Albany Gay and Lesbian…and everyone in between” (AGAL) is a local group offering peer networking and support for people in Albany who identify as LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, genderqueer, questioning, same sex attracted), their families and friends, young and old, locals and visitors. We aim to provide a voice for LGBTIQ+ people in the Great Southern and foster local support, acceptance and celebration of minority sexualities and gender identities in our community. AGAL is the only acknowledged local service, support or network for LGBTIQ people.
Bisexual+ Community Perth is a safe place for people who are not straight or gay (we use “bisexual” as the umbrella term for that) to engage in respectful discussion, connect with people, and form community online. There are also regular opportunities to connect in person, including events for Bi Visibility Day (23/9) and the Pride Parade (November). You can join the Bisexual+ Community Perth group by going directly to http://www.facebook.com/groups/bicommperth
DISCHARGED is a peer support group for people to talk about suicidal thoughts, feelings and actions.
This peer-led group uses the “Alternatives to Suicide” philosophy and is a space for people with personal experience of suicidal thoughts or actions, to come together and talk about feeling suicidal without being judged or put through a crisis management system. We believe that suicidality occurs due to circumstances in people’s lives and so members will mindfully listen to each other’s stories rather than trying to ‘fix’ or diagnose people.”
Core Values of the group:
• Culture of mutual respect, support and empathy
• Group is based on ‘self-help’ with a focus on relationships
• Each person is honoured as the expert of their experiences
• Facilitators openly identify with the experience of suicidal thoughts
• No documentation of the group’s content is recorded (other than attendance)
• Relationships are based in respect and curiosity rather than judgment or fear
• Value is placed on meeting and accepting people as they are
• Freedom to interpret one’s own experiences in any way
• Freedom to challenge social norms
• Willingness to sit with people in deep distress and explore thoughts and feelings without jumping to clinical interventions
We believe that people are Deserving of Inclusion, Support, Community, Hope, Authenticity, Respect, Growth, Empathy and Determination. These values are central in our relationship focused approach to wellbeing.
The name DISCHARGED reflects our hope for the replacement of failing crisis management systems that emphasise in-patient treatment, to a more sustainable community approach that supports people experiencing profound distress.
GRAI works to protect the rights and well being of LGBTI elders, building visibility of their needs to ensure that they will be safe and welcomed whether accessing aged care services or in the community.
In the community we work to strengthen friendship networks and combat social isolation, organising social events such as film nights and picnics, and an annual intergenerational cafe as well as information forums on issues such as end of life planning, housing, and cyber safety. We have 2 on-going social programs, a discussion group that meets fortnightly in Mandurah and Perth, and a monthly lunch group for older lesbians.
Our work with aged care providers promotes LGBTI inclusive services. We deliver training to the sector, offering full and half day workshops, as well as a 5-day program that runs over 8 months. We also speak at conferences and deliver specially tailored training if requested.
We are a regional and community focused organisation that represent and strive for equality and inclusion for all people LGBTIQA+ and their supporters. We provide advocacy and training to workplaces, community groups, organisations and the general public on how to become a more inclusive community, especially to those LGBTIQA+ members with a disability, mental illness, elderly or of Aboriginal heritage.
Living Proud, formerly known as Gay and Lesbian Community Services, offers services for LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex) people and people from all diverse sexualities and genders, as well as their friends, families and support persons.
Living Proud operates the QLife national phone and webchat service. This service offers LGBTI peer counselling, information and support. Web and phone lines are open from 3pm to midnight, 365 days a year. The QLife number is 1800 184 527 and webchat can be accessed through https://qlife.org.au/
Living Proud also provides support through community capacity building – through LGBTI inclusiveness and awareness training for community service workers and suicide prevention training for the community. Living Proud can also provide consultancy and support services for organisations.
Living Proud provides further support for WA’s LGBTI social and support groups.
Provides a safe space service to the LGBTIQ+ youth of the South West.
Support for families and friends in an effort to understand and accept loved ones who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex with love and pride. Services include: bi-monthly support group meetings in West Perth, information and education.
A peer support network for all Trans and non-binary people and their loved ones. We provide up to date information in regard to medically and/or legally transitioning within Western Australia. Regular and varied events are held to build community.
There 4 in-person support groups (parents of gender diverse, Trans Women, Trans Men, Non Binary) and have 6 hidden online chat rooms (Parents of gender diverse, Partners of gender Diverse, Trans men, Trans Women, Non Binary, Juniors 11-16).
All TFolk of WA support spaces are monitored by trained volunteers.
A network led by peer supporters to grow peer support in services and communities. We are a network led by peer supporters to advance peer support and the peer support workforce in Western Australia. The Network is open to everyone with an interest in peer support (people using the power of empathy from a shared experience), across all sectors and walks of life. We build knowledge, skills and work together to grow peer support through:
• Information and Education
• Peer Supporters’ Network Meetings
• Peer to Peer Supervision for the Peer Workforce
• Special Events
• Global Peer Supporters Celebration Day