LGBTI Community Groups

Several great community groups within Victoria, Australia.

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives was established in 1978 at the Fourth National Homosexual Conference. We are based in Melbourne and operate with the assistance of members and supporters interstate.

The Archives is the only community group in Australia that actively collects and preserves LGBTIQ material from across the country, and makes it readily accessible.

The collections include material of national or international scope, but the heart of the Archives’ work is the collection and preservation of the historical life of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities of Australia. From the time of the Gold Rush to the battles against AIDS, the collections save our rich and diverse histories for us and future generations.

The works of writers, artists, photographers, and performers; the papers of leaders; the records of community organizations; the posters, flyers, buttons, matchbooks of political movements or trends or bars and other venues; the stories that record our own lives and those of our lovers and friends … all these document the history of our community and of the individuals who form it.

The Archives preserves these materials and makes them accessible to students, historians, and anyone else who is interested.

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Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc. is a non-profit volunteer-run organisation dedicated to promoting the acceptance of bisexuals* in LGBTI and mainstream society, providing a fun, safe space where bisexuals can meet, make friends, and talk about their experiences, and informing the bisexual community about relevant news and opportunities for activism.

We have been running monthly discussion and support groups under various banners since 1994. We also arrange occasional social events; please check out to the news (home) page to see when these are coming up.

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GLOBE (Gay and Lesbian Organisation of Business and Enterprise) is a not-for-profit community group that welcomes LGBTI individuals, businesses, community groups and their supporters so they can engage and develop their interests in an environment that encourages diversity and inclusiveness.

GLOBE Vision – To unite Victorian and Australian LGBTI groups and their supporters through social, professional and community events and to create opportunities for participants to build professional, inclusive and supportive environments that encourage and advocate growth.

GLOBE Mission – To raise the profile of our organisation so that we cater for the needs of our members within wider business communities.

To provide a business, professional and social environment for our members so they realise the full potential of business, professional and community communication.

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JOY 94.9 is an independent voice for the diverse lesbian gay bi-sexual transgender & intersex communities listened to by 470,000 people in Melbourne and more online (audience figures from a Survey conducted by McNair Ingenuity Research 2018) . Access podcasts, blogs and listen online to award winning music & talk, news & current affairs, arts & cultural programs.

The station provides over 450 free Community Service Announcements on behalf of organisations that serve and support our community. The station is fuelled by the dedication of almost 300 volunteers and only a handful of paid core staff. JOY 94.9 is proudly self-funded through sponsorship and most importantly membership and donations. Learn more on how to connect with JOY 94.9

JOY 94.9 is a member of the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

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Transgender Victoria (TGV) was founded in the late 1990s to achieve justice, equity and quality health and community service provision for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, their partners, families and friends. TGV educates organisations and workplaces on how to provide better services for TGD people, and seeks ways to provide direct services to the TGD community, whether in partnership with others or independently.

TGV also works with and for the TGD community to create positive change in human rights and policy development. We represent the TGD community in challenging discrimination and assist in the empowerment of TGD people so that they may lead full and meaningful lives.

TGV recognises the right of each and every member of the TGD community to equality in all areas of life including housing, education, work, health services and legal representation. Since we began, TGV have been pivotal in raising awareness of issues that affect TGD people; TGV remains dedicated to facilitating social and legislative change on behalf of the TGD community.

The TGV committee celebrates diversity within the TGD community and the communities of its allies. While TGV does not represent people experiencing intersex, we have a strong relationship with intersex organisations such as Organisation Intersex International Australia and Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia Inc.

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From the early days of Mardi Gras, through the AIDS crisis, to the battle for marriage equality, Star Observer has been there providing in-depth and independent journalism about the issues facing the LGBTI community.

Our story started in 1979. It was a time when homosexual sex was a criminal act, with people being jailed simply for being gay. Sydney’s gay and lesbian community was reeling from vicious police attacks during the city’s first Mardi Gras protest march. A wave of political momentum was building demanding equality and justice for LGBTI Australians.

In this dangerous time for our community, the very first edition of “The Star” was printed and distributed across Sydney by our founder Michael Glynn.

Over the years, we have transformed from a weekly Sydney-centric newspaper to a major national Australian news website with a strong social media audience. Our monthly Star Observer and Gay Scene Guide magazines are available in Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and select regional cities across Australia.

Through it all, we have remained a not-for-profit business owned by the community with all proceeds from the business invested back into our community.

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Victorian Leather Incorporated is a community-based organisation that seeks to support and advance the diverse leather communities of Melbourne and Victoria, made up of practitioners of a broad range of sexual arts.

We are community owned, community run and we use all money raised to support our organisation and our community.

What We Do – We work to provide our community with education about our history and traditions, and to provide social opportunities for leather practitioners of all kinds to come together and forge links within and beyond our community.

We believe that our leather community should include all, and as such we welcome people of all genders and sexualities. We believe that any who feel the call of leather, or wish to learn more about themselves and leather, should be able to find a community that will embrace them, and we work to create that community.

What We Aspire To – We seek to build a community that acts ethically, grows in wisdom, cares for its members and celebrates difference. We believe firmly in the values of leather, and work to incorporate them into our organisation, our communities and our lives.

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PURPOSE – ChillOut Daylesford Inc promotes and encourages tolerance, understanding and inclusion of the LGBTI community through arts, cultural activities and events; promoting and supporting LBGTI expression in Regional Victoria.

VISION – To be the peak Regional LGBTI advocacy organisation in Regional Australia.

ENGAGE – To engage with all members of the LBGTI community and to take that community to wider audience.

CELEBRATE – To provide a conduit for expression and celebration of the LGBTI community through the presentation of arts and cultural events and festivals across the year and across the region. These events will::

  • Maximise broad community involvement in the Daylesford, Hepburn and regional areas
  • Assist in the economic growth of the region through tourism and promotion
  • Be responsive to the changing LGBTI community demographics
  • Encourage and plan for excellence in performance, arts and event delivery
  • Be inclusive while addressing the needs of the individual community and cultural groups

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GV PRIDE INC. – Providing a safe space for support, friendship, family, networking and fellowship.

GV PRIDE INC. attend conferences, offer scholarships, host regular info sessions, plan and run trips to major LGBTIQA events & provide food to those who may not be able to afford it.

GV PRIDE INC. coordinate group activities such as movie nights, 10 pin bowling, coffee catch-ups, bush walks, restaurants/night clubs/pubs/dance parties, home shopping parties & more.

GV PRIDE INC. have a list of online resources and local support services. In addition, we have a library of hard copy resources and a list of referral points – contact us for more info.

GV PRIDE INC. – THE Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Ally (LGBTIQA) social-support group located in the Shepparton/Goulburn Valley/North-East Victorian region – friends/family of the LGBTIQA community most welcome too.

GV PRIDE INC. is run by a committee who meet regularly to plan events and manage the association – find out who we are here.

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Midsumma Festival is Victoria’s premier LGBTQIA+ cultural festival, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences around diverse gender and sexuality.

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Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) – For 28 years the Melbourne Queer Film Festival has engaged the community with a curated program of the best LGBTIQ content that aims to educate, entertain and celebrate diversity.

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The much-loved Northside Bizarre has been called ‘a mini-Folsom Street party fundraiser’ for two of Melbourne’s biggest LGBTI community organisations – JOY 94.9 and Thorne Harbour Health.

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Down an’ Dirty has been coordinated by the Sexually Adventurous Men (SAM) Project, a program of Thorne Harbour Health. The SAM Project looks for engagement, feedback and opportunities to work with the SAM community in Victoria.

The information on their website is reviewed by medical professionals and experts on the different sex practices. It is designed as a general guide for all.

Their website gives you the opportunity to interact and ask the questions that you have always wanted to ask in regards to different sexual practices or you can read the questions that other guys have asked before.

They want to hear from you! Please get in contact with them if you want to get involved with or let them know what you think of down an’ dirty.

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Grunt is about hot, fun, informed sex between trans guys and cis guys. It’s a celebration of who we are and the guys we are into. A space to get accurate, inclusive and sex-positive sexual health information so we can keep it safe, keep it hot, and have awesome sex.

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Living Positive Victoria is a not for profit, community based organisation representing all people living with HIV in Victoria since 1988 and is committed to the advancement of human rights and wellbeing of all people living with HIV.

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MSHC (Melbourne Sexual Health Centre) has been in operation since 1917. In this time it has established a reputation for excellence and innovation.

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PAN is a community-driven HIV prevention not-for-profit organisation advocating for equal and affordable PrEP access Australia wide.

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QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

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Queerspace is staffed by queer identified practitioners, counsellors, group facilitators and community engagement workers and provides a safe and supportive space to obtain information and access services aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the LGBTIQA+ communities.

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Switchboard Victoria Incorporated is a volunteer organisation which provides a telephone counselling, referral and information service for the Victorian and Tasmanian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities.

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Thorne Harbour Health (Formerly Victorian Aids Council)

Community-controlled organisation, governed by members, and working for sex, sexuality and gender diverse communities.

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24 Hour Grief Support – Phone (03) 9888 4944 or 1300 064 068

At The Compassionate Friends Victoria you will find the special understanding of those who have “been there”. There is no pressure to talk or not talk, cry or not cry, just a chance to be yourself, to have time-out.

We offer a safe haven, a listening and understanding ear, a place where you can let down the mask, and if you wish, talk about your son or daughter, brother or sister who has died. We don’t promise a miracle cure, just comfort and the consolation and hope that broken threads can be picked up again.

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The David Williams Fund (DWF) was established in 1986 to provide emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are experiencing financial hardship. The fund relies upon donations.

Services include:

  • Financial advice and referral
  • Food vouchers
  • Study assist
  • Money Matter Workshops
  • Emergency financial assistance
  • No interest loans (NILS)

Poverty affects a substantial number of PLHIV, and demand for assistance regularly outstrips the funding available. Each year, the DWF distributes over $100,000 to PLHIV in Victoria. The fund is totally reliant upon the sale of red ribbons as well as various community fundraisers, such as the annual Northside Bizarre hosted by the Laird Hotel.

The DWF is further supported by a generous sponsorship from M·A·C Cosmetics to ensure adequate levels of funding are available.

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Sports Teams

Team Melbourne evolved from a gathering of Melbourne’s queer sporting clubs in December 2004 to begin planning for involvement in the international queer sporting meets in 2006 (the Chicago Gay Games and Montreal Outgames). Originally called “Queer Sports Alliance Melbourne” (QSAM), the name was changed early in 2012 to be inline with other city-based groups and be more recognisable.

Team Melbourne has emerged for and by Melbourne’s queer sporting clubs in lieu of any other partnership, alliance or central leadership from pre-existing organisations.

In October 2014 Team Melbourne was recognised in the inaugural GLOBE Community Awards. These Awards highlight the work and contributions of all types of organisations and individuals that benefit or unite the GLBTI community. The Awards were judged by Sunday Age Political Editor Farah Tomazin, Lady Mayoress of Melbourne Emma Page Campbell and the Honourable Michael Kirby.
Team Melbourne was awarded the “Networking the GLBTI Community” Award for engaging Victorians who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex.

The 2014 Team Melbourne Sports Day was one of three finalists in the “Healthy Community” category for improving the physical and/or mental health of the GLBTI community in Victoria.

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