LGBTI+ Support Services
- Diverse Voices
Provides a free phone and online chat counselling and referral service (in conjunction with QLife) for people identifying as LGBTI+ (3pm to midnight, 7 days a week).
Call 1800 184 527 or visit their website.
- The Centre for Human Potential
Individual and group counselling and case management services.
Held in spaces provided by Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC), Open Doors Youth Service and the Centre for Human Potential.
- Open Doors Youth Service
Provides advocacy, case management, counselling services and referral support for LGBTIQ+ youth (12-24yrs) and their families.
- Relationships Australia Queensland’s Rainbow Program
Supports the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTI+ people through a counselling service, social and emotional support group, and training for service providers.
A supportive network for LGBTI+ people in Brisbane to develop social connections, offering community events, support groups and other initiatives.
- gar’ban’djee’lum (‘us mob’)
A safe, peer based and culturally supportive space of belonging for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender people, sistergirls and brotherboys in and around Brisbane.
A women’s leadership and support group for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbians and Same Sex Attracted Women.
- Seniors Community Visiting Service
Supports LGBTI clients to stay connected with others through regular contact with their visitor for conversation, social connection and outings.
- Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) Support Group Australia
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.
- Australian Transgender Support Assocation Queensland
Run by transgender people for transgender people and provides emotional and moral support for people with Gender Dysphoria, their family and friends.
Sexual health support
- Clinic 30
A free medical service provided by QuAC focusing on the mental health and sexual health of Brisbane’s LGBTI+ communities.
- LGBTI Legal Service
Offers free and confidential legal advice to members of Queensland’s LGBTI+ communities.
Information is also available online to help you understand how you are feeling and how to support yourself:
Has developed short YouTube films to share the lived experiences of LGBTI+ people called QLives.
The following service directories can assist you to find other local services or support groups for LGBTI+ communities:
- My Community Directory
- Lifeline Service Finder
- Diverse Voices - an LGBTI-led organisation has a directory of services that are specifically for or friendly to LGBTI+ people.
What to expect when accessing LGBTI+ services
- It can be challenging to find the right type of support that you feel most comfortable with and that is located near you. QLife can assist you through their referral service to find the right support to meet your needs.
- Your GP or mental health professional will play an important ongoing role in supporting you, so it’s important that you feel comfortable talking about any gender or sexuality issues with them.
- If you don’t feel comfortable, you can choose another by using an online service directory or asking for a recommendation from an LGBTI+ support organisation such as QuAC, Open Doors Youth Service or Diverse Voices.
- While LGBTI+ specific service providers are established to meet the needs of these communities, many mainstream providers also regularly undertake training and work directly with LGBTI+ people to improve the ability of their service to respond to your needs as an LGBTI+ person.
- If you access mainstream services in the community or in a hospital, you may be asked if you identify as LGBTI+. This information helps staff to make sure your personal needs are met. For example, they might be able to allocate you a staff member who also identifies as LGB