Diverse Voices: anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral

diverse voices LGBTI peer support

In the last couple of years, many LGBTI people experienced a degree of pandemic-induced stress in addition to existing challenges. But if you need LGBTI peer support and referral, reach out to Diverse Voices. 

The trained volunteers at Diverse Voice have provided anonymous, LGBTI peer support and referral in Queensland for generations. Since its inception in 1984, Diverse Voices provided somewhere for people to talk about a range of issues including sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

Diverse Voices says simply, “Please reach out if you need to talk. We’re here to listen. Your feelings are valid.”

And if you do need to reach out, Diverse Voices currently works alongside QLife to provide the service from 3 pm to 12 midnight, 365 days a year.

For LGBTIQ+ Peer Support Telephone & webchat Freecall: 1800 184 527.

Want to volunteer?

Funded through government grants, individual donations, corporate sponsors, and their own fundraising activities, Diverse Voices relies on the hard work and generosity of volunteers. The organisation runs training programs throughout the year for people wishing to become peer supporters. Anyone wishing to volunteer can contact Diverse Voices for information on training dates or to learn about other volunteering opportunities.

And of course, donations are always gratefully received.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unforeseen challenges to many Australians, including members of the LGBTI communities. People already isolated through family ostracisation and societal pressure to conform faced increased isolation because of lockdowns and COVID restrictions.

Diverse Voices experienced a huge increase in call numbers during the pandemic and don’t expect a decrease anytime soon.

So if you can help, by donating, volunteering or attending a fundraiser, please do. You’ll be assisting a vital community resource with a long and proud history of supporting the most vulnerable in our communities.

For the latest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) news in Australia, visit qnews.com.au. Check out our latest magazines or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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