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LGTBI

  • Out and About Community Visitors Scheme (Switchboard Victoria)

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    Out and About is a free service for older Victorians who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI).

    As part of the National Community Visitors Scheme, Out and About's peer volunteers make regular visits to people assessed as eligible for Home Care Packages or living in government funded residential aged care.

    Out and About aims to build community connections and reduce isolation by chatting over a cuppa, watching a movie, participating in a hobby, game or any other enjoyable social activity.

    Visit Out & About's website for more information.
  • Alice's Garage

    Empowering older LGBTI people & promoting healthy LGBTI Ageing. 

    For more information on Alice's Garage, visit their website

     
  • All the Queens Men - LGBTI Elder Dance Club

    Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex elders and their allies are invited to attend this social event, learn new dances, enjoy delicious catering and drinks, and interact with other LGBTI elders and allies. No dance experience needed. All are welcome. Wheelchair accessible.

    UPDATE: During the lockdown, the Digital Dance Club is held every second Sunday via Zoom. For more information, visit their website.

     
  • Bent Twig Alliance

    LGBTI Elders and Allies Social group (with City of Yarra).

    The Bent Twig Alliance meets fortnightly in Collingwood. 

    For more information, contact the City of Yarra Aged and Disability branch on 9205 5555, or the Willowview Centre on 9205 5276.  

    The Bent Twig Alliance Facebook.  

     
  • Boilers Society of Victoria

    Victoria’s oldest club for older LGBTI community members and their friends, the Boilers Society of Victoria has been operating for over 50 years and is believed to be the oldest gay club operating in Australia.

    For more information on Boilers Society of Victoria, visit their website.

     
  • Country Network

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    Since 1977 Country Network has been endeavouring to provide social networking opportunities to gay and bisexual men regardless of where they may reside. Whether it be sharing a private chat or a public social outing, members can be involved in any way that suits their personal comfort levels.

    For more information, visit the Country Network website.

  • Gippsland Rainbow Collective Inc

    Gippsland Rainbow Collective Inc. is committed to the support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community of Latrobe Valley and greater Gippsland.

    Through increasing awareness of our community through education, advocacy and increased visibility, Gippsland Rainbow Collective Inc. hope to create a more accepting and safer place to live and work for the LGBTIQ people of Gippsland.

    For more information, email Gippsland Rainbow Collective Inc.

  • GV Pride (Shepparton Goulburn Valley North East Victorian region)

    GV Pride provides support, activities and networking for LGBTI people and friends in the Shepparton, Goulburn Valley, North-East Victorian region. 

    For more information, visit their website.

  • Intersex Human Rights Australia

    Intersex Human Rights Australia Ltd (formerly Organisation Intersex International Australia or OII Australia) is a national body by, and for, people with intersex variations.

    They promote the human rights, self-determination and bodily autonomy of intersex people in Australia. 

    Intersex Human Rights Australia Ltd engage in systemic advocacy, policy development and community development, and provide information and education. They also run an online support group.

    The goals of Intersex Human Rights Australia Ltd  are to help create a society where our bodies are not stigmatised, and where our rights as people are recognised.

    For more information, visit their website.

  • Living Positive Victoria

    Living Positive Victoria have a range of programs supporting people living with HIV and peer support and activities program for older people.

    For more information on Living Positive Victoria, visit their website.

  • Mallee Pride

    Mallee Pride is a group of local LGBTIQ+ people and allies who are working together to build a strong, visible and connected LGBTIQ+ community in the Mallee region.

    Mallee Pride hold safe and inclusive community events, social gatherings, delivering awareness and education training and advocacy.

    For more information, email mallee.pride@gmail.com

  • Matrix Guild

    Matrix Guild Victoria Inc. was founded in 1992 by a group of lesbian feminists for the benefit of lesbians over forty years of age.

    Matrix Guild promote appropriate care and support for older lesbians. They challenge ageism and oppose discrimination. Matrix Guild provide some accommodation in Victoria for older lesbians who are financially disadvantaged.

    For more information, visit the Matrix Guild website.

    Matrix Guild also have a community visitors program for older lesbians. For information on this program, visit their website.

     
  • Melbourne Bisexual Network

    The Melbourne Bisexual Network (MBN) is made up of mental health and advocacy professionals working to improve and promote bisexual+ inclusivity in LGBTQIA+ programs and services. 

    The MBN is committed to raise awareness of the unique health and wellbeing issues facing bisexual+ people, and to collectively determine strategies to improving the health, wellbeing and development of bisexual+ people in three areas of service delivery: Education, Community, and Therapeutic Services.

    For more information, visit their website.

     
  • QLife information and referral service (telephone and web chat)

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    QLife is an Australia-wide free service for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

    You can speak to a trained LGBTIQA+ peer support worker by calling 1800 184 527, or chat online between 3.00pm and 12 midnight every day of the week.

    This service is for LGBTIQA+ identifying people and those who have questions or concerns about LGBTIQA+ issues, including families, friends, teachers and co-workers of LGBTIQA+ people.

    All conversations are confidential, anonymous and non-judgmental. 

    For more information, visit the QLife website.

     
  • Queer Coffee - Bendigo

    Come and share a casual coffee with other LGBTQIA+ humans. Queer Coffee promotes itself as, 'Quieter than a nightclub, more fun than drinking alone, tastier than almost anything. All ages, all flavours of the rainbow & allies welcome'.

    Queer Coffee meets last Sunday of the month from 1 to 3pm at Percy & Percy, Bendigo. 

    For more information, visit their Facebook page 

     
  • queerspace

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    queerspace provides a non-judgemental, queer affirmative counselling service.

    queerspace staff come from one or more of the LGBTIQ+ communities and understand first-hand the importance of chosen family, supportive communities and building resilience.

    queerspace understand asking for help can cause anxiety, especially if it is the first time you or your family have used a counselling or support service. 

    queerspace uses a ‘person centered’ and strength focused approach to counselling and case management and we are guided by our client’s needs.

    To access queerspace counselling call 96636733 or fill out the intake form on their website.

    For LGBTIQA+ Family violence support, including elder abuse, please call 1800542847 (1800LGBTIQ) or visit the With Respect website.

  • Rainbow Health Victoria

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    Rainbow Health Victoria is a program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) health and wellbeing through research and knowledge translation, training, resources, policy advice and service accreditation through the Rainbow Tick.

    Rainbow Health Victoria is located within the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University and is funded by the Victorian government.

    Previously called GLHV, Rainbow Health Victoria has been working for over 15 years to deliver positive change for LGBTIQ communities. Rainbow Health Victoria works closely with researchers at ARCSHS on cutting edge research into LGBTIQ health and wellbeing. This includes research development, translation and impact.

    An integral part of our work is to build partnerships with government, researchers, community, organisations and service providers to create equity and inclusion. For more information, visit the Rainbow Health Victoria website.

     
  • Services with Rainbow Tick Accreditation

    The Rainbow Tick is a national accreditation program for organisations that are committed to safe and inclusive practice, and service delivery for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.

    Organisations wishing to receive the Rainbow Tick are required to undergo accreditation against the Rainbow Tick Standards, owned and developed by Rainbow Health Victoria. 

    There are a range of services including many services supporting older people that have Rainbow Tick Accreditation.

    For more information, visit their website.

     
  • TGD Bendigo

    TGD Bendigo facilitates a physically and emotionally safe, engaging, welcoming space for trans and gender diverse people to meet, socialise and belong.

    The space is set up in a cafe style environment where guests can engage in conversation or a range of activities available, or just sit quietly and enjoy your cuppa.

    For more information email tgdbendigo@gmail.com

     
  • Thorne Harbour Health - formerly Victorian Aids Council

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    Introducing Rainbow Connection - a Thorne Harbour Health Peer Based Service for older members of our LGBTIQ community 

    Thorne Harbour Health has a long history of working within, and for, the Lesbian, Gay, Bi Sexual, Trans gender, Intersex, Queer and sexuality and gender diverse communities.  Thorne Harbour Health remain a community controlled organisation to best serve our community.

    Thorne Harbour Health were the Victorian AIDS Council, founded in 1983 during a time of great fear and stigma, born out of community activism in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  As a result of vast improvements to treatments for HIV, in recent years Thorne Harbour Health have expanded their work within the LGBTIQ communities and offer a broad range of services for the overall queer community. 

    Why the change of name?

    Rainbow Connection is an LGBTIQ specific service for older members of our community.  It is designed to reduce social isolation among senior members within our diverse community, where LGBTIQ volunteers provide social support, including visits to your home and outings to have a coffee and a chat.

    The project was originally aimed at people aged 55 and over, living in their own home or an aged care facility.  However since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rainbow Connection has expanded to support any member of the LGBTIQ who needs assistance. 

    This includes:

    • regular phone support from LGBITQ volunteers
    • help with food deliveries
    • advice on housing.
    For more information, call 1800 961 780 or email rainbowconnection@thorneharbour.org
    Whilst Rainbow Connection is an age specific service, Thorne Harbour Health has a vast range of services and activities for the LGBTIQ communities regardless of age. Our programs and projects are designed to be inclusive of diversity and include, but are not limited to: 
    • clinical services
    • women's health
    • social supports
    • counselling
    • indigenous health and wellbeing
    • peer education
    • alcohol and other drugs services
    • trans health
    • family violence
    • HIV services
    Please visit the Thorne Harbour website for full details.

     

  • Transgender Victoria

    Transgender Victoria is the leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy, training, and resource development in Victoria.

    Transgender Victoria work to achieve justice, equity and inclusive service provision for trans and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends.

    For more information, visit their website.

  • Val's LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care

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    Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care works to improve healthy ageing pathways, care and visibility of older LGBTI people.

    Val’s work directly with service providers and facilitate a network of individuals and organisations to foster an understanding of the histories and experiences of older LGBTI people, and how these may impact access to services and care.

    Val’s aims to create safe and inclusive services that recognise and value older LGBTI people.

    We offer:

    • LGBTI inclusive aged care training and professional development opportunities and events
    • Resources, information and support regarding the needs and experiences of older LGBTI people, and strategies to becomes LGBTI inclusive 
    • Subscribe to Val's regular e-bulletins

    For more information on Val's research-based information, resources and links for workers, policy makers and LGBTI consumers visit their website.

     
  • Victorian Pride Centre

    The Victorian Pride Centre celebrates Victoria’s diverse LGBTQI community, paving new directions for its future and honouring its brave, and at times, difficult past.

    The Victorian Pride Centre provides an uplifting expression of welcome, engagement and belonging.

    For more information, visit their website.