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Something small that made a big difference

I am a teacher. I've worked in all different places: pre-schools, primary schools, high schools; mainstream schools, behavioural schools, special education schools, cultural schools. As someone in a same-sex relationship, I've discovered that each place has reacted to me in different ways. I've been accepted and ostracised; I've felt safe and felt targeted. I've been told to keep my 'weakness' from damaging the school, and that it's ok to discuss relationships with children, as long as…


Added by Kimby on June 14, 2011 at 0:00 — 5 Comments

A Further Political Conversation

Having sent emails to Government representatives, I thought it time to see how the opposition felt about the issues I was raising.  So I sent the following email to Mr Andrews:


Dear Mr Andrews

I am writing to you as Shadow Minister for Families, Housing and Human Services as I believe the issue I am raising with you would fit within the purview of your portfolio.

On the 17th of May this year, the world observed the International Day Against…


Added by Andre Stoffels on June 11, 2011 at 11:10 — 2 Comments

1600 views... and some strategies to talk about!

Walking the Talk

So I figured it was time! Some weeks ago I managed to secure an appointment with the very busy Federal Liberal member for Boothby, Andrew Southcott. We met today... These are some of my thoughts...

The Meeting

Andrew (Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Primary Healthcare) was quick to establish that ‘this issue is a difficult one for the Liberal Party and for me personally’ ...but he nevertheless made an effort…


Added by Rainbow Family Tree on June 10, 2011 at 16:30 — 1 Comment

A political conversation

I'm still finding my feet in my new world having only been out for a relatively short period of about 10 months.  But I have emailed a few politicians (a new thing for me) on homophobia and equal love.  One of them is my local Federal MP, Mr Nick Champion. Here's the correspondence so far - nothing brilliant but just me having my first go supporting an issue that is important to me.


On the 12th of May 2011, I sent an email to Nick Champion, Member for Wakefield.  The…


Added by Andre Stoffels on May 30, 2011 at 21:45 — 3 Comments

Risk versus Silence

Pretty nervous this morning as I upload the latest Digital Story and start the process of circulating it online... In my head I replay the many voices of concern (both real and imagined) about whether I’m exposing my daughter too much... or in some way ‘dumping her in it’...

The story is about how community acceptance of same sex marriage would flag a wider acceptance of sexual diversity and impact upon homophobia, particularly that experienced by the ‘innocent victims’ - our…


Added by Rainbow Family Tree on May 27, 2011 at 13:54 — No Comments

Primary School Invisibility-Part 2

So having decided on a school our next logical step was to attend the parent/teacher get to know you session. I have to say that the first meeting with Riley’s teacher did not go well. We asked what we thought was a fairly innocuous question about what resources the school had which would reflect Riley’s family structure. We didn’t know it then but as it turns out Riley’s reception teacher ‘doesn’t do parent teacher nights well’, apparently gets a bit nervous. The response to our question…


Added by Sophie Pointer on May 27, 2011 at 9:36 — No Comments

Our invisible family - life at primary school

I have started to write about our families experience as a gay family sending our daughter to school for the first time and our experiences of being on the inside at a local high school where my partner teaches. The contrast between the two experiences is quite stark. At the high school our family is visible, celebrated even, but at the kindy and primary school level we are virtually invisible. This is our story as the invisible gay family at our local kindy and primary…


Added by Sophie Pointer on May 23, 2011 at 11:21 — 1 Comment

A conversation

Hi. My name is Andre and I’m new to this site. I joined a couple of days ago and answered the questions for the profile page which you can obviously check out if you want to. Within hours of joining, I received the following message:

“Hi Andre... thanks for joining us here! I'm really interested in what you have to say about listening... after the weekend rally (see blogpost) I'm left wondering how to help the homophobes listen... and how can we listen better to whatever is going on… Continue

Added by Andre Stoffels on May 17, 2011 at 20:43 — 3 Comments

Marriage is so Gay!

I’m processing some big stuff that happened over the weekend. These are some of the words that I’m trying to squash into a Digital Story, to follow...

On Saturday, my girlfriend and I got (illegally) ‘married’ in a Mass Wedding in Adelaide - part of the…


Added by Rainbow Family Tree on May 16, 2011 at 16:30 — 2 Comments

IDAHO rally aftermath

Hi All,

Just to let you know I made a quick digidoc of my experience of today's IDAHO rally in Adelaide. Would be great to hear  and view others' perspectives and experiences, too. You can see it on the Rainbow Family Tree's facebook page.


Or maybe here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=10150180293672653&comments 



Added by Melina MIchelle Magdalena on May 14, 2011 at 23:39 — 2 Comments

Rainbow Family Tree News Round Up - May 9th

After lots of discussion with members, we've made some changes on the site!


The 'groups' and 'forums' areas have been canned... and we've reintroduced the 'blogs' area. We'll use this space to do a round up of activities and posts by members across the various online spaces RFT now inhabits. If you haven't checked them out yet, here they are:


RFT facebook…


Added by Rainbow Family Tree on May 9, 2011 at 13:16 — No Comments

From retaric to reality

I hope to show that I walk the walk over the course of my life I believe in being authentic and to value the best of others one thing we all have in common is our fear of rejection so get up and give it a go what ever that is Stay safe

Added by Steve Dewhirst on November 12, 2010 at 9:29 — No Comments


what a great launch, I feel lucky to be part of it. Thanks everyone, well done sonja

Added by kirsten uhrig on November 22, 2009 at 7:27 — No Comments

All done!

Well done to all of you who have finished up your videos... very exciting!

I'm now in the process of gathering together all of your projects on one hard drive so that we can do tech checks and have all projects in optimal formats for screening at the Mercury on the 21st of November and for inclusion in the DVD compilation... after we've done this I'll e:mail you a copy of your project file so that you can upload it to the site... and show it to friends and family!

Justin… Continue

Added by Rainbow Family Tree on October 13, 2009 at 13:08 — 1 Comment

help with mac please

Hey, I am assisting annmarie using iMovie and I'm a Windows user. We have the voice over and the images together but bits keep 'disappearing'. Any clues what's happenning?

Added by kirsten uhrig on October 8, 2009 at 16:44 — No Comments

Workshop Blog - Session Eight

Hi all!

The next few blog entries and workshop sessions are designed to support you as you fine tune and finish off your stories. As you'll be quite busy doing this, there aren't any more activities!

However, it would be very useful for you and all of us if you could post regularly on how you're going creatively... and absolutely imperative that… Continue

Added by Rainbow Family Tree on September 29, 2009 at 12:33 — 1 Comment

Workshop Blog - Session Seven

Now's the time to bring your attention to some additional free software for editing images and sound.


If you're thinking you'd like to manipulate some of your photos in some way (including blurring faces so that individuals are not identifiable) you may want to spend a little bit of time getting your head around image editing… Continue

Added by Rainbow Family Tree on September 25, 2009 at 12:04 — No Comments

Workshop Blog - Session Six

Hi all!

If you're up to looking for additional assets (music, images, sound FX) on-line you'll be wanting to check out copyright free assets in the Interesting Links Forum. If you find any additional sites please post them here so other people can benefit from your surfing ;… Continue

Added by Rainbow Family Tree on September 22, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

Workshop Blog - Session Five

According to my trusty workshop schedule today we're commencing 'How to Edit 2 - Creative choices for Sound and Picture'.

Here is a storyboard template that will help you plan how your images and voiceover come together. Basically you write down/draw what images you're planning on using (and in what… Continue

Added by Rainbow Family Tree on September 18, 2009 at 12:03 — No Comments

Workshop Blog - Session Four

I'm sensing a degree of 'overwhelmed' feeding back through the internet ether...

I'm here to say - YOU CAN DO IT! Conquering fear is actually part of the process... fear of revealing yourself in a digital story AND fear of unknown technology...

So today's activity is really simple... answer the questions posted at Virtual Workshop - Q & A

Also remember - we are here… Continue

Added by Rainbow Family Tree on September 15, 2009 at 10:50 — No Comments

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