Council will explore ways to provide services, programs and networks that are more inclusive to Monash’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/Questioning (LGBTIQ) community.
At the October 2018 meeting Council endorsed a report to explore the proposed recommendations from a community consultation in August, which provided vital feedback and support to advance Monash LGBTIQ residents’ equal participation and inclusion in community life.
The consultation included an online survey and workshops with participants identifying issues and barriers they experience including a lack of LGBTIQ specific programs and events in the municipality, discrimination, a lack of representation and some saying they felt unsafe to express their sexuality in public for fear of harassment.
Mayor Paul Klisaris said the consultation was a welcomed and much needed way for Council to acknowledge and respect gender and sexuality diversity.
‘There were some deeply personal and insightful responses to this survey and I thank everyone who had their say because this helps us to know the needs and priorities for our residents who identify as LGBTIQ,” Cr Klisaris said.
“I look forward to what comes from a comprehensive exploration of opportunities to make sure our LGBTIQ community are, and feel, included and recognised in Monash.”
Responses to the consultation came not only from Council’s LGBTIQ community but also service providers, community groups and residents who support an inclusive and diverse Monash.
For more info: monash.vic.gov.au/LGBTIQ-community
Media Contact: Emily Webb 0466 026 560 or email Emily.Webb@monash.vic.gov.au