Team Melbourne
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Team Melbourne evolved from a gathering of Melbourne’s queer sporting clubs in December 2004 to begin planning for involvement in the international queer sporting meets in 2006 (the Chicago Gay Games and Montreal Outgames).  Originally called “Queer Sports Alliance Melbourne” (QSAM), the name was changed early in 2012 to be inline with other city-based groups and be more recognisable. Team Melbourne has emerged for and by Melbourne’s queer sporting clubs in lieu of any other partnership, …
LGBTQI Parents and Friends Support group (VIC)
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In 2016 PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) Melbourne made the decision to close down their branch. In consultation with PFLAG Melbourne and in understanding the important role that PFLAG has played in the LGBTQI community, Switchboard committed to establishing a face to face support group for parents and friends of LGBTQI people. If you are a parent or a friend of a LGBTQI person and think you could benefit from a face …
Sydney Social Saturdays Group
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Social Saturdays is a safe*, inclusive and relaxed space for LGBTIQA+ folks, where you can be yourself and meet new people, join in a game or activity, or simply hang out and socialise. Who can come? People 18+ who are LGBTIQA+ Format: Informal, some structured activities, some unstructured social time When: Usually third Saturday of the month, 4:30pm – 6:30pm Please note doors don’t open before 4:30pm as the service is closed. Where: Twenty10 Incorporating GLCS NSW, Level 1, …
Sydney Transgender & Diversity Counselling
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Sydney Transgender & Diversity Counselling offers professional support, specialising in gender diversity. They provide reliable and caring counselling services for individuals, families and couples impacted by gender diversity. So if you do find yourself in that space, you’ve someone to talk to. In addition to individual sessions, they provide a range of services including group therapy, education sessions for employers, and couples counselling. And while they specialise in Transgender and Gender Diversity Counselling, they’re certainly not limited to it! …
Peer support program for trans young people and their parents/guardians
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We are excited to announce two new peer networks for trans and gender diverse young people and their parents/guardians in Perth! Freedom Centre and the Trans Pathways Research Team (which is made up of representatives from Telethon Kids Institute, The University of WA, Curtin University, YouthLink and Freedom Centre) are being funded by the WA Mental Health Commission’s Suicide Prevention Peer Support and Mentoring Grants are looking to develop two new peer buddy support programs in Perth for the …
Gateway Health Gender Service
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Great news – a new gender support service for young people opens in Wodonga! A small group of residents in the north-east Victorian city of Wodonga are hoping to break down those barriers for the region’s young transgender community. They’ve just celebrated the opening of the Gateway Health Gender Service, which is believed to be the first gender support clinic for young people in regional Australia. Staff at the new Wodonga centre say there is a real …
IDAHOBIT website
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Minus18 and IDAHOBIT Australia have teamed up to launch a website designed to help YOU celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia on May 17. Featuring Posters, Toolkits and tips on running an event, the site is the perfect starting point for celebrating the day and visibly showing your support for the LGBTI community. Ways you can get involved; 1. Share The website Share www.idahobit.org.au with your networks and on your social media so …
Bridge Meals
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“Bridge Meals welcomes new migrants who are same sex attracted and/or gender diverse to join us for a free social dinner in a supportive and safe environment”. This fantastic HEY Project grant initiative is a social support opportunity for LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers run by a collective of young LGBT people of colour in Melbourne.
Financial Support Packages for Relationship and Family Violence
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  FINANCIAL SUPPORT PACKAGES FOR LGBTI PEOPLE EXPERIENCING RELATIONSHIP/FAMILY VIOLENCE Victims of family violence can now access support packages to assist with financial and practical support needs in order to leave abusive relationships or heal after leaving one. Victorian Aids Council have specific funding to support LGBTIQ individuals and are talking referrals for this program. Flexi-packs support LGBTIQ people who have been in, or are still currently in, family violence situations and wanting support to …
Respectful reporting on gender identity
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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has developed an easy-to-use gender identity reporting guide in time for this year’s Midsumma Festival. Kristen Hilton, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner said that despite great advances in recent years misgendering still occurs in the media and can be particularly harmful to trans people. “I encourage all journalists to use our language guide. Getting the language right is respectful and easy to achieve,” Commissioner Hilton …