Melbourne University Law Students' Society

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Date: 14/03/2019

Time: 6.30pm

Location: Room 108

Hi friends! Please join us for the queer portfolio’s first event for the year - an evening lecture from Nic Holas.

Nic is the Chair of the Victorian HIV Legal Working Group and founder of HIV peer-support organisation The Institute of Many (TIM). TIM is Australia’s largest grassroots movement for people living with HIV. Acting as a social umbrella and advocacy platform, TIM brings HIV positive people together to share their experience of living with HIV in an informal, confidential environment- in person and online. Nic is also the Campaigns Director for in Australia.

If that description hasn’t gotten you over the line, maybe this will do the trick - Nic is a writer too! His writing on HIV/AIDS, LGBTIQA issues, law reform, and human rights has appeared in the ABC, Archer Magazine, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, SBS, Hello Mr., The Lifted Brow, and Junkee, as well as in international and local queer media. He has been a frequent guest on current affairs TV and radio, including appearances on Q&A, Lateline, Radio National, and Triple J. In addition to his activism, Nic has also worked extensively in media and communications for non-profits and digital agencies, as a political policy writer, and as an artist.

Nic will be speaking to us about the campaign to decriminalise HIV transmission and the stigma suffered by People Living with HIV.

Wine, cheese and vegan snacks will be provided. Come along, it’ll be a really nice time.

Please message us for any dietary requirements or accessibility needs.

This event is for queers and allies. We want these events to be a safe space for all—whether queer and out of the closet, queer and in the closet, questioning, or an ally. To create this space, we ask that you don’t ask or make any assumptions about fellow attendees and where they fit on the rainbow.

This event takes place on stolen Wurundjeri land of the Kulin nation, and we pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging as well as any First Nations folk attending. Sovereignty was never ceded. As the queer directors, we acknowledge that queer First Nations folk experience disproportionate rates of trans- and/or homophobia and marginalisation. We strive to challenge the intersections of racism and trans- and/or homophobia that cause this discrimination.


Daniel Bennett-Spark

Queer Director

Eleanor Ryan

Queer Director