Support for young people who identify as LGBTIQ+
Find information below about support groups that provide assistance to young people in Queensland who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ).
Please remember that calls from mobile phones may attract charges, even to 1800 numbers.
beyondblue support service
beyondblue provides information and support to all Australians who may be struggling with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm.
Contact beyondblue on:
Formerly the Gay and Lesbian Welfare Association Queensland, Diverse Voices is a non-profit organisation with a focus on the wellbeing of LGBTI communities through the operation of the Gay Line and Lesbian Line, a peer telephone counselling service.
You can also access their counselling service, QLife, which provides a place to talk about mental health, relationships, isolation, coming out, and a host of other concerns. Contact QLife on:
- phone 1800 184 527 (3pm to midnight every day)
- online chat (3pm to midnight every day).
DVConnect is a statewide telephone service offering free crisis counselling and support to people affected by domestic and family violence. You can contact them on the following numbers:
- DVConnect Womensline — phone 1800 811 811 (24 hours, 7 days a week)
- DVConnect Mensline — phone 1800 600 636 (9am to midnight, 7 days a week).
headspace is run by the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, providing mental health services for young people aged 12 to 25. Contact headspace on:
Kids Helpline is a free and confidential counselling service for young people 5 to 25. You can talk to a counsellor on:
LGBTI Legal Service
The LGBTI Legal Service provides legal advice and information to clients who have legal problems arising from their identification as LGBTI and/or because they feel more comfortable dealing with a solicitor with specific skills, interest and understanding of LGBTI legal issues and the barriers experienced by these communities in accessing the legal system.
They may assist you with legal issues associated with:
- family law
- domestic violence
- surrogacy and parenting rights
- criminal law
- victims support
- civil matters
- legal issues in relation to government decisions
National LGBTI Health Alliance
The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia that provides health-related programs, services and research focused on LGBTI communities.
Open Doors Youth Service
The Open Doors Youth Service provides counselling and support services for LGBTI young people aged 12 to 24 and their families who live in South East Queensland.
The support they provide includes:
- Reconnect Program
- Peer Mentor Program
- Drop-in (12 to 18 year olds)
- Young and Proud (18 to 24 year olds)
- Jellybeans (transgender)
- QueerYarn (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander)
- Queeriosity Youth Festival.
They also provide support to family members to assist them in supporting and having healthy relationships with their children, providing – upon request – a mediation service to assist communication and resolution of current conflicts.
PFLAG (for parents)
Parent and Friends of Lesbians and Gays Brisbane (PFLAG) is a support group for parents of LGBTIQ people in Queensland. They also strive to support LGBTIQ people who are, or fear, they may be abandoned by their families. Contact PFLAG on:
- phone 0400 767 832
Queensland AIDS Council
The Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC) is an independent, community-based health promotion charity which helps all LGBTI people to achieve the best possible health and wellbeing.
The Queensland Police Service LGBTIQ Liaison Program provides support and assistance to LGBTI community members when dealing with police matters.
If you wish to speak to an LGBTI Liaison Officer, please advise the officer taking your complaint or contact PoliceLink on 131 444, who will identify a liaison officer in your area.
True Colours (PCYC & headspace)
Facilitated by PCYC Queensland in partnership with headspace, True Colours is a life skills program for young people aged 13 to 18 who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual, pansexual or any other expression of diverse genders and/or sexualities.
This program is currently being delivered at 3 sites:
- headspace Nundah
- headspace Woolloongabba
- headspace Meadowbrook.
Each centre provides 2 True Colours programs per year.
Contact True Colours on:
- phone 0424 132 874