SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUPS

TRANSCENDENCE SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT GROUP

Transcendence is a social and emotional support group for transgender and gender-diverse individuals, 18+, or those questioning their gender identity. 

https://www.raq.org.au/services/rainbow-program

1300 364 277

SHOUT AT HEADSPACE MAROOCHYDORE

This is an open social session for anyone who is a member of, curious about or an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community. 12-17 group and 18+ group.

https://www.facebook.com/headspaceMaroochydore

(07) 5409 4900

hsmreception@youturn.org.au

 

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

RELATIONSHIPS AUSTRALIA QUEENSLAND

The LGBTI Legal Service offers free and confidential legal advice to Queensland residents who identify as members of the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex community.

https://lgbtilegalservice.org.au/

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QLIFE

QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

https://qlife.org.au/

1800 184 527

OBSIDIAN COUNSELLING

We provide professional online counselling for the LGBTIQA+ communities and those questioning or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender Australia wide.

https://obsidian-counselling.com.au/

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AWAKENED COUNSELLING

Counselling service specialising in working with the LGBTQIA+ community and their families.

https://www.awakenedcounselling.com.au/

THE THERAPY MOVEMENT

We support children, young people and adults with any range of mental health and counselling needs.

Children, Young People and Adults with diverse gender and sexuality, experience unique challenges.  We offer therapy specialised in assisting individuals and families in the areas of adjustment, identity and negotiating barriers.  We additionally provide specialised couples, parenting, and post separation therapy for same sex and gender diverse relationships.

https://thetherapymovement.com.au/

 

FACEBOOK GROUPS

SUNSHINE COAST PRIDE NETWORK

Its Time.

Time to be recognised and appreciated. We have built this group to gather all LGBTQIA+ people and their families together. We want to make everyone who lives in the Sunshine Coast to feel they are not alone - we are all part of one big family!!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/SCRainbowNetwork

RAINBOW FAMILIES SUNSHINE COAST

The mission of Rainbow Families Sunshine Coast (Qld) is to nurture a community which fosters resiliency by connecting, supporting, and empowering LGBTQI families.

This group is our place to share, chat, make plans, ask a question, discuss topics, share wisdoms, and exchange ideas that matter to us.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/147949022368/

SUNSHINE COAST LGBTIQ+ (18+)

This is a group for LGBTIQ+ folks and allies on the Sunshine Coast, there will be group meetings as a safe space to meet others on the Coast in our community. Local events, support for others and much more. Welcome Everyone.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2713102732269800

MALENY IDAHOBIT

Every year Maleny Pride organises an event to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia (May 17 each year) for Maleny and Sunshine Coast Hinterland LGBTIQ people and their friends. We'd love you to join our group if you want to help with the organisation of the event or if you'd like to come along on the night or perhaps you just want to support our efforts from a distance.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/338872082824194

FREE MUM HUGS

Free Mum Hugs Australia is a group of affirming people who love unconditionally and want the LGBTIQ+ community to know that they are fully accepted and loved for who they are. Sharing love and acceptance, one hug at a time.

Facebook page

RAINBOW FAMILIES QUEENSLAND COMMUNITY

This is a group set up by Rainbow Families QLD for LGBTQIA parents and prospective parents living in Queensland. Please use this group to discuss, organise, share information, organise social events, and to help foster a community.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/588556338178494/

 

HEALTH AND WELLBEING ORGANISATIONS

LGBTI+ COMMUNITY AGEING NETWORK (LGBTI+ CAN)

Inspiring the Wellbeing and Inclusion of LGBTI+ Seniors in Sunshine Coast Areas. Connecting LGBTI+ Seniors with trusted services, support and resources.

https://lgbtican.com.au/

Facebook

THE QUEENSLAND COUNCIL FOR LGBTI HEALTH (QC)

QC is a community led and community owned health and wellbeing service for LGBTQIA+, Sistergirl and Brotherboy people in Queensland.

https://www.qc.org.au/

Facebook

MANY GENDERS ONE VOICE

A Trans, Gender Diverse & Non-Binary Social and Support Group. Holding regular meetings, events and raising awareness within our own communities and other communities at large.

https://www.manygendersonevoice.org/

LGBTQ DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS FOUNDATION

We are committed to helping end domestic violence in LGBTQ communities through our awareness campaigns, education programs and reducing barriers to reporting abuse and accessing support.

https://www.dvafoundation.org/

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CARER GATEWAY

Emotional, practical and financial support for carers. LGBTQIA+ Liason.
Call 1800 422 737.

https://www.carergateway.gov.au/

 

PRIDE EVENTS

SUNSHINE COAST PRIDE FESTIVAL

The Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is an LGBTQIA+ event organised by a dedicated Committee of volunteers and is about providing a safe and fun environment for LGBTQIA+ people, their family and friends, to come together and celebrate our diversity.

Commencing in 2007, the Festival was an initiative of the Queensland Aids Council (QuAC) to engage with the local LGBTQIA+ community.

Since our humble beginning, we have grown to become a weekend-long Festival, with a variety of events, activities and entertainment to cater for all ages and interests.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for details about upcoming events.

RAINBOW RIVER FESTIVAL

The Annual Noosa Rainbow River Festival is an LGBTI event open to everyone. Held in or around March each year.

Facebook

SUNSHINE COAST MARDI GRAS

An annual event that started in 2021. The vibrant festival, held at Aussie World, is usually family friendly in the afternoon and adults only in the evening.

https://sunshinecoastmardigras.com/

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BRISBANE PRIDE FESTIVAL

Brisbane Pride is now Queensland’s largest and the country's third largest LGBTIQ+ major event, attracting more than 50,000 Festival-goers over a four week period.

https://brisbanepride.org.au/

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SUPPORT FOR PARENTS OF LGBTQIA+ KIDS

PFLAG+ BRISBANE

PFLAG+, even though primarily a support group for parents, strives to also support LGBTQIA+ youth who are in fear they may be/or have been abandoned by family.

https://www.pflagbrisbane.org.au/

0400 767 832

Facebook

TRANSCEND AUSTRALIA

Working towards a world where Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary children are embraced and given every opportunity to thrive and flourish.

https://transcend.org.au/

Facebook

PARENTS OF GENDER DIVERSE CHILDREN

Parents of Gender Diverse Children works hard to give a voice to parents and those parenting transgender and gender diverse children. We know that parents who are well supported are better able to support their children; and that feeling connected, safe and included plays a vital part in creating strong and resilient families.

https://www.pgdc.org.au/

Facebook

 

LEGAL SERVICES

LGBTI COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICE

The LGBTI Legal Service offers free and confidential legal advice to Queensland residents who identify as members of the diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex community.

https://lgbtilegalservice.org.au/

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LGBTQIA+ OWNED BUSINESSES

MELONY'S DRAG QUEEN BINGO

Melony Brests has now been performing Melony's Drag Queen Bingo for over 20 years. Joined by her right hand gal and barrel girl assistant Sall Monalla. This crazy bingo show has now raised over $700,000.00 for many and various community fundraisers... and that figure is growing. It's a ball dropping good time!

Facebook

PEACE RUN RECORDS AND AGENCY

Independent record label founded by Andrea Kirwin, promoting Sunshine Coast bands and connecting artists to gigs on the Sunshine Coast.

https://www.peacerunrecords.com/

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BENT FILM CO.

Wedding Videography. Two people with a flair for film located on the Sunshine Coast. A fusion of traditional film techniques & modern editing style with a personal & professional touch.

While we are a company for absolutely everyone, we are especially passionate about providing a safe and personalised experience for our local LGBTQ+ family.

We want you to know that your special footage is in the trusted hands of fellow members of the queer community.

https://www.bentfilmco.com/

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ORA DESIGNS

Based out of the Sunshine Coast, Ora Designs is run by Abbey Ashfield-Crook, a creative with a passion for graphic design, illustration, photography & film.

https://www.oradesigns.com.au/

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TWO BRIDES PRESENTS

Two Brides Presents is an inclusive, handmade, queer owned & operated artist collective based on Bundjalung nation, Gold Coast, Australia. Born in 2017 by wife & wife duo, Chris (they/she) & Julz (she/her) to champion and celebrate queer art, culture, pride & community.  

https://twobridespresents.com/

 

HOME AND COMMUNITY CARE SERVICES

RAINBOW CARE HOME SERVICES

Rainbow Care Home Services are NDIS registered for Support Coordination and Plan Management. We are able to support HCP packages as well as private services.

Other Services:

Art Therapy

Direct Services in the aged, disability, mental health and private space with our carefully selected Rainbow Workers.

https://rainbowcarehomeservices.com.au/

LGBTI+ COMMUNITY AGEING NETWORK (LGBTI+ CAN)

Inspiring the Wellbeing and Inclusion of LGBTI+ Seniors in Sunshine Coast Areas. Connecting LGBTI+ Seniors with trusted services, support and resources.

https://lgbtican.com.au/

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