Individuals come from and identify with diverse genders, sexes and bodies.
In Australia, and other parts of the world, the acronym LGBTIQA+ attempts to capture such diversity and stands for lesbian, gay, bisexuality, trans, gender diverse, non-binary, intersex, queer, asexual and aromantic (ace and aro) peoples. The ‘+’ stands for all other sexualities, sexes and genders that aren’t captured within these letters. LGBTIQA+ people may experience discrimination, harassment and hostility in many parts of their everyday life – in their places of work and education, when accessing health or other services. Issues impacting people who identify as LGBTIQA+ can be complex and varying, unique to each individual, family and community. As such, the experience, response and impact for each person will differ from person to person.
Lifeline is committed to listening and supporting you, without judgement.
While each person will respond to and cope with these types of experiences and issues in different ways, some signs to look out for that you, or someone you care about is struggling are:
QLife provides Australia-wide anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. QLife services are free and include both telephone and webchat support, delivered by trained LGBTI community members across the country. Our services are for LGBTI individuals, their friends and families, and health professionals in Australia. Beyond the telephone, QLife offers webchat for people who prefer online interactions or for whom the phone is impractical.
The National LGBTI Health Alliance is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.
Visit: LGBTI Health
Black Rainbow is a national advocacy platform and touchpoint for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBQTI) peoples. We support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBQTI people through a variety of community projects and initiatives that we have, and continue, to develop. We call these initiatives Contagion of Love projects.
Visit: Black Rainbow
As a young girl, Jaz loved playing soccer and riding her BMX bike. When she hit puberty, her love of life deserted her. She’d spend hours standing in front of the mirror, arms straight by her sides wishing she could always hide her curves. For the next 20 years she tried to destroy herself.
She wanted to transition but worried about acceptance. Today, Jaz is 37 and three years into his transition. All along, he has been supported and loved by mum Sheree who has even helped pay for surgery and observed: “Every parent has dreams for their children, but you have to realise your dreams aren’t their dreams. It’s their life and they have to do what makes them happy.”