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This page provides links and resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ) staff and students and those wishing to support them. The resources range from health and crisis information through to social groups and links to key LGBTIQ media and events.
Coming out and becoming part of a community are important milestones for every LGBTIQ person. These groups provide advice and safe spaces to do this.
If you need someone to talk to in a crisis or just for some advice, these groups can help. No matter where you are located, there is someone nearby.
QLife Call 1800 184 527 5.30–10.30 pm every day
QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.
The QLife project provides nationwide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and wellbeing.
Switchboard – LGBTIQ Counselling and Referral
03 9663 2939 (Melb), 1800 184 527 (regional & Tas)
Mon–Thur 6–10 pm (Wed 2–10 pm), Fri–Sun and public holidays 6–9 pm
*If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or intentions please call lifeline immediately on 13 11 14
It Gets Better Project
Barwon Health – Crisis & Referal (Geelong) 1300 094 187
Southern Health – Crisis (Burwood) 1300 369 012
South West Healthcare – Crisis (Warrnambool) (03) 5563 1666
Headspace Geelong Headspace – Mental health for ages 12–25
We fully support your right for a safe and harassment free environment. These links outline your rights and what to do if you need to report discrimination, harassment, abuse or another violent crime.
Deakin Equity & Diversity - Complaints of discrimination and harassment
Vic Police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers GLLO State Coordinator Telephone: (03) 9247 6944
These organisations have a wide scope and in the case of ALSO a very long history. Look here for a variety of information and links to other groups and events.
LGBTIQ people have some specific health issues. GLHV has a huge range of health resources. The Victorian AIDS Council is the place to start for sexual health enquiries – no matter what your gender or sexual identity.
Family is important, be it your family of origin or your chosen family. These groups provide support while also fighting for the rights for LGBTIQ people to form legally equal families.
Some groups for those who are trans, bi or intersex.
The LGBTIQ world has its own media. Australia is particularly fortunate to have such a wide scope. Get news from your perspective by radio, web streaming, print or the web.
Victoria is home to a number of major events each summer. Get to one or get to them all, take some change to donate to your favourite LGBTIQ charities and remember to 'slip, slop, slap' in the sun.
Posters, flyers and things to hand out. More coming soon.
The hidden history of the LGBTIQ community is fascinating. The Archives make this history accessible. Look out for the gay & lesbian history walks held over Midsumma, bringing our history to life.
If you are ready for some more detailed reading, here are some articles to keep you updated, educated and perhaps a little surprised!