Increasingly, more and more Australians are rejecting celebrating on January 26. Additionally, studies have consistently shown that LGBTQIA+SB First Nations people face unique challenges.
A 2021 study from Edith Cowan University found 73 per cent of Indigenous LGBTQIA+ people surveyed had experienced discrimination.
Alarmingly, 13 per cent experienced homelessness or housing insecurity.
Additionally, a study of the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQIA+SB First Nations people found that housing, income, study, and lifestyle had been significantly impacted during the pandemic.
Furthermore, the majority of participants reported negative effects on their mental health as a result of the pandemic, half experienced suicidal thoughts.
So, if you plan to #paytherent this January 26, consider an organisation that supports the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+SB community.
Established as a collective response to the identified need for increased visibility of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+SB community. BlaQ works to elevate LGBQTIA+SB voices and ensure authentic representation that positively impacts their community.
Black Rainbow is a non-profit social enterprise and an advocacy platform for LGBTQIA+SB Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Indigenous owned and operated, Black Rainbow supports individuals through community projects and initiatives. They are also currently running a webinar series that aims to improve healthcare outcomes for First Nations people.
Strong Brother Strong Sister is a 100% Aboriginal founded and operated charity. SBSS works with young people to provide support, and mentoring and bridge the gap between services. The charity is LGBQTIA+ affirming and works to empower Aboriginal young people.
A part of the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health, 2Spirits works in partnership with agencies to grow health and wellbeing outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who identify as LGBTQIA+SB. 2Spirits works to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people feel included within the wider LGBTQIA+ community.
IndigiLez was formed in 2008 and has since become one of Queensland’s most prominent social support groups for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lesbians. Founders Rebecca Johnson OAM and Tanya Quakawoot have created culturally safe programs to help empower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
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