Latrobe City LGBTI

Latrobe City Council fully supports the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Intersex (LGBTI) community within Latrobe City.  Here we offer information for, and about, the LGBTI community. This space provides access to resources that aid and involve the LGBTI community, and further displays Councils support.

Useful Resources

General

Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV)
GLHV is a Victorian based LGBTI health and wellbeing policy and resource unit

Counselling and other information

Minus18
Australia's largest support network for LGBTI teenagers from all over the country.

Lifeline
Ph: 13 11 14
Provides 24/7 crisis support and suicide prevention services

Switchboard
Ph:1800 184 527
Switchboard is a Victorian based telephone and web counselling, information and support service for the LGBTI community.

Definitions

Bisexual: Refers to a person who is sexually and emotionally attracted to more than one sex.1

Gay: Refers to a person whose primary emotional and sexual attraction is toward people of the same sex. This term is most commonly applied to men.1

Gender: Refers to the way in which a person identifies or expresses their feminine or masculine characteristics. Generally understood as a social/cultural construction, a person’s gender identity is not always exclusively male or female, and may or may not correspond to their sex. 1

Gender identity: Refers to a person’s deeply held internal and individual sense of gender. 1

Intersex: Refers to people who have genetic, hormonal or physical characteristics that are not exclusively ‘male’ or ‘female’. A person who is intersex may identify as male, female, intersex or of indeterminate sex. 1

Lesbian: Refers to a woman whose primary emotional and sexual attraction is toward other women. 1

LGBTI/LGBTIQ: An internationally recognised initialism standing for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* or Intersex (sometimes with the addition of ‘Queer’ – see definition below)

Queer: An umbrella term including a range of alternative sexual and gender identities collectively. 2

Sex: Refers to a person’s biological characteristics. A person’s sex is usually described as male or female, however some people may not be exclusively male or female (referred to as ‘intersex’), or may not identify as either male or female. 1

Sex and/or gender identity: A term used to refer to the whole spectrum of sex and/or gender in our community. It aims to include all people regardless of whether they identify within or outside of the binary gender framework. 1

Sexuality: Also referred to as sexual orientation, the term sexuality refers to a person’s emotional or sexual attraction to another person, including, amongst others, the following identities: heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, asexual or same sex attracted. 1

Transgender: A general term for a person whose gender identity is different to their sex at birth.1

1 Definitions taken from Australian Human Rights Commission, Addressing sexual orientation and sex and/or gender identity discrimination, Consultation report – April 2011

2 Definition taken from Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria. (2012). Beyond: 'we treat everyone the same'. Authors: Dr. Catherine Barrett and Kylie Stephens.