#8: Dameyon Bonson – Speaking Truth to Power

“Those voices are just noise…turn around and walk straight into it!” Dameyon Bonson is the founder of Black Rainbow, a social enterprise on a mission to prevent Indigenous LGBQTI suicide and self harm. Dameyon passionately recounts his journey of advocacy for LGBQTI acceptance within Aboriginal communities and beyond. Dameyon demands organisations and individuals alike take action, speak up, and question the root cause of suicide, racism and ignorance rather than allow it to continue to erode our communities while reminding us that truth, love and understanding are the most powerful weapons to bring us towards reconciliation and progress.

Please note that the following conversation acknowledges challenging issues that could be distressful for some listeners.

Additional information on where to get the best support has been included below:

Support in Australia

To connect with online, phone, or face-to-face counselling and therapy visit Mindstar at https://www.mindstar.com.au/

For immediate crisis or suicide prevention support contact Lifeline Australia on 131 114 via their 24/7 service

Mentioned in this UNPACK episode:

Black Rainbow – http://www.blackrainbow.org.au/

YFRONTS Australia – https://yfrontsaustralia.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/hello-world/

The End of Charity: Time for Social Enterprise – https://www.allenandunwin.com/browse/books/academic-professional/sociology/The-End-of-Charity-Nic-Frances-with-Maryrose-Cuskelly-9781741752632

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Loving a Good life – https://www.booktopia.com.au/the-subtle-art-of-not-giving-a-f-ck-mark-manson/prod9781925483598.html