LGBTI+ Support Services

Mental Health and Counselling Support
 
  • Diverse Voices provides a free phone and online chat counselling and referral service (in conjunction with QLife) for people identifying as LGBTI+ call 1800 184 527 or visit their website (3pm to midnight, 7 days a week) 
  • The Centre for Human Potential provides 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 (12-24 years) 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. 

Wellbeing

Social Supports
 
  • Wendybird is a supportive network of 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. 
  • IndigiLez is a women's leadership and support group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbians and Same Sex Attracted Women
  • Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) Support Group Australia is a peer support, information and advocacy group for people affected by AIS and/or related intersex variations of sex characteristics and their families. 
  • Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland is run by transgender people for transgender people and provides emotion and moral support for people with Gender Dysphoria, their family and friends. 
  • PFLAG - Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Brisbane supports families with LGBTI+ children. 
  • Rainbow Families Queensland is a community based organisation supporting and advocating for LGBTI+ families and prospective families in Queensland. 
 
Legal Support
 
  • 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
 
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  • Qlife has developed short YouTube films to share the lived experience of LGBTI+ people called QLives 
The following service directories can assist you to find other local services or support groups for LGBTI+ communities:
 
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 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 hospitals, 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 LGBTI+