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Brophy Family and Youth Services is encouraging south-west people affected by recent debate over transgender, gender diverse and non-binary inclusion to take extra care, swipe with caution online, and reach out to friends and supports.

The transgender, gender diverse and non-binary community are experiencing higher rates of mental distress leading into the upcoming election and are being unfairly targeted.

This has stemmed from the marriage equality plebiscite, the Religious Freedom Bill, and comments and actions from parliamentary members in the lead up to the May 21 federal election.

In this time of distress Brophy urges those affected to take extra care.

Brophy Family and Youth Services is a proud Rainbow Tick accredited organisation and is committed to the Embracing Equality Charter. Brophy supports ending of inequalities and discrimination experienced by LGBTIQA+ people and is dedicated to creating an equitable and inclusive community where all people are valued, supported, and celebrated.

We strive to challenge social injustices and promote social and emotional wellbeing for all our community – including all our LGBTIQA+ rainbow community.

Brophy Family and Youth Services recognises the strength, and resilience within the Transgender, Gender Diverse and Non-binary (TGDNB) community, we also know that there is strong power in allyship, where we can provide a service that allows for a safe, inclusive, and affirming space for some of our most vulnerable people who experience high levels of stigma, discrimination, and victimisation.

IDAHOBIT day is fast approaching! The 2022 theme is: “Our Bodies Our Lives Our Rights.”

  • WARRNAMBOOL: TUESDAY, 17 May, 4pm Raise the Rainbow Flag with WCC Mayor Vicki Jellie, 4pm at the Civic Green Bring along your gold coins to support the Warrnambool College IDAHOBIT fundraiser, with all proceeds going to Yumcha Brophy Afternoon tea and music by Maddie Jackway, 4:30pm at the Lighthouse Theatre supported by Warrnambool FReeZA Warrnambool City Youth: A showcase of Australia’s best emerging LGBTIQ+ short films, popcorn and pizza, 5.15pm- 6.30pm at the Warrnambool Library, bookings essential (03) 5559 4990 From dusk, Archie Graham Community Centre will light up in rainbow! Woohoo!
  • HAMILTON: TUESDAY 17 May 4 pm Civic Center Southern Grampians Shire Council + LAUNCH of NEW LGBTIQA+ Youth Group
  • CAMPERDOWN: TUESDAY 17 May 4 pm – NEW flagpole @ Camperdown Courthouse Manifold St. 
  • MOYNE SHIRE: Flag flying Port Fairy and Mortlake, (Time TBA) Morning tea at all offices.  Guest speaker at Port Fairy Office, will be livestreamed to all offices, speaker is Aliza who will talk about their experiences as an indigenous, trans woman.