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.
Another Closet provides information for people in LGBTIQ relationships who are, or may be, experiencing domestic and family violence.
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 phone 1300 224 636 (24 hours), online chat (3pm to 12am), or by email.
Formerly the Gay and Lesbian Welfare Association Queensland, Diverse Voices is a non-profit organisation with a focus on the wellbeing of LGBTIQ 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) or 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).
Expanded Horizons Program
The Expanded Horizons Program is delivered by Wesley Mission Queensland and provides support to young LGBTIQAP+ Queenslanders in the Gold Coast Region through the delivery of 2 programs: QSpace for 12 to 17 year olds, and QPlus for 18 to 25 year olds. For more information phone 1300 865 302 or complete the contact form.
LGBTI Legal Service
The LGBTI Legal Service provides legal advice and information to clients who have legal problems arising from their identification as LGBTIQ and/or because they feel more comfortable dealing with a solicitor with specific skills, interest and understanding of LGBTIQ 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 LGBTIQ communities.
Open Doors Youth Service
Open Doors Youth Service provides support services to LGBTIQAP+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy young people aged 12 to 24 and their families who live in South East Queensland.
The support they provide includes:
- early intervention support for young people at risk of disengaging with community including housing support (Reconnect Program)
- social groups including:
- Drop In (under 18s group)
- Young and Proud (over 18s)
- Jellybeans (for Transgender and Gender Diverse young people aged 12 to 24)
- Yarning Circle (for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people)
- Art Group
- annual events including Pride and Queeriosity
- alcohol and other drug program
- national suicide prevention trial
- art therapy
- mediation and advocacy
- training and education
An initial 'intake' appointment is required to access the service. Please call Open Doors Youth Service to book this in with one of their friendly Youth Workers.
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 or email.
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. Find out more.
Say it out loud
Say it out loud encourages people from LGBTIQ communities to start talking about their relationships, including what is wonderful and unique about them, how they can improve them, and what behaviours won’t be accepted by individuals and as a community.
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 or by email.