Brisbane Youth Services provides a safe space and ally for LGBTIQ+ young people.

In 17/18, 18% of the young people BYS supported identified as LGBTIQ+.

BYS has strong goals to grow our Queer service delivery. We are working to evaluate and design our service delivery to be more welcoming to young people from the LGBTIQ+ community; ensuring that our space is safe for young people regardless of their gender or sexuality identities.

Staff across BYS have recently completed Rainbow Pride @ Work training with Sami and Dylan from the Queensland AIDS Council. The program provides LGBTIQ+ cultural awareness training and practical support to ensure an open and inclusive environment for both LGBTIQ+ clients and staff.

The half day session provided information on:

  • Sexuality, gender identity, intersex status
  • Impact of discrimination on LGBTI people
  • Social pressures that affect LGBTI people and the impact on their health

Staff are looking forward to the next level of training with the Rainbow Pride @ Work team next year.

BYS aims to be a best practice example of effective support for LGBTIQ+ young people who are homeless or at-risk.

We have delivered a number of unique events and programs in 2018 for LGBTIQ+ young people through the BYS Rainbow Project including:

  • Rainbow Brunch celebrating Pride Month
  • Pride March support
  • Queer Picnic
  • Queer Prom

What does an LGBTI inclusive organisation look like?

Source: Queensland Aids Council

An LGBTI inclusive organisation:

  • Invites community consultation and participation to inform the organisations policies, procedures and practices and engages in social responsibility with the LGBTI community.
  • Communicates its inclusivity through environment, resources, processes and marketing to both employees and clients
  • Provides workforce development to raise awareness of LGBTI identities and issues for staff and clients and to create an LGBTI safe and inclusive workplace
  • Operates LGBTI inclusive practice at every level of interaction with LGBTI people
  • Embeds LGBTI inclusivity across all areas of policy and procedures.

The QLD AIDS Council’s (QuAC) Training and Development Program ‘Rainbow Pride @ Work’ has been providing practical support to health and community services to build an open and inclusive rapport with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) clients in QLD since 2005.