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LGBTQIA+ Communities

Georges River Council is home to a number of diverse communities and values its strong relationship with those who live, visit, play and work in the local government area.
 
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer, Intersex, Agender, Asexual and Ally (LGBTQIA+) communities are valued in the Georges River Area. Council has formed strong relationships with local organisations, conducted consultations with the community, and has been working towards eliminating discrimination and providing a safe environment for all. 

Welcome Here

Council prides itself as a Safe Place as part of the Welcome Here Project, an initiative that supports organisations throughout Australia to create and promote environments that are visibly welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQIA+ communities. 
 
The Welcome Here Project emerged in response to high levels of violence against LGBTQIA+ people in the late 90s. Businesses who wanted to offer a safe space for people who were under threat of violence began displaying ‘Safe Place’ stickers in their windows.
 
Council continues to promote the initiative and encourages local businesses to join up here.

Pride Month

Council also supports a number of initiatives to celebrate the local LGBTQIA+ community Pride Month events in June. Georges River has celebrated with rainbow pride flags and banners, a rainbow crossing, and rainbow lighting throughout the local government area. Activities such as Rainbow Storytime and the CALD LGBTQIA+ Forum have also been celebrated as part of Council’s commitment to Pride Month.

LGBTQIA+ Services

ACON - a health promotion organisation based in NSW, specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support, and the promotion of the lifelong health of LGBTIQA+ people and people with HIV.

ANTRA - a not-for-profit for Mandarin and Cantonese speaking LGBTQIA+ people in Australia.

GLISTEN - St George and Sutherland Queer Space & Glisten Youth Group for same-sex attracted, gender diverse and questioning youth aged 25 years and under.

QLife - an Australia-wide counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex. It provides early intervention and peer-supported telephone and web-based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people’s bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities, and lived experiences.

Rainbow Families - is the voice for and champion of LGBTIQA+ families and prospective parents in NSW. Its support network is run for the community by the community – volunteer-powered. It advocates for, empowers and celebrates the love and support that every individual is entitled to.

LGBTQIA+ resources

Multicultural LGBTQIA+ Support Directory The resource contains information related to cultural, religious and sporting groups that are specifically for LGBTQIA+ individuals, with the aim of providing assistance and social support in Georges River and across the state.

Nothing For Them Study Understanding the support needs of LGBT young people from refugee and newly arrived backgrounds (2014)

Supporting Same Sex Attracted and Gender Diverse young people of multicultural Multifaith backgrounds 2016

Grants and sponsorship

Georges River Council runs a number of grants and sponsorship programs that are designed to enable community organisations to partner with Council to help meet identified community needs. These programs support community organisations to offer alternative approaches to meeting community needs, and to develop programs and activities that encourage community participation and inclusion. If your group or organisation provides a service for local LGBTQIA+ communities, you may be eligible for funding support. Please visit our Community Grants page for more information.

Contact

For information about Council’s programs and support for LGBTQIA+ communities, please contact Council’s Community Development Officer on 9330 6400 or by email at mail@georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.



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