Media Release: LGBTIQ Community Consortium providing additional supports during the postal survey process.
“Everyone has the right to be proud of who they are and to share their life with the person they love. These fundamental human rights are not changed by the current commentary around the postal survey on marriage, but for LGBTIQ people such a public debate can make it feel like these rights are not valued and respected” said Philippa Moss, Executive Director of the AIDS Action Council. “The LGBTIQ Community Consortium is committed to ensuring that, however LGBTIQ people want to engage with the postal survey their choices are supported and affirmed.”
“it’s important that people are able to access appropriate support in an environment where the public discussion can call into question the worth and worthiness of LGBTIQ individuals” 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.