We’re here to help LGBTI people who have experienced homophobic and transphobic violence by providing a range of support services.
If it’s an emergency always call Triple Zero (000). If it’s not urgent, call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444. You can also make an anonymous call without giving your name by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Domestic Violence Liaison officers (DVLOs) have special training in working with people who are experiencing domestic and family violence. Most police stations have a DVLO. For more information click here.
Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officers (GLLOs) are specially trained to address LGBTI issues. For more information on GLLOs, click here.
If you’re not happy with the service you have received from the police, the NSW Police Force has an internal complaints process. For more information please visit: the NSW Police website.
We can help you report an incident to police. For more information, please contact your nearest ACON office.
Thank you for visiting this page to find out more about the Safe Place project. The Welcome Here Project is the new Safe Place Project.
The Safe Place Project started in 1998 in response to high levels of street based violence directed at Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) people. Local businesses signed up to become a ‘Safe Pace’ by putting a sticker in their shop front to let LGBTIQ community members know they could seek refuge if they were under the threat of violence.
Applications to the new Welcome Here Project have now opened. Click here to find out more and apply
With many thanks,
The Welcome Here Project Team
Welcome Here Online Map
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Fair Play is an LGBTIQ community initiative to help party-goers understand their legal rights and how to keep safe during the Mardi Gras Festival. It’s a partnership project by the Inner City Legal Centre, Mardi Gras and ACON to provide accurate legal resources and education to the LGBTIQ community.
Fair Play is committed to respecting human rights through the principles of harm reduction and is interested in your safety, along with providing you with as much information as possible.
The Fair Players are a team of specially trained volunteers who are on site at key Mardi Gras events to share legal and safety information, monitor the operations of police and provide support to people who have been searched or questioned by police.
For more information about Fair Play, please visit www.fair-play.org.au
To sign up and volunteer as a Fair Player, you can visit www.fair-play.org.au/volunteer/
We provide confidential fee-based short term counselling (up to 12 sessions) for LGBTI people seeking support in relation to their mental health and wellbeing. Volunteer counsellors use a solutions focussed model and a range of therapeutic approaches to better equip people to deal with life’s challenges.
Fees for this service are negotiated according to individual circumstances, and priority is given to people on low incomes or with limited options.
Appointments are available between 6pm and 7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Unfortunately this service is not suitable for:
- People assessed to have recent or current risk of suicide
- People who use violence
- People with unmanaged or unsupported mental illness or substance use
To access this service, you will need to undergo a brief assessment in person or over the phone.
Community Legal Centres (CLC) provide free legal advice, referrals and some representation to people who live and work in their area.
Community Legal Centres NSW: (02) 9212 7333
Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) provides a state-wide specialist free legal advice service for anyone who identifies as LGBTIQ throughout NSW.
(02) 9332 1966
NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Gay and Transgender Hates Crimes Between 1970 and 2010
The NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues has commenced an inquiry into institutional responses to hate crimes committed against members of the LGBTI community in NSW between 1970 and 2010. The inquiry will look into the criminal justice system and whether there were any impediments that impacted the protection of LGBTIQ people in NSW and the delivery of justice to victims of LGBTIQ hate crimes and their families. It will also examine how past impediments have been addressed by current policies and practices. In addition, the inquiry will also investigate the role of the gay panic defence in the culture of LGBTIQ hate crimes during this period, and the extent of its impact in the delivery of justice and the treatment of gay men during criminal investigations and court proceedings.
To find out more about the inquiry, including details about the terms of reference and making a submission, click here.
Community Information Forum
Community members are invited to attend an information session and forum on Thursday 25 October at ACON in Surry Hills in Sydney. The forum, presented with Dowson Turco Lawyers, will help further inform the community about the inquiry, the terms of reference, the history of LGBTIQ violence in NSW, the submission process and next steps.
For further details and to RSVP, click here
In Pursuit of Truth and Justice: Documenting Gay and Transgender Prejudice Killings in NSW in the Late 20th Century (2018)
In May 2018, ACON launched a report into historical crimes against gay men and trans women in NSW that sought to deliver justice for victims and survivors, and aid the ongoing healing process for loved ones and members of the LGBTI community who continue to be impacted today. The report – In Pursuit of Truth and Justice: Documenting Gay and Transgender Prejudice Killings in NSW in the Late 20th Century – shines a light on the suspected anti-gay homicides that occurred in NSW from the 1970s and 1990s and presents a series of recommendations aimed at achieving justice and healing for victims and survivors, enhancing current responses to hate crimes and strengthening ongoing efforts in violence prevention.
VIDEO: Healing Historical Violence
The Bondi Memorial Project
In May 2016, Waverley Council passed a motion to allow ACON to fund and develop a public artwork in Bondi to remember survivors and people lost to historical prejudice-related violence. The memorial aims to help heal the trauma these terrible events have caused for the families and friends of the victims as well as the LGBTI community. The memorial will also serve as a reminder of the importance of valuing and celebrating diversity in our community.
Find out more at www.bondimemorial.com.au
We’re here to help make the places where our community members live, work, study and play more inclusive of LGBTI people and people with HIV.
Through our support services, training programs and strategic partnerships, we work with a range of organisations and agencies to help ensure that LGBTI people and people with HIV feel included and supported.
ACON proudly celebrates and supports sexuality and gender diversity.
The LGBTIQ Diversity Days Calendar is all about celebrating and remembering LGBTIQ days of significance and we invite you to join the party!
You can join the party by downloading a free Electronic Promotional Kit for each Diversity Day which contains pre-designed material for you to post or print.
Celebrating diversity contributes to the creation of inclusive and safe communities.
Please click here to find out about all of our Diversity Days, and download all of the promotional resources.
Want to get a reminder of upcoming Diversity Days? Sign up here.
Pride In Diversity
Pride in Diversity is Australia’s first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of LGBTI employees.
As a member-based program, Pride in Diversity works closely with HR, diversity professionals and LGBTI Network Leaders in all aspects of LGBTI inclusion within all sectors of the Australian workforce.
No matter your starting point, we work with your team to understand the importance of LGBTI inclusion and to map out a strategy that will enable you to successfully work towards best practice.
Australian Workplace Equality Index
The Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) is the definitive national benchmark on LGBTI workplace inclusion and comprises the largest and only national employee survey designed to gauge the overall impact of inclusion initiatives on organisational culture as well as identifying and non-identifying employees.
The Index drives best practice in Australia and sets a comparative benchmark for Australian employers across all sectors.
The AWEI is a free offering and organisations do not need to be a member of Pride in Diversity to participate.
Pride In Practice Conference
Pride In Practice is the only national conference dedicated to LGBTI workplace inclusion. Run over three days, it incorporates various streams of LGBTI workplace awareness and inclusivity.
Hear from industry experts on best practice and gain insight into the award winning initiatives of the Top 20 Employers and network with industry peers.
Our Pride In Sport program helps sporting organisations better support their LGBTI players, staff, spectators and supporters.
Pride in Sport provides members with a range of services to help them develop and implement effective LGBTI inclusion practices.
To find out more, please visit the Pride In Sport website.
We’re also a key supporter of the Anti-Homophobia Framework for Australian Sporting Codes.
The following is an excerpt from the World Health Organisation’s FAQ on Health and Sexual Diversity: An Introduction to Key Concepts.
What do the terms sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sexual health, sexual behaviour, and sexuality mean?
Sexual orientation refers to a person’s physical,romantic, and/or emotional attraction towards other people.Sexual orientation is distinct from gender identity. Sexual orientation is comprised of three elements: sexual attraction, sexual behaviour, and sexual identity. Sexual orientation is most often defined in terms of heterosexuality to identify those who are attracted to individuals of a different sex from themselves, and homosexuality to identify those who are attracted to individuals of the same sex from themselves.
Gender identity is understood to refer to each person’s deeply felt internal and individual experience of gender, which may or may not correspond with the sex assigned at birth, including the personal sense of the body (which may involve, if freely chosen, modification of bodily appearance or function by medical, surgical or other means) and other expressions of gender, including dress, speech, and mannerisms. Gender identity exists on a spectrum. This means that an individual’s gender identity is not necessarily confined to an identity that is completely male or completely female. When an individual’s gender identity differs from their assigned sex, they are commonly considered to be transgender, gender fluid, and/or gender queer. Whereas when an individual’s gender identity aligns with their assigned sex, they are commonly considered cisgender.
Gender expression refers to the way in which an individual outwardly presents their gender. These expressions of gender are typically through the way one chooses to dress, speak, or generally conduct themselves socially. Our perceptions of gender typically align with the socially constructed binary of masculine and feminine forms of expression. The way an individual expresses their gender is not always indicative of their gender identity.
Sexual health is a state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination, and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.
Sexual behaviour is used to describe the way in which an individual sexually engages with others. Sexual behaviour is not always determined by an individual’s sexual orientation. For instance, an individual can be identified as MSM (men who have sex with men)regardless of whether or not they have sex with women or have a personal or social gay or bisexual identity. This concept is useful because it also includes men who self-identify as heterosexual but have sex with other men and would not otherwise be reached through public health interventions. The term MSM is also useful in identifying male sex workers whose clients include other men.
Sexuality is a central aspect of being human throughout life [that] encompasses sex, gender identities and roles, sexual orientation, eroticism, pleasure, intimacy and reproduction. Sexuality is influenced by the intersection of biological, psychological, social, economic, political, cultural, legal, historical,religious, and spiritual factors.