The Modern LGBTI Family

Why the kids are alright

Thank you! We had another great night. The photos will be posted on Facebook  soonand follow the event on Twitter @shespeaksnorth with #shespeaksparenting. 

Three engaging Melbourne panellists will share some of the challenges of LGBTI Parenting and the evidence that reveals the kids are actually alright.

You’ll hear:

  • How LGBTI families across Australia are tackling parenting issues
  • What it’s like to grow up with two mums
  • How to talk to other people about your family, especially once your kids reach school age
  • Some of the legal issues to consider when raising a family
  • What it might look like if the love of your life already has children.

Join us for a drink, a panel discussion and networking on Thursday 30 April from 6pm at Francesca’s Bar, 222 High St Northcote.

$20 ticket price includes a welcome drink.
6pm                       Doors open
6.30                        Event start
6.30                        Jo Thomas, panel Chair opens the evening
7.30 – 8pm        Question time

Secure your place now

Your panellists for the evening of Thursday 30 April


Jacqui Tomlins, writer and researcher, OUTspoken Families

An accomplished writer, researcher and social campaigner of 20 years’ experience, Jacqui Tomlins’ recent work is the exceptional hub of LGBTI parenting information: OUTspoken Families Resource Kit For Rainbow Families. She is a founding member of the Rainbow Families Council which successfully campaigned to change Victorian State legislation in relation to access to assisted reproductive treatment and legal recognition of non-biological parents. Jacqui will be sharing first-hand experience as parent to three children with her partner.

Download  the OUTspoken Families Resource Kit for Rainbow Families (PDF) (117 pages)

Read more about Jacqui’s work at


Georgia Weymouth Large, student

The story of Georgia’s family is one of a number of case studies in Resource Kit for Rainbow Families and we’re looking forward to hearing about her experiences.

Georgia grew up in Northcote with her two mums and younger brother Noah.

Georgia completed year 12 in 2014 and recently began studying International Development at ACU. Apart from finishing VCE last year, Georgia represented her school in Rio at World Youth Day and completed her Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.

Georgia works part time as a swimming coach and swim teacher. She enjoys travelling and spending time with friends.



Sally Nicholes, Partner, Nicholes Family Law

Keeping families out of the Family Law Court is Sally’s objective and she’ll be sharing her recommendations on the hard questions to be asking as you navigate the challenges of parenting. Her experience covers a wide range of family practice areas, including:

  • same-sex relationship, parenting or financial agreements
  • de facto cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements, and
  • complex parenting arrangements, including multi-party or high conflict disputes.


Panel Chair: Jo Thomas


Jo chairs our She Speaks panels, asking the questions you wish you’d thought of and several you wish she hadn’t. Despite a shocking timekeeping capability, Jo keeps our panel (almost) on track and makes sure you get the most from our carefully selected and insightful panellists.


Join us on Thursday 30 April

6pm for a 6.30pm start, Thursday  30 April


Francesca’s Bar

222 High Street Northcote

Getting here



Tickets are limited. Don’t miss out. Secure yours now.

Your $20 ticket includes refreshments, choice of a welcome drink and entry to the event.

$10 for Globe Melbourne members, please have your membership ID at the event.


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Please note, whilst every care is taken, the above dates may be subject to change without notice due to availability of speakers and venues.

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