It’s been a few weeks since I hosted the LGBTQ World Cafe where I invited young LGBTQ people to come and discuss their experiences while we had some food and dinner. It was an extremely fun night and everyone was thoughtful, open and respectful. It started off a little awkward but by the end we were all chatting openly and laughing hysterically. We all left the event high on laughter and feeling pretty positive about the way things went.
We started the night with an ice breaker game to get us all off on the right foot while we waited for a few more people to arrive. When everyone was present and we were all feeling a little more comfortable with each other, I filled everyone in on what my project is about and what I hoped to gain from the event. Then we got stuck into dinner. Sausage rolls, sushi, salad, spinach & feta rolls, bread, dips and other delicious nibbles. After dinner, we began brainstorming topics to discuss later in smaller groups. The topics were organised into three main groups containing smaller prompting questions. It was then time to discuss the topics. We formed small groups of three and began to discuss the topics while writing our ideas on butcher’s paper. We switched groups, each time a different group of people and a different topic. To finish, we gathered together again to share the most interesting ideas and issues that arose and all gave a sentence or two about what struck us personally.
Watch this space as I’ll be posting the main points of the discussions soon!
Thank you to Cheryl Nekvapil for helping me organise everything and Jane Watson for being such an amazing supervisor and friend.
Thank you to Stars Of Hope for their support and sponsorship for this event. Check out their website: http://starsofhope.com.au/