TYF Antidote Forum 2011
The Anti-dote Forum was held at the Door of Hope in Launceston on August 12 2011, the last day of the International Year of Youth. Under the direction of facilitator Michael O’Meara (Mo), young people discussed discrimination as experienced and witnessed by young Tasmanians. Of particular concern was the prevalence of homophobia within Tasmania, and its impact on young LGBTI people. As well as discussing their concerns, the young people present also came up with a number of strategies that they believed would achieve a more tolerant society – for example, more events showcasing multiculturalism. The ideas discussed at the forum will be written up into a communiqué by participant Chloe Turner, to be distributed to relevant organisations and government representatives.
There were around 130 young people from across the state participating. There was significant interest in this forum, with around 180 participants expressing their desire to attend, but unfortunately due to school, sickness and other commitments, these additional participants pulled out at the last minute. These participants will be invited to take part in an online public survey that YNOT has put together (and participants present at the forum completed), so that they can still have some involvement.
The forum was supported by Launceston City Council, who launched their Anti-Bullying campaign with a presentation by Launceston Mayor Albert Van Zetten during the forum. Also supportive of the forum was the Office of Children and Youth Affairs, and the Anti-Discrimination Commission Robin Banks, who was present for the whole day. Also in attendance were a number of representatives of organizations such as Colony 47, Mission Australia, Speak Out Advocacy and Outright Youth, as well as the Attorney-General Brian Wightman and Shadow Minister for Community Development Elise Archer.