Resources

Some information and resources that you may find useful:

For Young People

Whether you're thinking about your sexuality, gender identity or expression, or are intersex, here's some info you might find useful:

 

Geelong-based:

  • Geelong Rainbow Inc. - A community hub for folk over 18 who identify as queer (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender fluid, questioning, intersex, etc.) and their partners, within the Geelong, Surfcoast, Bellarine Peninsula and Barwon South-West Regions.

  • Deakin Geelong Queer Collective - A social, non-political and safe space for Deakin University students, based at both Waurn Ponds and Waterfront campuses.

  • Victoria Police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLOs) - GLLOs (pronounced "glows") are police officers who are there to specifically support LGBTIQA+ people engaging with the police.  To contact a Geelong GLLO, phone 5223 3100.

  

Melbourne-based:

  • Minus18 - Australia’s largest youth-run network for same sex attracted and gender diverse teens. They have lots of really great videos and resources made by young people, for young people.

  • Ygender - A social support and advocacy group for trans and gender diverse young people (aged up to 25), led by a committee of young people. They have events, programs and a range of projects.

  • ‘What makes an ally’ project - An initiative of Ygender and Transgender Victoria, providing information and resources about how to be a good ally to transgender and gender diverse young people.

  • Zoe Belle Gender Collective (ZBGC) - Support the health and wellbeing of Victoria’s trans and gender diverse population. ZBGC operate an anonymous online Q&A board, and noticeboard for the community.
     
  • Genderqueer Australia - Provide support and host events for people who identify as gender-questioning or genderqueer (all ages).

  • Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council - The AGMC is a peak body for individuals/groups from a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer multicultural background. They organise a range of events, and list culturally and faith specific groups that you can connect into.

National services and resources:

  • QLife - webchat or call 1800 184 527. Anonymous, free phone and online chat service that provides information, counselling, and referrals. Available 3pm-midnight every day of the year.

  • Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) Support Group Australia Inc. - A peer support, information and advocacy group for people affected by AIS and/or related intersex variations and variations of sex characteristics, and their families.

  • Sisters and Brothers NT - Lots of online information and resources about being Aboriginal and LGBTIQA+.

For Parents

Want some info and support? Get in touch, and check out the resources below!

 

Geelong-based: 

  • PFLAG Geelong – Group for parents and family of same sex attracted, intersex, and transgender people (of any age). Meets once a month in central Geelong.
     
  • Rainbow KidsA parent-run support group for gender diverse children under 13 and their families. The group is located in Geelong.

 

State-wide: 

  • Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) - Advocates on behalf of the LGBTIQA+ community with referral and educative resources on gay and lesbian rights to the media, policy makers and the community.
     
  • QLife -  webchat or call 1800 184 527. Anonymous, free phone and online chat service that provides information and referrals. Available 3pm-midnight every day of the year. 

For Workers

There are many useful and wonderful services and resources to support you in your practice. Check out the ones below, and get in touch for more!

 

Geelong-based Services:

  • Deakin LGBTIQ+ CommunityAn alliance of people of diverse sexes, genders and sexualities all working together to create a positive university environment

 

State-wide Services:

  • Rainbow NetworkThe Victorian Network for those who work with same sex attracted, gender diverse and intersex young people. Includes LGBTIQA+ youth resources and services across Victoria.

  • Safe Schools Victoria – The Safe Schools program helps schools foster a safe environment that is supportive and inclusive of LGBTI students. The Safe Schools Unit provides training, resources and consultancy for any school in Victoria.

  • Zoe Belle Gender Collective – Supports the health and wellbeing of Victoria’s trans and gender diverse population. ZBGC provide training and consultation around trans and gender diverse inclusive practice.

  • Organisation Intersex International AustraliaOII Australia is an independent support, education and policy development organisation, by and for people with intersex variations or traits.

  • GLHVGLHV is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health and wellbeing policy and resource unit. They offer a range of research and information resources, including the Rainbow Tick Accreditation standards

  

Resources and Research: 

  • Something For ThemA resource on meeting the support needs of same sex attracted, sex and gender diverse young people who are recently arrived, refugees or asylum seekers.

  • LGBTI Homelessness ProjectResearch and resources around supporting LGBTI people navigating housing and homelessness services.

  • From Blues to Rainbows A research report into the mental health and wellbeing of gender diverse and transgender young people in Australia.

  • Writing Themselves In 3 – A national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people.

  • We Are Family Too - Arab Council of Australia's report into the effects of homophobia in Arabic speaking families in NSW.

Video Resources

A video about the Sistergirl community: 

 


Jordan's Story - a video on what it's like being young and bisexual:

 

Trans 101 (check out the whole series!) 

 

What are pronouns and why are they important?

 

What it's like to be intersex:

 


Being a good ally and standing up against bullying:

 

 


GASP at the 2013 International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia:

 


  


*The GASP project and the City of Greater Geelong does not necessarily endorse the views outlined in any of the above resources.

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