Victoria announces $6.5 million plan for LGBTQ community

She said a 21-year-old woman from Melbourne, Jenny, came to VincentCare accommodation after a spell of couch surfing and was grateful she ‘didn’t have to hide’ her bisexuality just to have a safe home.

“Specialised, peer-run LGBTIQ+ organizations in Victoria are critically important and play a crucial role in supporting queer people, but they can never meet the needs of an entire community,” Ms Tomlins said.

Thousands of members of Melbourne’s LGBTQ community marched in the 2022 Midsumma Pride March in St Kilda.Credit:Chris Hopkins

Wiradjuri man Todd Fernando, Victoria’s commissioner for LGBTIQ+ communities, said the 10-year plan was one of the first of its kind internationally.

“This strategy sets out a framework for us to achieve a number of goals and a number of funded programs to ensure that all LGBTQ+ people in Victoria are safe and feel welcome,” he said.

Sunday age revealed that the Victorian Liberals would set up a dedicated professional LGBTQ legal support service in St Kilda if elected, which would be based at the St Kilda Pride Centre.

The center is in Mr Foley’s seat in Albert Park, but next to Prahran’s seat, held by the Greens’ Sam Hibbins.

“The LGBTIQ+ community has called for dedicated legal services, provided by professionals who understand the needs of the community,” said Opposition Equality Spokesman James Newbury.

“Labour ignored these calls. The National Liberal Party will step in and provide these much needed services to the LGBTIQ+ community. »

On Sunday, Mr Foley said the opposition had a throwback story about its support for various people.

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“This is the same Liberal Party that said one thing last year when it came to backing anti-gay conversion legislation in Parliament, and struck a side deal with others to get rid of it s ‘they were coming to power,’ he said.

Mr. Foley swept aside the federal religious discrimination law, saying the state government would “challenge the discrimination, isolation and disadvantage that is built into the system.”

“We want to make sure that where we spot [discrimination] about to be reintroduced at the federal level, as we are about to see in the Religious Discrimination Act before federal parliament this week, that we call it for what it is, and we will “, did he declare.

“We see this week in Federal Parliament a bill that will essentially override state legislation, including here in Victoria, that removes discrimination in the workplace.

“We have seen confused changes of position from the Prime Minister and others, but we have seen this undermined immediately by some of the most extreme elements in the Federal Parliament.

“It’s a real problem live.”

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