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Wollongong City Council

LGBTIQ Communities

We work to make Wollongong a welcoming, supportive and inclusive city for everyone, including our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities.

Council runs a range of specific programs for our local LGBTIQ communities.

Wollongong Youth Services

Wollongong Youth Services, in partnership with Headspace Wollongong, deliver two programs working with sex, gender and sexuality diverse people to provide support, social opportunities and connectedness:

  • Rainbow league is a group for people aged 16-24.
  • Q-munity is a group for people aged 12-15.

Wollongong Youth Services also holds events and takes part in awareness campaigns and celebrations throughout the year. These include Wear It Purple Day and IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia).

Wollongong City Libraries

Our libraries hold inclusive events and talks during Pride Month, and at other times throughout the year. Visit the libraries' website to find upcoming events.

Wollongong Living Books

Wollongong Living Books gives people the opportunity to have a conversation with people (the 'books') about their life experiences. Several of the 'books' in this program discuss their lived experience within LGBTIQ communities.

Welcome Here project

Wollongong City Libraries and Wollongong Youth Services are proud members of ACON’s Welcome Here project, and are safe spaces for members of the LGBTIQ community.

Other local support services

ACON provides a broad range of support services for LGBTIQ people, including HIV prevention and support, sexual and mental health, safety and more. Visit ACON’s website to find local support services and check out their Here For Illawarra guide.

QLife is a national counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and / or intersex. Visit the QLife website for more information.