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Out For Australia – a new service which aims to support Australia’s aspiring LGBTI professionals by linking graduates with LGBTI mentors with industry experience has been launched in Queensland this month.
While the organisation has been running successfully for the past year and a half in Sydney and Melbourne, a champagne gala evening complete with a string quartet was held at the Commonwealth Bank’s flagship Brisbane branch for its introduction to Queensland.
Out For Australia’s Queensland Director Luke Furness told QNews that the organisation was born out of a need to build a bridge between professionals and students.
“The concept is that we see a lot of LGBT students struggle with the transition from the diversity and inclusivity of university into the workforce where they feel somewhat isolated and things start to go backwards,” Furness said. “At the guts of it, we are all about mentoring and connecting experienced professionals with students and new graduates.”
“We are seeking people to apply as mentors and mentees and come along to our events. While we are looking for professionals, we mean professionals with the broadest possible brush – you don’t need to wear a flashy suit and work in an ivory tower.”
Federal Member for Brisbane Teresa Gambaro attended the event and told QNews that she thought Out For Australia is a wonderful initiative and praised its organisers and supporters.
“This is a fantastic organisation and I’m really delighted to be here for the launch the launch in Queensland and I understand that this will be Australia wide,” Gambaro said.
“It’s really important that LGBTI people are supported and that they have great business role models that can mentor them and support them with the business and professional endeavours they choose to pursue. I’m also delighted that we are here at the Commonwealth Bank’s flagship branch and that big business is prepared to provide mentorship and host such events,” she continued.
A list of upcoming events along with application forms for mentors and students/graduates can be found at www.outforaustralia.org.