Topic: Equality

Support For LGBTIQ Victorians During Pandemic

The Victorian Government is supporting all Victorians through the coronavirus pandemic, with $820,000 for a range of new measures to support the mental health and wellbeing for LGBTIQ communities. Minister for Equality Martin Foley announced the funding today, which will help organisations to meet additional demand and provide the best support to vulnerable LGBTIQ Victorians […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality

New LGBTIQ Taskforce To Shape Victoria’s Equality Agenda

The Andrews Labor Government is moving forward with its equality agenda by appointing fresh new faces to the state’s LGBTIQ Taskforce. Minister for Equality Martin Foley today announced five new appointments to the committee, with two existing members, Jamie Gardiner and Aram Hosie, being re-appointed for another term. One of the graduates of the Government’s […]

Categories: Minister for Equality, Ministers

Marching Towards Equality With A Centre For Pride

The Andrews Labor Government is marking the state’s largest Midsumma Pride March with a multimillion-dollar funding boost for the historic Victorian Pride Centre. Minister for Equality Martin Foley today announced an extra $10 million in funding for the centre, which is the first of its kind in Australia, providing a space for groups and organisations […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality

New Victorian Pride Centre All About Joy

Australia’s only LGBTIQ community radio station Joy 94.9 has made history this week, officially signing a lease to move their headquarters to Australia’s first Pride Centre. Minister for Equality Martin Foley this week joined Pride Centre Chair Jude Munro AO in a symbolic ceremony handing over keys for the Victorian Pride Centre to JOY 94.9. […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality

Victoria Builds On 50 Years Of Pride With New Centre

Australia’s first Pride Centre has reached another important milestone, with a ceremony and community celebration to kick off major construction works. Minister for Equality Martin Foley today joined Victorian Pride Centre Board Chair Jude Munro AO and LGBTIQ community members in a ceremonial laying of the cornerstone for the centre. The event marked the start […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality

Strengthening Support For LGBTI Seniors

A new community initiative to help address social isolation experienced by older LGBTI Victorians is about to get underway thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan today announced that Switchboard Victoria will receive a $80,000 grant to better support the needs of LGBTI seniors. Australian and international evidence […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers

Improving Career Opportunities For Transgender Women

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting transgender women to overcome barriers to employment. Transgender people face multiple barriers to participation in employment and may also face difficulties gaining recognition for their prior employment or qualifications due to name or gender changes. The Labor Government is investing more than $227,000 through the Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Equality

Labor Government To Make Conversion ‘Therapy’ Against The Law

The Andrews Labor Government will bring in laws to denounce and prohibit LGBTI conversion practices, ending the bigoted practice that has caused so much trauma to too many Victorians. Premier Daniel Andrews joined Minister for Equality Martin Foley, Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos and many other Labor Government Members at the 2019 Midsumma Pride March […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

Statement On Conversion Therapy

Today, Cath and I will attend another Midsumma Pride March together. We’ll march alongside thousands of other Victorians, united in the belief that everyone should be able to celebrate who they are with pride. But for far too long and for far too many Victorians, an evil practice has instead peddled in shame and stigma. […]

Categories: Media Release, Premier

HEY Grants Open For LGBTIQ Youth Projects

The Andrews Labor Government is continuing its support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) young people through the latest round of Healthy Equal Youth (HEY) Project Grants. The $6 million program aims to raise awareness, promote diversity, eliminate stigma and discrimination, and improve the overall mental health of LGBTIQ+ young people in […]

Categories: Media Release, Minister for Mental Health