Below is a selection of info pages, resources from Freedom Centre and other organisations, and useful links to research about same sex attracted and gender diverse young people. Most resources available for download require Adobe Acrobat for viewing. Get a copy of adobe acrobat for FREE here.
A booklet with everything you need to know when you have just have realised your diverse sexuality, sex and/or gender! Has heaps of questions and answers, myths, stereotypes and great tips for coming out to friends and family. Download the PDF here.
A great booklet to give to family & friends if you are coming out. This booklet answers lots of questions frequently asked by family & friends when someone close to them comes out. Download the PDF here.
Freedom Centre wouldn’t be if it weren’t for our ‘safe space’ policy. This poster is great to put up anywhere “where everyone is respected and listened to and has rights and is valued and has the freedom to be themselves”. We give this out to services who want to show that they are a safe space for people with diverse sexuality and gender to feel free to be themselves. Download the PDF here
The following are links to our info pages on a number of topics which include relevant links to further info. There is also an extensive range of info pages written specifically for young people on the youth site which you may refer a young person to. If you would like to vew these go to the Info Section of our youth site.
A great little booklet that covers and then busts myths that encourage homophobia and where the myths came from. It has heaps of quotes from other same sex attracted young people about how they deal with homophobia. http://www.latrobe.edu.au/ssay/posh.html
A booklet about gender diversity for young people who are questioning their gender. Produced in Melbourne by Gay & Lesbian Health Victoria and Trans Melbourne Gender Project in 2006. http://www.glhv.org.au/node/242
This booklet is written for people in same sex relationships who are, or may be, experiencing domestic violence. Download the booklet or brochure direct from the SSDAG (Same Sex Domestic Abuse Group) website - www.ssdag.org.au - by following this link to their downloads page: http://www.ssdag.org.au/support.shtml
These are some links to reports and information that may be particularly useful for professionals and students who want extra information and to see the research that has been done around sexual and gender diversity, sexual health and the Freedom Centre’s peer-based model for service delivery;
The National organisation for LGBTI Health that is a coalition of organisations from across Australia which provide health-related programs, services and research targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and other sexuality, sex and gender diverse people (LGBTI). They have heaps of useful papers and information, particularly on Mental Health and Suicide and Health and Human Rights. Go to lgbtihealth.org.au or particularly see;
Beyond Blue's Campaign and Resources at www.beyondblue.org.au/glbti. In particular they have a report of a review of the literature on depression and related issues among gay, lesbian, bisexual and other homosexually active people called Feeling Queer and Blue.
The No To Homophobia campaign is an initiative led by the ALSO Foundation in partnership with the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, TransGender Victoria and the Anti-Violence Project of Victoria, with key support from the Human Rights Law Centre, Headspace and the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. www.notohomophobia.com.au
Other Useful Contacts
WA AIDS Council Freedom Centre is a service of the WA AIDS Council. They provide LGBTIQ friendly counselling, peer support, education and sexual health testing.