Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex


Over the past two months, singers from the Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir have been learning new repertoire for their concert, ‘My Country?’ to be held at the Queensland Multicultural Centre on Saturday, 17 May. ‘We decided on staging our concert on the International Day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia to raise awareness of the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and intersex people in Australia and globally,’ said David Hardy, Choir President. ‘Through our performances we tell the stories of our lives and advocate for change and equality. This year we are particularly promoting the rights of same-sex couples to marry.’ The concert is as an evening of Australian and Irish music, and will feature the Pride Choir as well as local band, Eurotone Crisis and singer/songwriter, Mary Jane Carpenter. Following the 17 May concert, the Choir will tour Ireland and the UK in June to perform at the Various Voices Festival in Dublin.

 ‘This is the third time singers from the Choir have performed internationally,’ said David Hardy. ‘In 2010, we travelled to Auckland for the Out and Loud Festival of Australian and New Zealand GLBTI Choirs, and in 2012, several of us performed in the Australasian Choir at the US GALA Festival in Denver.’The ‘My Country?’ concert is on Saturday, 17 May 2014 at the Queensland Multicultural Centre, 102 Main Street, Kangaroo Point. Tickets are priced at $30 (adult) and $20 (conc.) and are on sale through the Choir’s website, http://www.blgpc.org.au

Additional Information: 

The Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir is a non-auditioned choir, open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, queer and straight people who love to sing.The Choir rehearses every Tuesday evening at the New Farm Library meeting room, 135 Sydney Street, New Farm. The next (Semester 2) intake for new singers begins on Tuesday, 8 July.Further information about the Choir, including membership, can be found at http://www.blgpc.org.au
Media Contact: David Hardy (0422 445707) Email: blgpridechoir@gmail.com


Federal Government LGBTI Ageing Strategy


Sing with Pride

The Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir has proudly performed in and around Brisbane since 1998. As a strong community group, we sing for a just and inclusive society. We are a non-auditioned choir, welcoming all - gay, lesbian,bisexual, transgendered, intersex and queer-friendly.

In 2014, we move to a new semester format, tied to two major concerts, in May and September. We rehearse each Tuesday evening at 7.30pm at our new venue, New Farm Library’s meeting room. This facility has good access for people with disabilities. Our first rehearsal commences on Tuesday, 4th February.

Please visit our website, www.blgpc.org.au for more information about our choir. You can contact us by phoning Andrew Lowon 0413 885339 or email us at blgpridechoir@gmail.com.

If you would like to join the Choir, then we would love to hear from you.

David Hardy - President, BLGPC


The Brisbane Lesbian & Gay Pride Choir P O Box 5286  West End QLD 4101


The Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir aims to double its membership in 2014, with new members welcome to join from the start of Semester 1 on 4 February.

‘We are a non-auditioned choir, open to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, intersex, queer and our straight allies,’ said David Hardy, Choir President. ‘It’s a great group to make friends, to sing together and to perform for the community. We advocate for change and equality, with a particular focus this year on the rights of same-sex couples to marry.’

February is the intake month for new members for Semester 1, with weekly rehearsals commencing on Tuesday, 4 February at 7.30pm at a new venue for the Choir, the New Farm Library meeting room, 135 Sydney Street.

A free ‘Sing with Pride’ workshop will be held on Sunday, 16 February from 2pm to 4pm at the New Farm Library meeting room. No registration is required.

‘We would love to see you at this fun workshop led by our music director, Tim Smetham,’ said David Hardy. ‘Whether you are an experienced singer or only ever sing in the shower, this might be your year to join our Choir, especially with the exciting calendar of performances for 2014.’

Two Brisbane concerts are planned, an Australian/Irish concert on 17 May (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) and a Broadway-themed show for the second ‘Queensland Pride Concert’ on 19 September. A large group from the Choir will also tour Ireland and the UK in June 2014 to participate in the Various Voices GLBTI choral festival in Dublin.

Additional Information: Further information on Choir membership can be found via www.blgpc.org.au

New members for Semester 1 can simply come along to any of the Tuesday night rehearsals in February, and/or come to the free workshop on Sunday, 16 February.


LGBT Seniors Community Visiting Service

A new pilot project is under way at Healthy Communities linking trained volunteer visitors with isolated or housebound LGBT seniors who want to stay linked in with their community.

Register to be Matched with a Visitor

If you would like to register to have a volunteer matched to visit you or someone you know, please contact Ann Matson at amatson@qahc.org.au or phone 3017 1763.

Find out more about registering to be matched with a volunteer visitor

Living Positive in Queensland (The LPQ Study)

Researchers from the University of Queensland and University of New South Wales, in partnership with Queensland Positive People, Positive Directions, Queensland Association for Healthy Communities and Queensland Health are undertaking an exciting Queensland specific qualitative longitudinal research project to better understand people’s experiences of living with HIV, aging and social isolation in diverse communities in Regional and Rural Queensland. We are looking for participants over 35 living in rural and remote areas of Queensland.

If you are interested in being part of the study, or have some questions, please contact us.

ThankYou Dr Lisa Fitzgerald P 07 33655541 or 334 65244?
School of Population Health?The University of Queensland l.fitzgerald@sph.uq.edu.au?288 Herston Rd?HERSTON Qld 4006

Suncare Community Services Inc - LGBTI Carer Support

The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (CRCC) Brisbane North Metro and Sunshine Coast provides a wide range of Information and Community linking connections, including short term and flexible respite supports to assist LGBTI family and community members who provide care to someone in their own home who may be frail aged or have dementia, have a disability, a mental health condition, or who have palliative care needs.

The LGBTI Carer Support provides people who identify as LGBTI with qualified workers to support the per-son they care for in the comfort of their own home or in a community setting. You may identify as a LGBTI Carer OR you may be caring for someone who identifies as LGBTI to be eligible to access support.

Carer Support is on a short term or episodic basis. Support may be for a few hours or over the course of a few weeks, depending on the carers needs.

This flexible service primarily assists :

To register please call:

The LGBTI Carer Support Service is inclusive, non-judgemental and respects the confidence of all persons who access the service.

Care Connect

Care Connect provides aged care packages specifically for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI) older adults from South East Queensland.

These aged care packages include:

CACP, EACH and EACHD packages offer a plan of support and care for older people who have care needs and who are living at home. All packages are individually coordinated and help older adults remain active in their communities.

Care Connect offers LGBTI-specific CACP, EACH and EACHD packages in the following localities: Brisbane, Redcliffe, Caboolture, Pine Rivers, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich West Moreton and Gold Coast.

Care Connect works in close partnership with Healthy Communities (formerly QAHC, Queensland Association for Healthy Communities). Healthy Communities is the leading LGBT community organisation in Queensland.

For more infomrmation visit their website, or call Care Connect.

Web: http://www.careconnect.org.au/Clientservices/Agedcareservices/LGBTIagedcareprograms.aspx
Phone: 07 3867 2200

LGBT Seniors' Groups

Ageing in Diversity Action Group

Ageing in Diversity Action Groups are meeting in Brisbane, on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, and Townsville and Cairns. These groups are facilitated by the Healthy Communities program, part of the Queensland AIDS Council.

LGBTI senior community members, their family, friends and carers are encouraged to come along and share insights with service providers in the Aged Care sector such as:

Workers in the aged care sector who are keen to facilitate change are also welcome to attend.

To register your interest or for more information, contact Gai Lemon (Ageing in Diversity Health Promotion Officer - Brisbane) on 07 3017 1732 or glemon@qahc.org.au

LGBTI Legal Service

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex Legal Service Inc is a newly established non-profit and unfunded community-based legal service which began service provision on July 7th, 2010. The service seeks to assist Queensland LGBTI communities to gain access to justice through the provision of legal and social welfare services. We will also be offering community legal education activities in order to increase awareness of legal rights and responsibilities for LGBTI communities in Queensland and will be actively involved in advocating for law reform and human rights.

The LGBTI Legal Service Inc has been established by and continues to be overseen by a management committee of individuals representing the diverse communities under the LGBTI banner.

The LGBTI Legal Service operates from space generously supplied by the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities www.qahc.org.auand they can be contacted at:

Address: 30 Helen Street, Teneriffe QLD 4006
Phone: 0401 936 232
Email: lgbti.legalservice@gmail.com

The drop-in service will be operating on Wednesday nights from 6pm. Clients arriving after 7:30 cannot be accepted.

Mature Aged Men

A social club for gay men and their admirers. Meet at the Sportsman Hotel
the last Saturday of the month all year round at 4.30pm.


Older Wiser Lesbians (OWLS)

Social group for Lesbians aged 35 and over, situated in Brisbane.


Information, Research and Current Issues

Ageing Issues for older LGBT Australians

Older LGBT people are not all the same, there are generational differences within this diverse group. Those who grew up pre gay liberation have endured a lifetime of having been vilified as 'sinners' by the church, 'criminals' in law, and pathologised by medicine. Consequently, this group experiences ageing differently and has distinct needs compared to the baby boomer cohort which is now approaching retirement. After a number of decades of social progress, this cohort has lived openly as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

However, the current invisibility of LGBT issues in government ageing policies and the aged care sector in general means that older LGBT Australians do not now and will not in the future have access to adequate support and care to address their health and wellbeing needs. For many, getting older means an increased fear of being "outed" after a lifetime of avoiding disclosure, or a fear of being sent back into the closet to avoid facing discrimination at a particularly vulnerable time in their lives. This information is provided courtesy of LGBT Health website.


Dementia, Lesbians and Gay Men

Alzheimer's Australia - Living with dementia
Paper 15 October 2009
Heather Birch

Alzheimer’s Australia, ACON – Australia’s largest community-based gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (GLBTI) health and HIV/AIDS organisation – and Aged and Community Services Association of NSW & ACT are pleased to announce the new discussion paper, ‘Dementia, Lesbian and Gay Men’ which was launched by the Hon. Michael Kirby, former Justice of the High Court of Australia, on Thursday 19 November 2009.

Alzheimer’s Australia’s discussion paper, ‘Dementia, Lesbian and Gay Men’, provides practical advice on the issues many lesbians and gay men with dementia and their carers may face. In addition, it is a valuable resource for practitioners working in health care and related fields.