Sexuality & gender diversity

We are an ally for members of our community who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) and stand against all forms of LGBTIQ-phobic discrimination and behaviour.

This commitment is part of our LGBTIQ Action Plan which was endorsed in June 2015, our Diversity, Access and Equity Policy, and our involvement as an active member of the GLBTIQ Western Region Councils' Working Group.

Marriage equality statement

At an Ordinary Meeting on 12 September 2017, Council voted to endorse a position statement in support of marriage equality, because we believe all of our residents, staff, community members and their families deserve to be treated equally before the law.

Find out more about our statement on the marriage equality page, and watch this video:

Wear it Purple Day 2017

On 25 August 2017, close to 100 staff from across the organisation came to work in their purple finest, and joined Deputy Mayor Cr Cam Nation for Wear it Purple Day. This day is about supporting and empowering LGBTIQA+ young people to be proud of who they are!

We heard from working group member Sally, who grew up in Essendon, about her struggles growing up trans, and from Maria, Manager of Community Strengthening, about the work we are doing for LGBTIQA+ seniors in obtaining a a Rainbow Tick accreditation.

Here is a quick video filmed at the event with some messages of support for our wonderful young people:

To find out how we can support you, visit our youth section or get in contact with the Valley Youth Facebook page.

Rainbow stories in the Valley - submit your story!

Rainbow stories in the Valley shares the experiences of people in our community who identify LGBTIQ.

We are opening up submissions to our 'Rainbow stories in the Valley' project which we started three years ago. These stories were printed on large storyboards and displayed across Council including at the Clocktower Centre, at our libraries and at the Incinerator Gallery.

Submit your story! Your submission can be completely anonymous - whatever you feel comfortable with.

Read the previous stories and listen to footage from the launch event which took place in May 2015.

Queer youth group

Our Valley Youth team runs a social group for young people (12 to 25 years) who are LGBTIQ or questioning. The group meets fortnightly on Wednesdays from 4pm-6pm.

This is an exciting opportunity to have fun, meet young people in your area, and participate in activities and initiatives!

Find out more or register your interest by emailing youth@mvcc.vic.gov.au

Gayby Baby 2016 

In May 2016, we hosted a screening of the critically-acclaimed Australian documentary Gayby Baby (PG) at the Cloctower Centre, an intimate and sometimes humorous insight into the lives of children growing up with same-sex parents. 

All you need is love

In January 2016 we hosted the photographic exhibition All you need is love at the Incinerator Gallery. The exhibition featured photos from Lisa White's In Bed Project, celebrating the love and diversity of families in our community who may not meet the heteronormative idea of what a family looks like. 

Watch this video capturing the launch event:

Contacts and resources

This list compiles relevant organisations and material available to the LGBTIQ community and allies. It has been compiled by Moonee Valley’s LGBTIQ Working Group and includes just some of the many organisations supporting the Victorian LGBTIQ community. These have been grouped by:

  • General
  • Specific organisations
  • Arts and culture
  • Sports
  • Faith organisations

Council does not take responsibility for the accuracy of the information presented. Individuals are advised to do their research and contact organisations directly to find out more.

General

  • Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council - a peak body for individuals/groups from a Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer multicultural background.
  • Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives - collecting, preserving and celebrating Australia’s queer past.
  • Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) - a centre for social research into sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships.
  • Anti Violence Project of Victoria Inc - the peak Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organisation leading discussion on violence and its impacts within and against the community. We welcome and support Intersex individuals who identify with the sexuality and gender diverse community. We’re volunteer based and not-for-profit.
  • Coming Out Australia - helping people in the GLBTIQ Community with coming out.
  • Gay, Lesbian Health Victoria’s guide for interaction with health care providers – tips on how to find health care providers who provide GLBTI sensitive service.
  • Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV) – promoting LGBTI Victorians’ health and wellbeing and has a range of programs, training and resources.
  • National LGBTI Health Alliance - 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.
  • Not so Straight - a website specifically built to help young people find information and support about sex and sexuality. This website will help you find lots of information and will show you lots of other places (both online and in the real world) that you can go to for support, advice and information about being gay, lesbian or bisexual.
  • Queerspace - provides a safe and supportive space to obtain information and support services aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing by specialist queer and queer affirmative mental health practitioners.
  • QLife (also known as Switchboard in Victoria) - QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people.
  • QLife Guides – provides comprehensive guides across a range of topics for LGBTIQ communities and service providers.
  • Rainbow Families Victoria - volunteer community organisation supporting and promoting equality for ‘rainbow’ families (parents and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender or intersex, and their children).
  • Rainbow Network – membership based organisation that provides opportunities for people who work with same sex attracted, intersex, trans and gender diverse young people to exchange information, discuss issues, hear from guest speakers, advocate, develop partnerships and engage with activities and initiatives.
  • Switchboard Victoria - (now known nationally as QLife) - a volunteer organisation which provides a telephone counselling, referral and information service for the Victorian and Tasmanian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities as well as family and friends of LGBTIQ individuals and health and welfare professionals with LGBTIQ clients. Switchboard is a partner in QLife.
  • Victorian Aids Council - provides a range of services which include prevention education, treatment and care of PLHIV and counselling services.
  • Victoria Police Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLO) – Moonee Valley has a specific GLLO officer who can assist by providing discrete, non-judgemental advice and assistance in the reporting of crimes.
  • WorkingOUT is a specialist employment service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse or intersex identified people with a disability or mental health condition that may be a barrier to employment.

Specific organisations

  • Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group - a peer support, information and advocacy group for people affected by AIS and/or related intersex variations, and their families. (Note that intersex is also known as a Disorder of Sex Development or DSD).
  • Black Rainbow Australia - social network for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples people who identify as LGBTI, sistergirl or brotherboy. Also advocates for better mental health and suicide prevention. Black Rainbow supports the strong & fabulous Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, sistergirl & brotherboy & queer community.
  • Bisexual Alliance Victoria – a non-profit volunteer-run organisation dedicated to promoting the acceptance of bisexuals* in LGBTI and mainstream society, providing a fun, safe space where bisexuals can meet, make friends, and talk about their experiences, and informing the bisexual community about relevant news and opportunities for activism.
  • Genderqueer Australia - specialises in the support of gender questioning and genderqueer people, their family, friends and professionals who they go to for help.
  • Living Positive Victoria - the state’s peak body representing people living with HIV and is committed to the advancement of human rights and wellbeing of all people living with HIV.
  • Matrix Guild - founded in 1992 by a group of lesbian feminists for the benefit of lesbians over forty years of age. They promote appropriate care and support for older lesbians; challenge ageism and oppose discrimination; and provide some accommodation in Victoria for older lesbians who are financially disadvantaged.
  • Minus 18 - Australia's largest youth led organisation for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans youth.
  • Organisation Intersex International Australia Limited - an independent support, education and policy development organisation, by and for people with intersex variations or traits. Our work focuses on human rights, bodily autonomy and self-determination, and on evidence-based, patient-directed healthcare.
  • Polyvic - For the polyamorous community
  • Seahorse Victoria – a support and social group for the Victorian transgender community.
  • The Shed - Melbourne based support group for trans masculine people and their allies.    
  • Spaced Out Inc - Australia's first LGBT science fiction club, for sci-fi fans who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered or intersex and their friends (Melbourne based). Meet like-minded life-forms and have fun! Get together for movies, DVDs, Dinners and special events.    
  • Transgender Victoria - educates organisations and workplaces on how to provide better services for TGD people, and seeks ways to provide direct services to the TGD community. TGV also works with and for the TGD community to create positive change in human rights and policy development.
  • Val’s café - works with service providers in a number of ways to create inclusive services for older LGBTI people. These include: education, networking, resource provision and development, capacity building, advocacy, policy and strategy and workforce support and development.
  • Vic Bears - a Gay and Bi Mens Social Club team/club based in Collingwood, Victoria, Australia.
  • Vintage Men - Social and Support Group for Mature Gay and Bisexual Men and their Friends.
  • Yellow Kitties - social support group for asian lesbians, bi, questioning, intersex, transgender of all ages. We are located in Melbourne, Australia. Partners and friends are also welcome, regardless of their nationality.
  • Y gender – a peer led social support and advocacy group for trans/gender diverse young people.

Arts and culture

  • Hares and Hyenas - Melbourne's queer and alternative bookshop, café and performance venue, Hares & Hyenas specialises in books, DVDs and materials for queer, gender and sexuality diverse people. Our busy performance venue, Hare Hole, is open to all performances and every stripe of audience members. We are situated just off Brunswick Street in the heart of Spanishtown.
  • Joy 94.9 - is an independent voice for the diverse lesbian and gay communities in Melbourne and online.
  • Midsumma Festival – Melbourne’s annual festival of queer arts and culture.
  • Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus - an award winning choir with a passionate commitment to camaraderie through music and striving for musical excellence.
  • Melbourne Rainbow Band - a Gay and Lesbian community concert band. We began in 1995, and currently have around 40 members drawn from the GLBTI and straight communities. We are a non-profit community group.    
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival - Australia's largest and longest-running queer film festival, held each March at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) located in Federation Square.
  • shOUT (formerly the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Youth Chorus) - Australasia’s first gay and lesbian youth chorus for young people aged between 16 and 29.

Sports

  • LezRock - Rock Climbing - Les Rock is a social indoor/outdoor rockclimbing network for lesbians, open to all, in and around Melbourne. The aim is to meet like minded people who enjoy climbing. The network is open to all with any skill level, ranging from beginners to advanced.
  • Purple Bombers are a Coterie group and aim to assist the Essendon Football Club and the AFL in being leaders of change by creating a safe environment for LGBTIQ supporters and players, by encouraging
  • Proud2Play - connects directly with SSA and GSD young people (between the ages of 14–24) who wish to participate in group/community sporting programs near to them, but feel uncomfortable or threatened being involved in such an environment. It seeks to create sporting environments of which all people, no matter of gender, sexual orientation or skill levels feel 100% comfortable and happy being involved.
  • Team Melbourne - began in 2004 and has emerged for and by Melbourne’s queer sporting clubs in lieu of any other partnership, alliance or central leadership from pre-existing organisations. Runs the annual LGBTIQ Sports Festival in February. See the website for the full list of member clubs across the full range of sports.

Faith organisations

  • Aleph - Aleph Melbourne is a social, support and advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people (and allies) in Melbourne's Jewish community; operating since 1995. All contact is confidential.
  • Freedom2B - Assists LGBTI people from Christian backgrounds on their journey to reconciling their faith, sexuality and gender identity.
  • Keshet - Keshet Australia is committed to challenging the ongoing prejudice and discrimination within the Jewish community, including investigating the experiences of all Jews who may, or may not feel able to come out. Includes education campaigns and initiatives for, and in partnership with, Jewish communal organisations; especially schools, youth movements, aged care-homes and synagogues.
  • JAG (Jewish and Gay) Melbourne - JAG (Jewish and Gay) is a cultural and social platform for connecting young LGBTI Jewish Adults in the Melbourne community. JAG provides social supports and networking, as well as advocacy for inclusion and diversity within the Jewish community of Melbourne. JAG hosts a range of events as well as an annual 'JEWcy' retreat which hosts LGBTI participants from around Australia for a weekend of education and social activities.
  • Jewish Lesbian Group of Victoria - JLGV began in 1992, getting together to celebrate the Jewish holidays and LGBTI events, but also to discuss issues such as lesbophobia, anti-Semitism and “coming out.”
  • Marhaba - Marhaba is a social group that focuses on the welfare of LGBTIQ Muslims in Victoria. It offers a welcoming and confidential space for people to share stories, celebrate their sexuality and retain their faith and spirituality.
  • Metropolitan Community Church Melbourne - with branches all over Australia, the MCC Prides itself in being an inclusive and LGBTI-friendly place of worship.    

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Last updated: Tuesday, 19 September 2017, 7:09 AM