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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.

Proud to Be Community Forum

Its great to be part of a sporting team or club, but many LGBTI people are missing out on this great experience of spirit and friendship. The LGBTI community miss this opportunity through experiencing or viewing abuse and homophobia. 

Latrobe City Council supported the Proud to Be Community Forum, which is all about giving everyone a fair go, and the opportunity to learn how to make your club, team or community organisation welcoming and inclusive to all people. The forum features an education session by Proud2Play and special guest speakers.

Commissioner for gender and sexuality

In 2015 Rowena Allen was announced the first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner for Victoria and it has been a whirlwind of meetings and interviews. Since starting in the new role Rowena has not slowed down in her pursuit for equality and understanding for the LGBTI community.  

However it has been quite a journey staring out in Melbourne suburbs to then rural Victoria, to learn about LGBTI issues and circumstances outside of the city.  To then coming back, deeper to inner Melbourne and beginning a new chapter of her life and mission for equality. 

To learn more bout Rowena's journey read the full article.

Useful Resources


Previously called Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV), Rainbow Health Victoria has been working for over 15 years to deliver positive change for LGBTIQ communities. 

Rainbow Health Victoria is a program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) health and wellbeing through research and knowledge translation, training, resources, policy advice and service accreditation through the Rainbow Tick.

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.


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.

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