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Young lesbians struggle with isolation,
discrimination and coming out in many areas
of their lives. ose studying to become doc-
tors face an o en justi ed fear of discrimination in
this conser vative profession.
e Australian Lesbian Medical Association o ers
support and mentoring for lesbian doctors and medi-
cal students. eir conference is in Sydney this year
and they are o ering free conference registration plus
generous assistance with accommodation and trans-
port costs to lesbian and same sex attracted medical
e association was established to provide support
to lesbian doctors and their partners. Many ALMAs
did not know a single other lesbian doctor before the
organization was set up in 1999. In the twelve years
since, it has assisted many women to come out to col-
leagues and funded research into lesbian health. ey
have also contributed to medical school curriculums
and to health policy to provide accessible, appropriate
care for LGBTI people.
gram at a stunning venue and a great bunch of women
getting together' says conference organiser Dr Kath-
leen Burns. ' e Lord Mayor, Ms Clover Moore, is
opening the Conference. Lesbians are no longer in-
visible in the medical profession.'
Young lesbians who want to be doctors face a dif-
cult struggle. Like other students in medicine they
battle long hours and huge workloads but with the
extra burden of isolation. 'Coming out' is always
risky but especially for students. ey are vulnerable
to prejudice from teachers and authority gures who
control hospital placements. ALMA has assisted stu-
dents to deal with speci c instances of prejudice and
provides mentoring and role models.
Childcare subsidies are also available. ' e support
at this conference is wonderful, we want all lesbian
doctors and medical students and their partners to
have a chance to enjoy it.'
The ALMA Conference is from 22-24 October at The
Rocks, Sydney. Info: almas.net.au or info@lamas.
0417 895 620
If you're contemplating making the step into
parenthood, then one of the organisations you
should get to know is the Rainbow Family Council,
which offers a wealth of information for prospective
parents. The council also has reams of research on
gay and lesbian parenting and often holds seminars
and social functions.
Aside from the RFC there are a slew of offshoot
groups that get together to exchange information
regarding parenting as a member of the LGBT
community. One informal group will be holding a
social night this month in inner city Newtown.
The social night for Prospective Rainbow Parents
will be held at the Zanzibar, 323 King St Newtown
on Wednesday September 22 from 7pm. This night
will give lesbians and gay men who are interested
in shared parenting the opportunity to meet and
Not only is the evening intended to help those who
have hopes of becoming parents, but have not yet
met someone to share parenting with, but also give
people the chance to share stories and information
on having children and related issues.
The evening may even give people an opportunity to
meet someone to co-parent with. Our understanding
is that two rainbow babies have been born as
a result of a similar evening like this held a few
For more information, please call Paul on
0412202284 or Alen on 0416915654. RSVP:
Is there a doctor
in the house?
ALMA, the Australian Lesbian Medical Association offers lesbians and
same sex attracted medical students the chance to attend their annual
conference for free. Kath Burns reports.
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