QHub Opens For LGBTIQA+ Youth In Geelong And Surf Coast

15 February 2024

The Allan Labor Government has delivered a new safe space in Geelong for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) Victorians and their families to access support and build connection.

Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, representing Minister for Equality Harriet Shing, has officially opened QHub Geelong – a welcoming space for young LGBTIQA+ living in Geelong, the Surf Coast and across the region.

Co-designed with local young people, QHub aims to increase inclusion and improve mental wellbeing for LGBTIQA+ Victorians up to the age of 25 across regional Victoria.

The newly refurbished site in Geelong’s central district is the second QHub to open, following QHub Ballarat which opened last year.

Along with providing online support, QHub’s physical hubs are designed as central, affirming spaces that provide access to local youth-orientated mental health support, social connection opportunities and wellbeing activities.

The Labor Government invested $3.2 million to deliver both QHubs – ensuring young LGBTIQA+ in western Victoria can get the support they need.

QHub is a Labor Government-funded LGBTIQA+ youth mental health and social connection program delivered in partnership with Drummond Street Services Queerspace, Wellways and Cafs Ballarat.

Victoria’s first LGBTIQA+ strategy, Pride in our Future, recognises that increasing mental health support and safe spaces for regional young LGBTIQA+ people is vital to improve mental health and wellbeing outcomes.

The name QHub was chosen by 350 LGBTIQA+ young people and announced on Wear It Purple Day 2023.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Equality Harriet Shing

“QHub Geelong will give young LGBTIQA+ Victorians from across the region the safe space they need and deserve.”

“Young members of our rainbow communities and their families in regional areas deserve to have access to the best LGBTIQA+ supports and opportunities, and this new safe space in Geelong is about creating just that.”

Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Ingrid Stitt

“Providing greater access to targeted mental health and wellbeing support for young people closer to home is one of the key achievements of Victoria’s landmark Pride in our future strategy.”

Quote attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens

“This new space is a great outcome for Geelong and Surf Coast youth and forms part of an historic trial of safe spaces for LGBTIQA+ young people in western Victoria.”

Reviewed 15 February 2024

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