Pride Month Resources

Image: Katherine Griffiths / City of Sydney

Image: Katherine Griffiths / City of Sydney

The month of June is internationally recognised as Pride Month.

LGBTQIA+ Pride represents a stance against discrimination and violence toward people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and more (LGBTQIA+). Pride promotes the self-affirmation, dignity, equal rights, and visibility of LGBTQIA+ people. Pride builds community, celebrates sexual diversity and gender variance. 

Pride is not something that should be celebrated and promoted only one month every year. It does not just represent an opportunity for businesses to capitalise on LGBTQIA+ culture and profit off rainbow merch. Unfortunately discrimination and violence toward LGBTQIA+ people, particularly young people, is still a part of our culture.

“75% of LGBTI young people in Australia still experience homophobic or transphobic abuse due to their identity. 80% of this abuse occurs at school. As a result, LGBTI young people are 2x more likely to experience anxiety or depression and 3x more likely to attempt suicide.” (Minus18)

It’s clear that we need to do better at incorporating Pride at every level of society, every day.

One Eighty is currently exploring options as to how we can best support LGBTQIA+ youth on the Northern Beaches. Below are a bunch of resources to help educate and support LGBTQIA+ youth and their families or support systems - get in touch if you know of any others that we can share :)

GLAM – LGBTIQA+ Youth Support Group

GLAM is a social support group for young people aged 12 to 21 of diverse genders and sexualities. It provides a sense of belonging, an enjoyable space to socialise and learn about the LGBTQIA+ community, build up trust, respect and friendships, have fun, and access support if needed. GLAM provides an environment that is nonjudgmental as well as physically and emotionally safe. You can discuss issues that are important to you, make friends, be yourself and have fun. The group meets one week night a fortnight and has a social and educational focus. On a social level, the group gets out and about for dinner, coffee and movies. The group also participates in planning events and exploring issues on relationships, making connections, sexuality and coming out.

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Twenty10

Twenty10 work with people across Sydney and New South Wales who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, non-binary, intersex, questioning, queer, asexual and more - people and others of diverse genders and sexualities, their families and communities. They are a Sydney based service working across New South Wales, providing a broad range of specialised services for young people 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and social support. For adults we provide social support and for people of all ages we offer telephone support and webchat as the NSW provider for the national QLife project. We also offer inclusivity training and consulting for organisations and service providers across most sectors.

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Heaps Gay

5 years ago, Heaps Gay started life as a regular series of parties for LGBTIQ+ kids and their friends, and has since become one of Sydney’s best regular events for anyone who wants to have some fun and support charities. In November 2015, we launched HeapsGay.Com, a place for people to gather and discuss Queer issues and stories. All stories are written by contributors within the queer community in Sydney. Anyone can write a story or showcase their work. 

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headspace Brookevale

Identifying as LGBTIQA+ should never leave you feeling alone. Sometimes when we’re struggling, we may not reach out to new communities – but this is the best time to do it. It’s a great way to remind yourself that you’re loved and that other people are experiencing the same things you are. If you'd like to talk to someone about gender or sexual diversity, check out or contact your local headspace centre.

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Ygender

Ygender is a peer led support and advocacy organisation for trans and gender diverse young people. We were established in 2010 by a group of trans young people who realised that our community needed an autonomous space to support each other and advocate for our rights.

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Australian Pride Network

LGBTIQ festivals and events provide the community to celebrate and reflect on gay and lesbian life. Across Australia, a diverse selection of festivals and events take place throughout the year. Events are listed by State / Territory in chronological order – confirmed dates will be updated – once known!

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Minus18

While Minus18 primarily create epic events in Melbourne and Adelaide to provide a safe spaces to connect, they also provide peer support through articles and interviews, and can answer questions you have about sexuality or gender online. An awesome organisation to check out!

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Written by Paris Jeffcoat


Any information on this blog is not a substitute for professional advice. It is written from personal experience and research only. If you are in crisis, go to your nearest emergency room, call lifeline on 13 11 14 or dial 000.

Leanne Westlake