Advocacy and Education

Working It Out

Working It Out provides services designed to meet the needs of people negotiating their gender identity, sexuality, and/or intersex status through individual counselling and/or support, support groups as well as student education and support in schools.  We also provide training in workplaces (including teachers, employers and employees), information for the wider community as well as partnership projects with LGBTI organisations and mainstream services. 

Working It Out recognises the importance of being an out organisation which is creative, flexible and innovative. We are committed to community education and social change principles. We use a collaborative approach and open and respectful communication. We believe in the intrinsic value of all people.

Contact: Executive Officer – Susan Ditter  62 311 200

MindOut Tasmania

MindOut works with mainstream mental health and suicide prevention organisations to assist them to be more responsive to the needs of LGBTI people and communities, and assisting LGBTI organisations to be more responsive to suicide prevention and mental health issues for LGBTI persons and communities. (no cost)

MindOut provides relevant resources and self-auditing tools to assess LGBTI service inclusivity and delivery for your organisation. MindOut is a project run within Working It Out – Tasmania’s gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service.

Contact: MindOut Mental Health Project Officer – Andrew Badcock

Equal Opportunity Tasmania

Equal Opportunity Tasmania responds to enquiries about potentially discriminatory situations, deals with complaints of discrimination and related conduct, provides information and training about rights and prevention of discrimination.

We are involved in a number of government LGBTI strategic working groups, specific training on LGBTI issues in discrimination law, staff training by Daniel Witthaus.

Equal Opportunity Tasmania have specific information  and materials around sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex equality rights and LGBTI inclusivity to ensure that LGBTI community members feel comfortable to access our services and learn about (and assert) their rights under discrimination law.

Contact: Anti-Discrimination Commissioner or any of the Equal Opportunity staff.

TasCAHRD

TasCAHRD provides state-wide support services to people living with HIV and their families including a drop-in space in Hobart. education and support to people at risk of blood borne viruses and STIs, education and training to the community and service providers. All programs are free of charge.

TasCAHRD works extensively with the LGBTI community across the state. Peers are well represented at board and at staff level. Our work is inclusive. We produce the only gay men’s publication and run the only LGBTI radio show in the state.

Contact: CEO – Sabine Wagner – 62341242

Rainbow Communities Tasmania Inc (RCT)

RCT is a volunteer organization assisting LGBTIQ people to lead happy and productive lives in their local community. RCT consists of volunteers who are keen to assist in creating a caring and understanding Tasmania. Our role includes providing a service assisting the LGBTIQ population to choose services best suited to their needs. 

SignPost will be a go to space for all LGBTIQ Tasmanians and their families and carers. RCT was instrumental in setting up SignPost for the north of Tasmania. It is very exciting it will now be a state wide service.

Contact: De Murray – 0412931974 (south) or Don Mcdonald (north) – 0438311426 

QTas Arts

We support LGBTIQ arts projects. Our aims include fostering creative engagement and skills development for the LGBTIQ community, promoting LGBTIQ pride. The primary project is currently to run an LGBTIQ and allies choir.

We promote LGBTIQ pride through advocacy and seeking a public LGBTIQ presence. We welcome anyone interested in developing or participating in creative projects with the LGBTIQ community to make contact.

Contact: QTas

 

The Link Youth Health Service

The Link Youth Health Service offers a diverse range of services to improve the health and well being of young people aged 12-25 years in southern Tasmania. Services include brief/crisis interventions, practical support, counselling and support, advocacy, and referral. We deliver psycho-social and clinical services including headspace Hobart and Community Based Mental Health Care Services.

All staff at The Link Youth Health Service have participated in LGBTI champions training. Our policies that address accessibility for all include access and equity, diversity, anti-discrimination and confidentiality. Our organisation has also officially expressed its support for marriage equality.

The Link Youth Service is welcoming of all LGBTI young people and demonstrates that by displaying LGBTI posters and the rainbow flag, promoting and participating in LGBTI events, and supporting and promoting LGBTI friendly services and groups including OUTspace.

We encourage all young people to access services and support, confident that we are inclusive of all diverse sexes, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Contacts: Tania Hunt or Berny Carroll  – 6231 2927

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