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LGBTIQ+ Young People

LGBTIQA+ Community

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Knox City Council supports the rights and aspirations of all community members regardless of their culture, faith, gender identity, biological sex characteristics, sexual orientation and linguistic diversity. We are committed to addressing and preventing discrimination and exclusionary practices affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and or questioning, asexual and many other terms (such as non-binary and pansexual) (LGBTIQA+) community members to ensure a safe and inclusive community for all.

Council aims to proactively respond to issues impacting LGBTIQA+ people in the community and the organisation. Council Plans incorporate both strategic intent and practical actions to support the LGBTIQA+ community in Knox.

Council participates in a number of events that celebrate our LGBTIQA+ community, including Midsumma Festival, Pride March and IDAHOBIT Day.

For an inclusive list of LGBTIQA+ services, information and resources on health, social, sporting, visit LGBTIQA+ Community.

LGBTIQ+ Groups for young people are included below;

IDAHOBIT Day 2020

To acknowledge IDAHOBIT 2020, Knox City Council hosted a webinar on self-care for LGBTIQ+ communities and how to be a supportive ally during coronavirus. The panel consisted of Mark Camilleri, Senior Practitioner at QueerSpace; Finn, an LGBTIQ+ young person; and Liam, an LGBTIQ+ ally and parent of a trans young person.

The panel discussed the impact of coronavirus on LGBTIQ+ communities and provided tips and strategies for maintaining mental well-being.

If you missed the webinar and would like to learn more, you can access a recording of the webinar:

Download MP3 Recording (31mb)

'Free 2 Be Me' Group

Free 2 Be Me provides a fun and safe space for young people aged 11-14 who identify as LGBTIQ+ or are questioning, with sessions running fortnightly after school hours. Young people can join at any time.

For a flyer visit Free 2Be Me

'4 Me' Group

4 Me is a support program for rainbow young people aged 14 - 18 who live, work, study or hang out in the City of Knox.

In a safe environment, young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ or are questioning will be able to explore their relationships with themselves, others and their community

For a flyer visit 4Me

'Emerge' Group

Emerge is a fortnightly support group for people aged 18-25 who may identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, gender diverse or questioning

In a safe and supportive environment, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with others in the LGBTIQ+ community and discuss things like coming out, transitioning, sexual health as well as friends, family and relationships. Best of all, you’ll build your confidence and have fun!

For a flyer visit Emerge

Knox Rainbow Youth Action Group

Are a group of young people helping to increase rainbow visibility in the City of Knox!

The Rainbow Youth Action Group is for LGBTIQ+ people aged 16-25 who are keen to develop new skills and are passionate about advocacy. You’ll participate in fortnightly meetings, undertake training, organise events and get involved in community education activities, such as public speaking at functions and schools.

For a flyer visit Knox Rainbow Youth Action Group

More information about the groups?

If you are interested, or require further information contact Knox City Council Youth Services, Madeleine Power t; 9298 8000 or madeleine.power@knox.vic.gov.au

Resources for Parents, Families and Friends

The following is a list of booklets and websites that are aimed at parents, family members and friends of young people, other information can be sourced by visiting LGBTIQA+ services, information and resources ie: health, social, sporting etc visit LGBTIQA+ Community.

Parents Group for Parents of LGBTIQ+ young people

Support group for parents and carers of LGBTIQ+ children and young people in Knox.

Knox’s parents and carers of LGBTIQ+ children/young people meet monthly to discuss the unique challenges and joys of raising LGBTIQ+ children.

It is an opportunity to connect with other parents and carers, share your experiences, and find out more about local services that can support your LGBTIQ+ child and your family.

For a flyer visit Parents of LGBTIQ+ young people

Australian LGBTIQA+ Policy Guide 2020

This guide has been developed by The Equality Project, Australia. All content is open for use by other bodies, organisations and political parties.

From 2014 to 2016, the policy team of the Australian Equality Party (AEP) consulted with several organisations,
experts, peak bodies and global political parties to assemble a policy roadmap to LGBTIQA+ inclusion.

This roadmap became Australia’s most extensive LGBTIQA+ political policy document, covering themes as diverse
as parenting, LGBTQA+ conversion practices and ideology, and LGBTIQA+ asylum seekers.

Although the AEP de-registered in 2017, the party’s leaders opted to share this extensive policy strategy with all Australian political parties and like-minded organisations so that the knowledge and recommendations contained in the strategy would inform the development of stronger LGBTIQA+ platforms in each party.

The guide is subject to continuous improvement. Please contact the Equality Project if you would like to make suggestions or provide advice about its content.

Trans @ School

This resource has been developed in partnership between the LGBTI Legal Service, Legal Aid Queensland and the Queensland Human Rights Commission, in consultation with the Queensland Children’s Gender Service, young people, parents and educators.

This guide is for schools and provides guidance on matters that arise in the school environment.


Visit the website Queensland Human Right Commission .

Making Sense booklet

This booklet has been produced by the SSAFE (Same Sex Attracted Friendly Environments) in Schools Project, Family Planning Victoria; funded by the Victorian Premier’s Drug Prevention Council and VicHealth.

Making Sense includes Information for parents, families and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender young people.

The Making Sense booklet is written primarily for parents of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender young people who live in Victoria. If you are a friend or other relative, or your child is no longer a young person, or you live outside Victoria, you will still find it helpful. It aims to answer some of your questions, and to help you make sense of some concepts and issues that you may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. It is designed to support you and to help you through the range of emotions you may be feeling.

Download the 'Making Sense' booklet (PDF).

My Friend is Gay

This booklet was produced by the Pride & Diversity Project with funds provided by the Monash School Focused Youth Service.

Why write this booklet?


The Project identified that young people often seek support from their friends before they seek support from an adult or professional. There is currently little to no positive resources available for peers of young people who are same-sex attracted. The purpose of this resource is to educate and inform young people about sexual identity and diversity.

The booklet was originally conceptualised with young people in mind. However, people from all ages and backgrounds can utilise this booklet and learn about understanding and empathising with a same-sex attracted young person.

Download My friend is gay (PDF).



Keeping Families Together

Keeping families together is a handbook for families and friends produced by PFLAG (Parents & Friends of Lesbian and Gay people).

PFLAG


Are the parents and friends of lesbian and gay people. PFLAG holds monthly support meetings, have an information telephone line, and provide resources to educate parents and others on issues of homosexuality. There are PFLAG groups all over the world, providing comfort and reassurance to help families stay together.

Download the 'Keeping Families Together - PLFAG' booklet (PDF).


GQ: Gender Questioning booklet

The first question often asked after we’re born is “Is it a boy or a girl?” The assumption is that a child will fulfil one of those two distinct categories. But we are not all born ‘standard male’ or ‘standard female’. The reality is that humans are more complex. There are many shades of grey between male and female.

The 'GQ: Gender Questioning' booklet is for people aged 16 to 25 who are questioning their gender - for people who feel like the gender assigned through sex doesn’t fit.

'GQ: Gender Questioning' booklet may assist to help figure out some very confusing stuff.

Download the 'GQ: Gender Questioning' booklet (PDF).

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