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.
- QuAC Queensland AIDS Council offers and supports multiple programs to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI+ Queenslanders
- Clinic 30 is a free medical service focusing on the mental health and sexual health of Brisbane's LGBTI+ Queenslanders
- The Gender Clinic operates from Clinic 30 on Wednesdays. All consultations are bulk-billed, so there is no direct charge to people who hold a Medicare Card.
- Seniors Community Visiting Service supports LGBTI+ clients to stay connected with others through regular contact with their visitor for conversation, social connection and outings.
- Alcohol and other drugs, QuAC offers information and resources to reduce the harms associated with drug and alcohol use within the LGBTI+ community.
- Domestic and Family Violence advice, referrals and confidential support
- Queer Without Fear, Domestic and Family Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Relationships
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
- 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 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+