Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+)
There are thousands of LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex and queer) people in Queensland. Sexual orientation and gender identity is not a choice. LGBTIQ+ individuals often experience unique health disparities. Although the acronym LGBTIQ+ is used as an umbrella term, and the health needs of this community are often grouped together, each of these letters represents a distinct population with its own health and wellbeing concerns.
Promoting the social inclusion and health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people can help Queensland achieve a fair society, with safe and caring communities, and a healthy society.
Support for family members is also important to encourage healthy relationships.
Mindhealthconnect provides information around the types of mental health issues that can affect LGBTIQ+ people.
Inclusive service delivery for LGBTIQ+ clients
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) clients may experience barriers to accessing services due to a range of factors including:
- Service providers assuming they are heterosexual
- Limited knowledge of LGBTI issue from people working in Community Services
- Fear of breaches of confidentiality
- Expectations or past experiences of discrimination / negative attitudes from services providers
- The client’s level of self-acceptance and comfort with issues of sexuality or gender identity
- Social isolation experienced as a result of sexuality or gender identity
- The levels of homophobia and transphobia in the general community.
The Queensland AIDS Council provide training and consultancy services to assist workers and organisations to deliver appropriate services to LGBTI clients.
The Queensland AIDS Council website also hosts a wealth of information and resources around LGBTI health, wellbeing and other issues.
Download the Queensland AIDS Council factsheet – Service provision to the lesbian, gay, bixsexual and transgender community, or download the Service provider audit form.
For more information please contact the Queensland AIDS Council on 07 3017 1777.
The Queensland Government’s public sector LGBTIQ+ inclusion strategy provides a framework for strengthening LGBTIQ+ inclusion across the public sector. Find out more on its LGBTIQ page.