There's a lot going on in our busy lives and even more so now with restrictions during Covid-19 changing our lives work and social patterns. Everyone has their ways of managing and sometimes that may not seem to work or maybe you just want to improve on what you already do. We've listed a number of services below that are familiar with LGBTIQA+ community and can help in a variety of ways.
SOCIAL SUPPORT AND MENTAL HEALTH
QLifeQLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
QLife services are free and include both telephone and webchat support, delivered by trained LGBTI community members across the country. Our services are for LGBTI individuals, their friends and families, and health professionals in Australia.Beyond the telephone, QLife offers webchat for people who prefer online interactions or for whom the phone is impractical.
Phone 1800 184 527 and Webchat https://qlife.org.au/
3PM to Midnight, every day
Twenty10 - (Young people)
We work with people across Sydney and New South Wales who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, non-binary, intersex, questioning, queer, asexual and more (LGBTIQA+) people and others of diverse genders and sexualities, their families and communities.
We are a Sydney based service working across New South Wales, providing a broad range of specialised services for young people 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and social support. For adults we provide social support and for people of all ages we offer telephone support and webchat as the NSW provider for the national QLife project. We also offer inclusivity training and consulting for organisations and service providers across most sectors.
Counselling, information and resources about mental health https://www.acon.org.au/what-we-are-here-for/mental-health/
The Ankali Project
The Ankali Project provides training, and support to volunteers who in turn provide emotional and social support to socially isolated people living with HIV.
Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF)
‘Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF) is Australia’s longest-running HIV charity.
BGF provides direct financial and practical assistance, emotional support, financial counselling, housing, study and employment support to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people living with HIV in New South Wales.
BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation is committed to empowering the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQ+ community through innovation, inclusion, understanding and advocacy.
Black Rainbow is a national advocacy platform and touchpoint for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBQTI) peoples. We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI people through a variety of community projects and initiatives that we have, and continue, to develop.
Sydney Queer Muslims
Sydney Queer Muslims is a non-profit organisation dedicated to providing social support, education and resources to individuals and families in NSW. The organisation is made up from a diverse range of volunteers, all united by the same faith. We aspire to support and advocate for people of diverse sexualities , genders and intersex status to reconcile their sexual identity with their faith.
Mature Age Gays (MAG)
MAG SYDNEY, otherwise known as Mature Age Gay Sydney, or MAG; is a social club for gay and bi sexual men and our supporters. We care for each other, sharing friendships and affection with people in similar situations so as to lead a full life as possible.
‘TransHub is a digital information and resource platform for all trans and gender diverse (TGD) people in NSW, our loved ones, allies and health providers.’
Sydney Bi+ Network
‘Sydney Bi+ Network (SBN) are a volunteer-run, grassroots organisation dedicated to improving the well-being of bi+ people across Sydney.’
Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA)
‘Intersex Human Rights Australia is a national not-for-profit company by and for people born with variations of sex characteristics.’
‘The Sydney Silverbacks Wrestling Club (also known as Harbour City Wrestling Club) is a LGBTQI and straight friendly, not-for-profit community sporting club based in Sydney.’
BentstixBentstix is dedicated to continually building a diverse, competitive and friendly environment that welcomes all new members wishing to play hockey, get fit and make new friends.
The Sydney Convicts are Australia’s first gay and inclusive rugby union club.
We are committed to building a competitive, social and diverse club which welcomes players from all levels of experience. The primary aim is the enjoyment of rugby in a prejudice free environment. Along the way to achieving this goal, the Sydney Convicts have broken down barriers and challenged stereotypes, not just on the rugby field but also in the wider community.
Sexual health resources, safe sex packs, information and more:
Support around substance use at Pivot Point:
Support and advice for older members of our communities:
The Albion Centre
The Albion Centre (Albion) is an interdisciplinary heath care facility providing specialist care for people living with HIV and viral Hepatitis. Clinicians provide up-to-date and comprehensive: HIV testing, HIV monitoring and treatment, Sexual health testing and treatment, Nutrition and lifestyle management, Psychological and counselling interventions, Tobacco Treatment
T150 is an innovative specialist HIV and Sexual Health Service providing holistic care for the transgender and gender diverse (TGD) community in a dedicated clinical space.
The Institute of Many (TIM)
We’re Australia’s largest grassroots movement for People Living with HIV. We’re a place where People Living with HIV find support, online and in person.
‘SWOP is Australia’s largest and longest established community-based, peer education sex worker organisation focused on HIV, STI and hepatitis C prevention, education and health promotion for sex workers in NSW.’
Scarlet Alliance, Australian Sex Workers Association, through our objectives, policies and programs, aims to achieve equality, social, legal, political, cultural and economic justice for past and present workers in the sex industry, in order for sex workers to be self-determining agents, building their own alliances and choosing where and how they work.
Say It Out Loud
Say it Out Loud encourages people from LGBTIQ communities to start talking about our relationships. What is wonderful and unique about them? How can we improve them? What behaviours won’t we, as individuals and as a community, accept?
Information and resources about LGTIQ Domestic and Family Violence
Inner City Legal
Fact sheets on Domestic and Family Violence in LGBTIQ Relationships as well as other criminal and civil law issues:
‘As a community organisation run by LGBTQ+ families, we act as a support network for parents and carers, their children as well as future parents and carers.’
Support for parents of parents and families of LGBTIQ+ people. ‘We believe it is crucial for families and friends to have accurate, unbiased information regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer issues. The most important thing is KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER by acceptance and greater knowledge.’
‘Transcend provides parent/carer support, community connection, information, advocacy & fundraising.’
Recreation & Interests
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) is one of the oldest continuously operating LGBTQI+ organisations in Australia. SGLMG was built on the foundations laid by early community activists who fought for LGBTQI+ rights in a time of wide-spread, institutionalised oppression and discrimination. From these origins, SGLMGhas evolved to include a strong focus on celebration while maintaining a commitment to social justice for LGBTQI+ communities.
Queer Screen is the home of the Mardi Gras Film Festival (February), and Queer Screen Film Fest, (September).
Pride History Group
Pride History is a volunteer community group dedicated to researching, writing about and recording memories of Sydney's LGBTIQ history. We welcome participation from individuals wishing to tell their story. If you would like to be involved and help us to discover, preserve and share Sydney's LGBTI histories, please contact us.