LGBTIQ+ Support and Services

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We are committed celebrating diversity and ensuring that Nillumbik is a safe and welcoming place for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ+) community members.

We are looking to raise awareness of LGBTIQ+ issues and working towards eliminating discrimination and isolation experienced by LGBTIQ+ people.

 

Terminology and Language

Terminology and language can impact on a person’s identity, self-worth and inherent dignity. The use of inclusive and acceptable terminology empowers individuals and enables visibility of important issues. Terminology in this area is at times contested and changing and there is not often clear consensus on what is appropriate terminology. While recognising these limitations, it is important to provide clarification around some of the terminology.

There are many ways to describe sexuality and gender. Many of these are captured by the term LGBTI.

L – Lesbian: A female who is attracted to females.

G – Gay: Someone who is attracted to people of the same gender.

B – Bisexual: Someone who is attracted to people of more than one gender.

T – Transgender: Someone whose personal and gender identity is different from the one they were assigned at birth.

I – Intersex: Someone who is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that falls outside the typical definitions of ‘male’ and ‘female’.

There are also:

Q – Queer: This term has been reclaimed by many as a proud term to describe sexuality or gender that is anything other than cisgender and/or heterosexual.

A – Asexual: Someone who has low or no sexual attraction to any gender, but may still experience romantic attraction towards another person. Someone who experiences no romantic attraction may identify as Aromantic.

+ – The plus sign acknowledges there are other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities that fall outside of LGBTQIA definitions, especially of other cultural identities and roles.

For more information on sexual orientation, please visit:

https://headspace.org.au/young-people/overview-of-sexual-orientations/

For more information on gender identity and gender diversity, please visit:
https://headspace.org.au/young-people/gender-identity-and-mental-health/

Or alternatively, please visit the Victorian Government’s LGBTI Inclusion webpage: https://www.vic.gov.au/lgbti-equality

 

*Cisgender refers to someone whose gender identity aligns with the gender they were assigned at birth.

 

LGBTI inclusive services and information:

Name

Details

Contact Information

Switch Board

Community based organisation providing peer based, volunteer run support service for LGBTIQ people, their friends, families and allies

http://www.switchboard.org.au/

 

1800 184 527

Family Planning Victoria

Reproductive and sexual health clinical services

fpv.org.au/for-you/sexual-diversity/lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-intersex-lgbti

1800 013 952

Queerspace :Drummond Street Service

LBGTIQ+ health and wellbeing support service. Services include, counselling, peer support and professional development.

https://www.queerspace.org.au/

9663 6733

 

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne – Gender Service

A service for children and adolescents up to the age of 17 to improve the physical and mental health outcomes of children and adolescents who are trans or gender diverse

rch.org.au/adolescent-medicine/gender-service/

9345 5890

Monash Health Gender Clinic

A state-wide service to improve the health and wellbeing of trans, gender diverse and non-binary people aged 17 years and above

monashhealth.org/page/gender_clinic

9556 5216

Q Life

Free anonymous online and phone counselling and referral service for people wanting to discuss a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings and relationships

qlife.org.au

1800 184 527

Northside Clinic – located in Fitzroy North

General practice specialising in LGBTI health, trans and gender diverse healthcare

northsideclinic.net.au

9485 7700

Thorne Harbour Health (formerly the Victorian AIDS Council)

A range of services from prevention to education, treatment and care of People Living with HIV/AIDS and counselling services

https://thorneharbour.org/lgbti-health

9525 5866

Positive Women

Support and advocacy for women living with HIV

positivewomen.org.au

9863 8747

Living Positive Victoria

Community based organisation representing all people living with HIV in Victoria and is committed to the advancement of human rights and wellbeing of all people living with HIV

livingpositivevictoria.org.au

9863 8733

Equinox – located in Fitzroy

A peer led Trans and Gender Diverse health service clinic

equinox.org.au

9416 2889

Prahran Market Clinic – located in Prahran

Medical General Practise focussing on sexual health, Gay, Lesbian and gender diverse health. Rapid HIV testing available.

prahranmarketclinic.com

9514 0888

Melbourne Sexual Health – located in Carlton

Walk in clinic offering sexual health screening services

mshc.org.au

9341 6200

 

Support for young people

Name

Details

Contact Information

headspace Greensborough

Free mental health service who specialise in youth wellbeing for young people aged 12-25

https://headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/greensborough/

9433 7200

Minus 18

Champions for LGBTIQ Youth Australia Wide – Events, support, workshops and campaigns

minus18.org.au

The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne – Gender Service

A service for children and adolescents up to the age of 17 to improve the physical and mental health outcomes of children and adolescents who are trans or gender diverse

rch.org.au/adolescent-medicine/gender-service/

9345 5890

Rainbow Network

Network, training and resources for people working with same sex attracted, intersex, trans and gender diverse young people

rainbownetwork.com.au

9479 8870

Youth Service

Provide support to LGBTIQ+ young people 16-25 and their families around Alcohol and other Drug use

thorneharbour.org/lgbti-health/alcohol-and-other-drug-services-aod/yasss-youth-service

9865 6700

Family Access Network

Provide transitional housing for young people aged 15-25 who are experience or are at risk of homelessness, providing two properties specifically for LGBTI.

http://www.fan.org.au

9890 2673

(In)visible Project : The Drum

Community driven program that connect queer and trans people from diver cultural and religious backgrounds.

https://thedrum.ds.org.au/program/invisible/

 

9663 6733

 

IDAHOBIT

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia

30 years ago - on May 17, 1990 - the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTIQ people globablly, and raise awareness for the work still needed

Find out more and get involved at https://www.idahobit.org.au/ and https://www.minus18.org.au/.

IDAHOBIT Giveaway 2020

Nillumbik Youth are running a free giveaway of Minus18 temporary rainbow tattoos for young people aged 13-25, to the first 150 registrations. We want you to help us recognise IDAHOBIT by posting a selfie with your new tattoos on May 17 with the #NillumbikIDAHOBIT and tagging @Nillumbikyouth. Participants who post will go in the draw to win 1 of 10 Minus 18 Rainbow Bandanas*! 

Register to receive FREE temp tattoos: https://bit.ly/2zhGhaB.

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*T&Cs apply, you can find our T&Cs in our Facebook notes.