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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, queer or any other sexual identity that falls under the queer umbrella (LGBTIQ+).

Please remember that calls from mobile phones may attract charges, even to 1800 numbers.

Another Closet

Another Closet provides information for people in LGBTIQ relationships who are, or may be, experiencing domestic and family violence.

Diverse City

Diverse City is a life skills program for young people aged 12 to 25 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 the following 4 sites:

Any young person considering the group should contact their nearest centre.

Diverse Voices

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, 7 days) or online chat (3pm to midnight, 7 days).

DVConnect

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:

headspace

headspace is run by the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, providing mental health services for young people aged 12 to 25. Contact headspace on phone 1800 650 890, online chat or by email.

Kids Helpline

Kids Helpline is a free and confidential counselling service for young people aged 5 to 25. You can talk to a counsellor on phone 1800 55 1800 (24 hours, 7 days), online chat or by email.

LGBTI Legal Service

The LGBTI Legal Service offers free and confidential legal advice to Queensland residents who identify as members of the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex community. The solicitors have specific knowledge of LGBTIQ legal issues and understand 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 (including victim support)
  • employment law
  • gender identity
  • civil law
  • administrative law and government decisions
  • discrimination and human rights issues.

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 aged 12 to 18 at risk of homelessness or disengaging with community including housing support (Reconnect Program)
  • PRIDE Art Therapy Program
  • Alcohol and Other Drug Program
  • National Suicide Prevention Trial
  • social groups including:
    - Haus of Pride (aged 12 to 24)
    - Young and Proud (aged 18 to 24)
    - Jellybeans (for Transgender and Gender Diverse young people aged 12 to 24)
  • annual events including Pride and Queeriosity
  • mediation and advocacy
  • training and education
  • workshops.

An initial intake appointment is required to access the service. Please phone Open Doors Youth Service on (07) 3257 7660 to book an appointment 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.

QSpace

QSpace is a non-profit service on the Gold Coast supporting gender diverse, sexually and romantically diverse, intersex and questioning young people (inclusive of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual, pansexual etc). A weekly group program is available for 12 to 17 year olds.

If you’re 18 to 25 years old, their QPlus program holds social events, skill sharing, learning opportunities and community exploration.

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 and participate fully in the life of communities, free from stigma and discrimination.

Queensland Police

The Queensland Police Service LGBTI Liaison Program provides a professional, non-discriminatory, accessible policing service to members of the LGBTI communities. 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.

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.

Youth Beyond Blue

Youth Beyond Blue provides information and support to all young Australians who may be struggling with anxiety, depression or thoughts of self-harm. Contact Youth Beyond Blue on phone 1300 22 4636 (24 hours, 7 days), online chat (3pm to midnight, 7 days), or by email.