Speaking Up, and Accessing Support
“Allies of LGBTIQ people have been asking what they can do to show their support for friends, families and colleagues while the postal survey is being rolled out” Philippa Moss, Executive Director of the AIDS Action Council said today.
“it’s important that people have the facts and knowledge to speak up when they hear homophobic and transphobic comments. It’s also important to know where LGBTIQ people, their friends and family can go to access appropriate support in a safe and affirming environment” added Ms Moss.
The ACT government has provided additional funding to the LGBTIQ Community Consortium to provide both additional counselling, education and support while the survey takes place. Over the next few days the Consortium will be releasing further information and resources.
Counselling and support services can be accessed by contacting the AIDS Action Council during business hours on 6257 2855. Counselling is provided in-house at the Council and through a range of fully qualified counsellors in community settings across Canberra. This provides the community with wide a range of options and choices. This is not a crises service and if people need urgent support they can contact QLife on 1800 184 526 between 3pm and midnight, every day, around Australia (www.qlife.org.au) or Lifeline on 13 11 14.
The CBR LGBTIQ Community Consortium is acknowledges the financial support of the ACT Government in providing funding to ensure that the ACT remains a safe and welcoming place for LGBTIQ people, and that adequate help and support is available for those experiencing distress.