Sexual harassment and assault affects everyone, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people. The Australian Human Rights Commission Report 'Changing the Course', found that 75% of the LGBTIQ+ community had faced some form of sexual harassment in 2016 and transgender people were 45% more likely to have been sexually harassed in a university setting than cis-women and cis-men.
As a community, LGBTIQ+ people face higher rates of poverty, stigma, and marginalisation, putting the community at a greater risk for sexual assault. The community also faces higher rates of hate-motivated violence, which can often take the form of sexual assault.
For LGBTIQ+ survivors of sexual harassment and assault, their identities – and the discrimination they face surrounding those identities – often make them hesitant to seek help from police, hospitals, shelters or rape crisis centers, the very resources that are supposed to help them.
We encourage you to report and seek support using the LGBTIQ+ support services listed below.
counselling and referral
QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and/or intersex (LGBTI). QLife provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to people of all ages across the full breadth of people’s bodies, genders, relationships, sexualities, and lived experiences.
QLife phone and chat are open from 3pm to midnight in your state or territory, every day.
Phone Support: 1800 184 527
Online Webchat, and more information: www.qlife.org.au
Australian Capital Territory
AIDS Action Council
Provides face-to-face counselling and access to social groups in the ACT for people of diverse sexuality and gender.
Phone: (02) 6257 2855 (9 am–4 pm, Monday–Friday)
A Gender Agenda
Information website and online community for gender-diverse people in the ACT. Information on support groups that you can connect with is also available via their website.
Phone: (02) 6162 1924
New South Wales
Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW
Services are aimed specifically at people aged under 26.
The Gender Centre Inc.
Provides information and support to trans and gender-diverse people in NSW.
Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTHAC)
The NTAHC is the main point of contact for people in the Northern Territory who have questions about sexuality or gender, and can put you in contact with local services that provide support.
A focus on the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) communities through the operation of teleweb counselling services.
Phone: 1800 184 527
The Queensland AIDS Council
Providing support services, information and counselling for sex and gender-diverse people in Queensland.
Phone: (07) 3017 1777
Outside Brisbane: 1800 177 434
Phone, email and face-to-face support for sexuality- and gender-diverse people. They also have a structured mentorship program.
Phone: (08) 8202 5190
Carrousel Club SA
A social and peer support group for trans people, their partners, families and friends.
Working It Out
Tasmania’s gender and sexuality support and education service provides direct support, including free and confidential counselling, support groups, education programs and workplace training.
Phone: (03) 6334 4013
Phone: (03) 6432 3643
Phone: (03) 6231 1200
Anonymous, free telephone counselling, information and referrals for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex communities of Victoria and Tasmania.
Zoe Belle Gender Centre (ZBGC)
An online service supporting the health and wellbeing of Victoria’s sexuality and gender-diverse community, with information available to anyone in Australia. The ZBGC also provides an online Q&A service for people seeking answers to their questions about sexuality and gender diversity.
Available to anyone to talk about sexuality and gender, no matter what they identify as. Their phone counsellors can also refer you to gender- and sexuality-friendly doctors, psychologists, counsellors or lawyers, and other community groups that you might wish to connect with. They also run community workshops and inclusivity training.
Phone: 1800 184 527
The Freedom Centre
Provides safe social spaces, peer support, information and referral for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer and questioning young people under age 26.
Phone: (08) 9228 0354