Being Valued

Preventing Gendered Violence Impacting LGBTIQA+ People at Work

LGBTQIA+ individuals, especially those who are transgender or gender diverse, face a heightened risk of experiencing gendered violence in the workplace

About Us

Transgender Victoria has partnered with Your Community Health on an exciting new project called Being Valued. Supported by WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkWell Respect Fund, Being Valued will co-design resources with LGBTIQA+ communities to help employers prevent gendered violence in the workplace.

Centering community voices throughout their development, these resources will improve the capacity of workplaces, specifically leaders, to create safe, inclusive and gender affirming workplace cultures for Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary (TGDNB) and LGBTIQA+ workers. It will be made freely available to all Victorian workplaces via the WorkWell Toolkit, reaching a large number of organisations for even greater impact.

"We look forward to engaging with community and stakeholders to develop better understandings of safer employment cultures and practices across the State, with attention to the nuances of gender diversity and gendered violence."

- Son Vivienne,
CEO of Transgender Victoria

Project Updates

11th May, 2024

Project Manager Appointed

10th April, 2024

Project Coordinator role advertised and interviews in progress

1st February, 2024

Being Valued Co-design Committee being recruited: apply here

Governance Committee

Find out more about our Governance Committee by interacting with their portraits!

Aram is an experienced public affairs professional, and nationally recognised LGBTIQ leader and advocate. Aram is interested in the power of communication, connection and collaboration to create positive change at all levels – individual, organisational, community, and societal.Aram has a background in the health and social services sectors, and has worked across both government and non-government settings, with 15 years of experience spanning direct service delivery and program management, through to public policy development and advocacy.

Aram holds a Bachelor of Science – Occupational Therapy (Curtin University) and a Master of Politics and Policy (Deakin Melbourne). Aram is currently working at Save The Children as their Chief of Staff prior to this Head of Strategic Communications at the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission.

Ruby is an award-winning advocate, public speaker and writer. Their work in LGBTIQA+ and Disability inclusion spans project management, community engagement, co-design facilitation and consultation with local, State, and Federal Governments.

An alumni of Leadership Victoria’s LGBTI Emerging Leaders and Autism Community Resource Centre’s Future Leaders programs, Ruby was the recipient of Autism Spectrum Australia’s 2020 Inspiration Award and the 2021 National Award for Disability Leadership in Inclusion for their work in LGBTIQA+ Disability. Their contribution to academia includes a research project on the Experiences of LGBTIQA+ People with Disability in Healthcare and Community Services, the findings of which have been published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Ruby is currently working at the Australian Human Rights Commission as a Specialist Adviser - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights.

Fidan is an experienced and dedicated medical doctor, with a rich background in emergency medicine, public health, and a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. They have a history of working with national and international organisations to improve public health, human rights, and specifically fostering an inclusive approach to LGBTI+ health. Their hands-on experience both in clinical and policy making settings has allowed them to hone skills in patient care, health literacy, and accessibility. Moving into the field of Business and Technology, they have been working in project management, strategic growth and commercial development.

Driven by a passion for sexual health, their future plans are specialising in Sexology to ensure inclusive, culturally-sensitive care for everyone and develop this field, especially within the Turkish cultural context.

Project Timeline

November 2023 to May 2024

Project planning
Establish Governance Committee

June 2024 to November 2024

Community consultation
Report on work-related gendered violence published

January 2025 to May 2025

Being Valued WorkWell Toolkit to launch
Toolkit to be promoted to Victorian workplaces

"YourCH and TGV have a long and proud history of partnering to improve health, equity and outcomes for LGBTIQA+ Victorians. We are excited to see how Being Valued will support workplaces in creating safer spaces for TGDNB and LGBTIQA+ workers."

- Kent Burgess,
CEO of Your Community Health

YourCH and TGV have an ongoing partnership focused on improving the health, wellbeing and safety of TGDNB and LGBTIQA+ people.

With over 65 years of combined experience in community health and advocacy, we are excited to work together on Being Valued and support safer, more inclusive and gender affirming workplace cultures in Victoria.

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