Welcome to the Matrix Guild Victoria Inc. Website
Raising awareness of the health, housing and care needs of older lesbians.
Matrix Guild Victoria Inc. was founded in 1992 by a group of lesbian feminists for the benefit of lesbians over forty years of age .
We promote appropriate care and support for older lesbians. We challenge ageism and oppose discrimination. We provide some accommodation in Victoria for older lesbians who are financially disadvantaged.
We are a public, charitable, incorporated association with Deductible Gift Recipient status, so your generous donations are Tax Deductible.
We have a whole new section called CREATIVE STUFF where we will be publishing material from our members. Check the navigation menu or go directly from here. There is a new item for your enjoyment.
Celebrate International Lesbian Day and Matrix 25th birthday at the Matrix October Dance
With International Lesbian Day coming up on Sunday 8th October, we’re having a party! Put on your dancing shoes and come along and CELEBRATE Matrix’s 25th birthday in the company of lots of other lesbians. Dance if you like to, or just relax, chat and enjoy a sumptuous afternoon tea. Music by DJ Kerry. We want to play the music you like, those songs that you can’t resist dancing to, even if your knees and hips ache.
VOTE ‘YES’ FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY
The Matrix Guild of Victoria is an organisation that has represented the older Lesbian community for 25 years and continues to do so. It is therefore appropriate that our committee expresses an opinion on the current marriage equality vote on behalf of our members.
Matrix Guild members have experienced discrimination because of their choices related to sexuality, often for a whole lifetime, affecting their wellbeing, careers and families. Some members wish to take advantage of marriage equality to publically declare their love and enjoy the same respect and privilege that heterosexual marriages attract.
Marriage has historically been a patriarchal institution designed to secure property rights for the male head of a family at a time when women and children were considered chattels of their husbands. Marriage has institutionalised an unequal power relationship that regrettably often continues today in the lives of many women. However, there are also rights, privileges and benefits to marriage that should be able to be enjoyed by all those who desire the marriage relationship.
Matrix Guild supports the “YES” vote for marriage equality to enable our Lesbian members who wish to do so, the right to marry and the right to equal respect, privileges and benefits in civil society. At the same time Matrix will continue to fight for recognition for all Lesbians and their families, married or not, to live in loving, publically acknowledged respectful relationships. For our beloved children, we also demand and expect equal acknowledgement, love and respect regardless of the family type in which they were raised.
Whilst valuing the innovative, courageous and rebellious herstory of lesbian culture, The Matrix Guild encourages you to PLEASE VOTE ‘YES’ for equality.
Events Coming Up!
Daylesford Lesbian weekend: 2nd and 3rd September 2017- see Events page for more details
The Coming Back Out Ball: October 2017 - see Events page for more details
You can read more about these events in our August newsletter
Matrix Coffee afternoons
Mamma Says Cafe - We're there every Thursday....join us
Our Matrix coffee afternoons are in full swing again this year, at Mamma Says café, 120 Station Street, Fairfield.The café is on the left side of Station Street heading north, between Wingrove St and Duncan St. The nearest railway station is Fairfield, on the Hurstbridge line, accessible from Wingrove Street. (Melways Ref Map 30, K10)
When you arrive at the café, go through to the outdoor covered area (pictured) at the rear of the café, and you will find us there. There is street parking along Station Street, but you can also park in the carpark behind the shops, which you enter from Gillies Street.
The Coffee afternoons are held every Thursday from 12 – 3 pm.
We can guarantee good company, good conversation and good food. Have lunch, or just a cuppa. Have a game of Rummio or just have a chat. Bring a friend along. It’s a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and everyone is made welcome.
Check out the menu here: www.mammasays.com.au
The coffee afternoons will continue throughout Winter, so come along and join us.
If you want more information phone Carole 0437 891 981
|MATRIX CHANGING HEALTH SERVICES DELIVERY!
PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS PRESENTATION
Annabelle, Alysha, Anne and Rebecca
On Oct 28th Pat Mitchell and Chris Sitka attended the presentation at Melbourne University of the project that the four physiotherapy students did with Matrix. They have created an educational video for distribution to students in the health professions in which they encourage respect and counter discrimination against lesbians (and other LGBTI people). The star of the video is our own committee member Pat Mitchell!
The student team consisting of three young lesbians and one heterosexual woman (Annabelle, Anne, Alysha and Rebecca) have done a superlative job and created a far reaching resource. Through their hard work in networking with ‘the authorities’ their work will be also taken up by the whole Health Department of Melbourne University and distributed wider to social worker networks and other universities. After their session they were also approached and encouraged to take it to an international conference and distributed it to other South East Asian countries with translation.
This is a remarkable achievement of advancing education of health professionals towards ending discrimination against older lesbians and is probably one of the most beneficial partnerships Matrix has entered into with any other group. It promises to have far reaching positive consequences.
Whilst there I talked to several of the lecturers and there is no doubt that they have a very high regard for our students and the work they have done in collaboration with Matrix. And this work will reverberate far and wide.
Of the 20 groups who presented on the day theirs was far and away the most outstanding. It was a highly emotional experience with the students declaring how much of an honour it was to work with a group of intelligent, activists such as Matrix and how much they appreciated the work we had done in breaking through discriminations against both lesbians and women in general. The presenters were crying, their supervisors were crying and so were many of the other students! They got a heart felt standing ovation from their peers and Pat and Chris got lots of praise, kudos and appreciation.
The difference from the other students, who also did very worthwhile community engagement projects with other ‘minority’ groups such as refugees, disability groups, indigenous groups, etc. was that our project addressed discrimination in an activist way – rather than simply providing a health promotion program (e.g. exercise and meditation sessions).
The deeper quality of our project was a result of the way our students consulted with us and took up our suggestions and then developed them to another level due to their own commitment and unique talents. It is en excellent example of what collaboration between older and younger lesbians can create.
Louisa Remedios who develop the Healthcare in Context subject so that Doctor of Physiotherapy students would learn to relate to the whole person, rather than the mere mechanics of physio treatment, has asked if she can recommend more lesbian students to work with us in the future. As our four students were presenting this video at their final assessment before graduating.
Our treasurer Pat Mitchell will be world famous for a start!
I found attending the presentation inspiring and a demonstration of just what Matrix is achieving and generating as an organisation. I would encourage more members to become involved in future projects such as this. We are constantly being asked to attend consultations, talk with health professionals and such like.
Here is the video the students made...
The Lesbian Comedy Gala was a HUGE success. You can now view a video of the highlights on the Events page.
Then and Now - Older Lesbians Share Their Stories
“In this short film, 'Then and Now, Older Lesbians', Barb, Vera and Dorothy talk about their lives. They discuss the difficulties they face living in a heterosexist, lesbophobic world and the psychological pain of living a closeted double life. If they chose to follow their hearts and come out, they experienced the loss of children, job, friends and housing. They reveal the overt discrimination they endured if they chose to disclose who they really were. Before the internet era, Dorothy describes the fear and isolation of living in a rural area and believing that she and her partner were the only two lesbians in the world. Barb reveals the distress caused by a religion that condemned her. Vera wants to be accepted and celebrated for who she is, not just tolerated. Rich and supportive lesbian friendships and sub-culture has sustained them, creating resilience, warmth and joy. They describe how attitudes have gradually changed over the last 50 years and how they now feel brave enough to be themselves.”
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We have a new slide show on the Gallery page for your enjoyment.
You can see the video highlights from the 2014 LCG on our Events page.
There is a new Social Afternoon Event! Find further details on our Events page
By supporting these events and making donations to Matrix Guild Vic. you are in effect supporting yourself in your senior years.
Stop Discrimination in Aged Care
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Matrix can supply a speaker to present to your organisation on any topic relating to older lesbians. We do a lot of presentations to Aged Care services, to improve awareness about the needs of lesbian clients. Click here to read more >>