Melton LGBTIQA+ Resources

We are committed to fostering inclusivity, diversity, and support for the LGBTIQA+ community in our municipality. This is echoed in the current Council and Wellbeing plan in which Council supports community wellbeing framed by principles of public health and health promotion. We are committed to supporting those communities who may not have fair and equal access to resources, in which it has included Melton’s gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) community.

This Resource Page serves as a centralised hub, providing valuable information, support services, and resources tailored to your needs.

You will find comprehensive information on your rights, access to support services, resources for health and well-being, educational materials, and a calendar of local events and celebrations. We are dedicated to promoting awareness, understanding, and acceptance among our broader population.

Explore the sections and make use of the valuable resources available. We encourage your feedback and suggestions to better support you. Together, we can create a vibrant and inclusive community for all. 

Information on Rights & Protection for LGBTIQA+ people

Legal rights and protections for the LGBTIQA+ community

Anti-discrimination laws and policies

Resources on understanding sexual orientation, gender identity, and terminology

  • Terminology: This suggested but not exhaustive glossary provides an overview of terms used in the LGBTIQA+ community, fostering understanding and respect.
  • LGBTIQA+ Legal Service: This service provides free legal advice and assistance to LGBTIQA+ people in Victoria.
  • LGBTIQA+ Human Rights: International and Victorian human rights frameworks protect the rights of the LGBTIQA+ community, ensuring equality and freedom from discrimination.
  • Flags of the LGBTIQA+ community: Flags have always been an integral part of the LGBTIQA+ movement. They are a visible representation meant to celebrate progress, advocate for representation and amplify the demand and drive for collective action.  
LGBTIQA+ Events & Days of Significance

Each year Council and broader community participates in events and activities that support the local LGBTIQA+ community which includes:.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20):  An annual observance honouring transgender lives lost to anti-transgender violence.

Midsumma Pride March

Midsumma Pride March (Typically in February/Dates may vary):  A public display of unity and diversity in the Melbourne LGBTIQA+ community.

Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility (March 31):  A Day dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of trans discrimination.

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex, and Transphobia/IDAHOBIT

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex, and Transphobia/IDAHOBIT (May 17):  A global day of action highlighting violence and discrimination faced by the LGBTIQA+ community.

Pride Month

Pride Month (all of June) commemorates the LGBTIQA+ community's history, resilience, and the ongoing pursuit of equality and acceptance.

Wear it Purple Day

Wear it Purple Day is held on the last Friday of every August and encourages supporters to wear purple to celebrate diversity and young people from the LGBTIQA+ community. This event is part of an ongoing effort to foster supportive, safe, empowering and inclusive environments for rainbow young people.

Local and regional support services for LGBTIQA+ community

Local and regional support services resources

  • Switchboard Victoria: provides peer-driven support services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTIQA+) community, their families, allies, and communities.
  • Thorne Harbour Health: formerly known as the Victorian AIDS Council, provides support for the LGBTIQA+ community, including health information and counselling services.
  • Queerspace at Drummond Street Services: is an LGBTIQA+ health and well-being service, which offers support, counselling, and community events.
  • Transgender Victoria: advocates for the rights and well-being of trans and gender diverse people.
  • Minus18: aims to improve the lives of LGBTIQA+ youth through events, resources, and campaigns.
  • Rainbow Network: Rainbow Network provides resources and networking opportunities to individuals and organisations working with LGBTIQA+ young people.
  • Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria: provides health-related resources, training, and research targeted at the needs of LGBTIQA+ people.
  • Melbourne Bisexual Network: is a community where bisexual people and their allies can find information, resources, and social connections.
  • Headspace Melton: provides mental health services to young people. They are inclusive and supportive of LGBTIQA+ youth.
  • Djerriwarrh Health Services: provide a range of health services in the region and may be able to provide information on available LGBTIQA+ support services. 
  • The Space LGBTQIA+ Groupa safe and inclusive social support group for same sex attracted, transgender, gender diverse and intersex young people.

Other helpful Council LGBTIQA+ related links

Council LGBTIQA+ related links

Equality and Respect - a gender equitable, safe and inclusive community

Reducing Racism - including a discrimination reporting tool

Community Playgroups - refer to information under Melton South re Western Parents with Pride: Kids & Parents Club!

The Space LGBTQIA+ group - a safe and inclusive social support group for same sex attracted, transgender, gender diverse and intersex young people.

Pride in Our Libraries – series of free engaging workshops and thought provoking talks that embraces the spectrum of identities within the LGBTIQA community throughout the year.

 

Contact Us
For more information contact us via email: inclusion@melton.vic.gov.au.

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Disclaimer: The information on the Melton City LGBTIQA+ Resource Page is general in nature and not personalised advice. Users should seek professional guidance for individual circumstances. Melton City Council is not liable for any use of the information. Verify accuracy and appropriateness independently. Content may be updated or modified without notice.