Ngaire Pigram, a queer Wajarri and Yawuru person from Broome, is the Community Research Assistant for Rainbow Knowledge: Broome & Kununurra. Ngaire has worked in film, television, and media for over fifteen years and is passionate about supporting and raising the voices of First Nations LGBTQA+ young people. She spent three years at the National Drug Research Institute working as a Research Assistant on the YAWG project.

For more information about the project, get in contact with Ngaire at:

Rainbow.Knowledge@telethonkids.org.au

(08) 6319 1229

 

Or contact our Perth team on:

(08) 6319 1062

See our project artwork:

A woman stands leaning slightly to her right in front of a blue and brown swirling pattern that blends into her clothing. She has purple streaks in her fringe and hair worn in two buns. An Aboriginal flag and bisexual flag are worn on the left side of her chest. Artist signature on left shoulder reads: ‘Manmiya’

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Manmiya

@manmiya

I am a out and proud bisexual Bunuba wiyi (woman). I was lucky enough to grow up on country in the beautifully quiet township of Fitzroy Crossing.

One of the many reasons I love being Aboriginal is my amazing, and huge family. I’m a part of a community, and there’s no greater feeling than that.
But something I didn’t see when I was younger, was queer people in my community. It is a very personal choice for a queer person to come out or not. And I respect that choice.
I have made the choice to be out and visible. For my younger siblings (cousins), and for my younger self. To know that there is nothing wrong with you, and it is ok to be yourself.

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