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.
It’s on For YOUNG and OLD: Lesbians Talk about Feminist Activism
Do you tend to mix with lesbians who are all around the same age as you? Do you want to change this? Ever wondered how much richer your life might be if you had the opportunity to interact with lesbians across the generations?
On Saturday 14th May 2016, lesbians of all ages are invited to come together for this intergenerational forum to discuss our commonalities. We want to examine the ways that lesbians have been, and continue to be, at the forefront of feminist activism.
For Matrix members ONLY. (Associates - lesbians under 40: $10; lesbians 40 & over: full $30, concession $15). Please join online at: http://www.matrixguildvic.org.au/membership.htm
Matrix Guild is a registered charity, set up to support and advocate for older lesbians. We aim to address the specific mix of ageism, lifelong sexism and lesbophobia with which we live, whilst celebrating our love of women and having a lot of fun along the way! We are looking for new members and we’re putting this Intergenerational discussion day on as part of a membership drive. We’ll supply a free scrumptious vegetarian and vegan lunch with morning and afternoon tea also included, so it’s a great deal. You can join on the day, if you don’t have internet access.
- Time: 10-4pm
- Venue: in Northcote
- Lunch, morning and afternoon tea included.
RSVP by Thursday 12th May: email@example.com or 0427 482 976 for venue details & tell us if you have any dietary requirements. Numbers limited
The Lesbian Comedy Gala was a HUGE success. You can read all about it 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 >>