Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer and other gender diverse people contribute significantly to communities across Australia. However, these groups continue to face discrimination based on their gender and/or sexual orientation. This results in poorer mental health outcomes and higher suicide rates.
The Northern Territory has some key organisations that aim to provide support to the LGBTIQ+ community. The LGBTI Living Well program is a digital information and training platform that aims to improve social and emotional wellbeing. LGBTIQ+ people can seek advise and information on further health or counselling services. And clinicians, health support workers and other professionals can engage in training and education around LGBTIQ+ health and support. There are also free counselling services available on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Click here for more information.
The Northside clinic also holds a monthly healthcare clinic in Darwin, which is bulk billed and focused on LGBTIQ+ healthcare. The November 2023 clinics will be held on the 23rd and 25th. Click here to find up to date information and contact information for the clinic.
Big Sky Psychology also offers therapy and counselling services to gender diverse clients. Please discuss this option with your GP or ring us on 08 8986 0666.
The Genderbread person is an educational tool that can help people understand the meanings of people’s identities or can be helpful to understand your own identity. It distinguishes between gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, and sexual orientation.
Gender diversity is present in Indigenous cultures and history across the world. Including in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture where Sistagirls and Brothaboys refers to a transgender person or someone who has a masculine or feminine spirit that is different to the sex they were assigned at birth.