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Sexuality, gender identity & intersex

We support members of our community who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) and stand again all forms of LGBTIQ-phobic discrimination and behaviour.

This commitment is part of our LGBTIQ Action Plan which was endorsed in June 2015, and our involvement as an active member of the GLBTIQ Western Region Councils' Working Group.

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Midsumma 2017

Logos for Midsumma and Go West

Join us in celebrating Midsumma, Melbourne’s annual festival of queer arts and culture!

Look out for the rainbow flags flying across Moonee in January, and take part in the following events and activities:

  • The Incinerator Gallery will host two exhibitions from Friday, 20 January to Sunday, 12 February: Convergent Pathologies which explores the experiences of transgender and gender diverse people living with mental illness, and Beautiful Women which celebrates the contributions LGBTIQ women who have made to challenging narrow definitions of femineity and perfection.
  • March with us under the GOWEST banner at the annual Pride March on Sunday, 29 January. Email to register.
  • The Mad Hatters Tea Party, an event for young people aged 12-25 years, is back for its second year on Saturday, 4 February, 12 noon to 4pm at Melbourne Treasury Gardens. There will be food trucks, DJs and prizes for best costume!

Check out the full program of events happening across Melbourne on the Midsumma Festival website.

Gayby Baby 2016 

In 2016, we hosted a screening of the critically-acclaimed Australian documentary Gayby Baby (PG), an intimate and sometimes humorous insight into the lives of children growing up with same-sex parents.

This event was in support of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (17 May).

All you need is love

In January 2016 we hosted the photographic exhibition All you need is love at the Incinerator Gallery.

The exhibition featured photos from Lisa White's In Bed Project, celebrating the love and diversity of families in our community who may not meet the heteronormative idea of what a family looks like. 

Watch this video capturing the launch event:

Queer youth group

Our Youth Services team has launched a new social group for young people (12 to 25 years) who are LGBTIQ or questioning. The group will meet fortnightly on Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm.

This is an exciting opportunity to have fun, meet young people in your area, and participate in activities and initiatives!

Find out more or register your interest by emailing

Rainbow stories in the Valley

Rainbow stories in the Valley shares the stories of people in our community who identify LGBTIQ.

Read these powerful stories and listen to footage from the launch event which took place in May 2015 in support of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (17 May).

Support and resources

People experiencing personal difficulties as a result of homophobia can find support and resources at:

Need to talk to someone?

Switchboard Victoria on 9663 2474

  • Mon, Tues, Thurs: 6-10pm
  • Wed: 2-10pm
  • Fri, Sat, Sun and public holidays: 6-9pm

Lifeline on 13 11 14

  • 24 hours

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Last updated: Thursday, 19 January 2017, 4:59 AM



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