In Melbourne there are a number of options available for parents and family of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer or questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity. Support is also available for rainbow families.
We know how much of a positive impact a supportive family can have, which is why we’ve created four videos and accompanying articles to support parents and families.
To do that we enlisted the help of parents in the Minus18 community, because we also know how helpful it is to learn from the experiences of others!
What to do if you think your child might be LGBTQIA+
What are the signs, and how do you signal your support while also giving them space to work it out?
What to do when your child comes out
There’s no one way to be LGBTQIA+. It’s different for every family – but there are heaps of positive ways to navigate any experience.
How to educate when your child is LGBTQIA+
Having a queer child can mean lots of learning (and un-learning!) for the whole family. But you got this!
How to support and celebrate your LGBTQIA+ child
There are SO many ways to support and celebrate your child, no matter their age or your level of knowledge!
Supporting Transgender Children and their Families.
A peer support group for parents, siblings, extended family and friends of a trans and gender diverse person.
Rainbow Families Victoria
Gay Dads Australia
This Australian based website has been set up to support gay men who are planning on, or who are already parents. The site includes an active Discussion lists and Calendars for Victorian, New South Wales and Queensland groups which keeps state members informed of events and topical discussion. Emails to the list asking for support, advice or just sharing of parenting stories are encouraged.
Formed in 1993, PFLAG Victoria is a local chapter of the global PFLAG organisation that offers a vital service to “Parents and Friends of Lesbians And Gays”.
We are parents of lesbians and gays who provide support for other parents, families and friends. We aim to help them cope when a gay or lesbian child initially comes out to them. We are also there to support the gay children themselves. PFLAG is not affiliated with any political or religious groups and receives no Government funding.
Read more about PFLAG Victoria here.
Note, the Melbourne chapter of PFLAG is no longer actively operating, however their website contains a range of useful resources. An active PFLAG chapter is operating in Shepparton.
See the ‘Legal’ category down the right-hand side of this web site for legal services for families.
If you are aware of a relevant service that is not listed here, or wish to provide feedback, please send us a message via our Contact page.