Western Australia

Freedom Centre (FC) is here for young people (under 26) to support each other and their communities to be informed, happy and healthy about their sexuality, sex and gender. Our drop-in centre is a safe space to hang out, have fun, meet other LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, Queer, Questioning and otherwise diverse in their sexuality and/or gender) young people and get peer-support and info if you need it.

Please feel free to contact the Freedom Centre Coordinator, Dani, for support, info, or to ask any questions you might have on info@freedom.org.au / (08) 9482 0000 / (08) 9228 0354. The website (www.freedom.org.au) has heaps of info about our services.

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Online Forum & Support – email us at info@genderhelpforparents.com.au for more details

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Safe Schools Coalition (www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au)

We work directly with schools to create more inclusive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff members and families. We do this in a number of key ways:

  • Training and professional development for whole of school staff from introductory sessions through to more specialised modules
  • Resources, many of which can be viewed online http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/resources
  • Tailored consultation and advice, including supporting individual students to affirm or transition gender identity at school
  • Support for student-led activities ie. diversity groups, gay/straight alliances and/or StandOUT groups
  • School surveys to gain insight into student and staff perceptions, knowledge and experiences within the school

Safe Schools Coalition is federally funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and convened nationally by FYA. Original the program started in Victoria in 2010 and is in the process of being rolled out in every state and Territory in Australia. WA came on board in September 2015.

Katie Darby
Project Officer
Safe Schools Coalition WA
kdarby@sscwa.org.au
0484 642 540

Please note I currently work part-time hours

PFlag WA which may be of use for parents in WA. www.pflagwa.org.au

Living Proud: www.livingproud.org.au

Living Proud has been providing support, information and resources to the Western Australian LGBTIQ community for over 40 years. In fact, we are the longest running organisation of our kind in the Southern Hemisphere. As WA’s main LGBTIQ community service, our focus is on providing the LGBTIQ communities with essential services, such as QLife, health and wellbeing initiatives and community capacity building.

Living Proud also offer a number of training options for professionals including the Opening Closets Mental Health training (http://www.livingproud.org.au/living-proud-services/professional-services/opening-closets-training/) and other half and full-day workplace trainings that aim to improve accessibility for LGBTIQ people. We invite you to discuss any way we can assist you to ensure that your organisation is as inclusive as possible.

If you have any further questions please contact us at: admin@livingproud.org.au

QLife: www.qlife.org.au

QLife is a national Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) counselling and referral service. This service is confidential and run by volunteers who are passionate about helping others in the LGBTIQ community. This support is offered via telephone counselling (1800 184 527) as well as through our web chat, which can be accessed at www.qlife.org.au.

QLife provides a nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web-based service to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and well-being. We help callers with a range of issues relating to sexuality and gender, including coming out, as well as more general issues, such a relationship problems or simply a safe space to chat. This service is often the first point of contact for people who are coming out, but it is available to anyone, no matter how they identify. Our service is also increasingly being used by the friends and family of LGBTIQ people and mainstream service providers who are seeking accurate information and referral options for their relatives, friends or clients.

Guidelines for supporting sexual and gender diversity in schools – Equal Opportunity Commission Western Australia – Link to PDF here

This page is under construction – If you have any further resources for us to add – great GP’s, specialist, support organisations etc please email them to us so they can be added – info@genderhelpforparents.com.au