Media Release: ACT Government provides additional funding to LGBTIQ Consortium for community support during postal vote process
“for many LGBTIQ people, their families, friends and allies the public discussion of the legitimacy of their relationships and their families is distressing and hurtful”
The recent marriage equality debate has already unleashed anti-LGBTIQ commentary and many people are feeling upset, distressed and confused.
“Now that the High Court has dismissed the legal challenges and it is certain the postal survey on marriage is going ahead, we are expecting increased demand for our counselling and support services” Philippa Moss, Executive Director of the AIDS Action Council said today.
“for many LGBTIQ people, their families, friends and allies the public discussion of the legitimacy of their relationships is distressing and hurtful”
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). Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 13 11 14.
The CBR LGBTIQ Community Consortium is grateful to the ACT government for 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.