Happy Mardi Gras weekend!

3 March 2017

Wishing all of our Members, colleagues and friends a very happy Mardi Gras weekend! This weekend and every day of the year, we acknowledge the work being done by our members and others to strengthen LGBTI health and wellbeing with specific support for suicide prevention policies and programs.

We believe that all people throughout Australia and the world should be able to live free from stigma and discrimination experienced so often by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex and other sexuality and gender diverse people and communities.

In Australia, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex and other sexuality and gender diverse Australians are between 3.5 and 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual people. Suicide prevention research has identified a number of risks and protective factors that individually and combined, that can have a significant impact on these figures. This includes stress related to coming out and/or relationship disclosure, invisibility and lack of recognition of relationships, as well as self-censorship and medication of behaviour (such as avoiding displays of affection)

A specific reminder of the QLife Australia service, the national telephone and web counselling service for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people, families and friends. CALL 1800 184 527 or chat online at https://qlife.org.au/support #SydneyMardiGras #CreatingEquality