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We are asking LGBTIQ South Australians to provide feedback on the outcomes of the South Australian Strategy for the Inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer People 2014 – 2016 and to identify future priorities for this work.

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Government Agency

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

15 Feb 2018

Hi Garry

Thanks for the idea, we will certainly follow the link and check out the Victorian Pride Centre.

Kind regards

Garry Morrison

15 Feb 2018

A community centre such as the one being started in St Kilda Vic would be wonderful in Adelaide.
https://pridecentre.org.au/
It could also be formative in creating a business/community incubator such as a "China Town"

Government Agency

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

14 Feb 2018

Hi Barry
Thanks for your detailed response to the Way Forward. Your perspective and ideas are greatly valued.
Kind regards

Barry Mortimer

14 Feb 2018

The South Australian Government has demonstrated strong support for the LGBTIQ community in South Australia over a number of years and particularly during the time leading up to the finally successful, National marriage equality legislation. I express my heartfelt thanks for all this support. My partner and I have in fact received a Recognised Relationship Certificate under the SA Partnership Register Act 2016 for the civil partnership we entered into under UK law in 2006.
Government and non-Government partnerships are also to be applauded (Shine SA, COTA, ECH, Catalyst etc) and have achieved so much on behalf of LGBTIQ people.
In summary:
• Things are happening within the LGBTIQ community but my experience indicates we still have some way to go in effective coordination and communication.
• I have been reading and listening to views about ‘what next’ for LGBTIQ people and everything I hear is worthy and critical for the well-being of different groups. The missing link is a coordinated response to diverse views which also results in a barrier to those of us still fit enough to expend some energy and expertise in forwarding the interests of the community (I am reminded of an article I read today along the lines of “people are retiring in their 60s but being expected to behave like they are old”, discounting the opportunities for continuing growth and active involvement which is beneficial for all).
• A lack of Coordination feeds through to ineffective communication which, when taking into account the demise of a number of interest groups, the disappearance of a local paper and the “gay” pub (a valuable “drop in” space), is a key issue for groups of people notwithstanding the rise and rise of social media.
Recommendation:
I see a priority for an effective structure/ mechanism to coordinate and more actively engage LGBTIQ people to take a lead and in equal partnership(s) with other interest groups, forward our own interests.
A LGBTIQ Peak/Coordinating Committee/Commission with physical and on-line resource capabilities are models of interest to explore. A web site would have been invaluable when I was looking for what was around 18 or so months ago. We have models nationally and internationally so, know the possibilities but, whatever is supported, it has to work for the SA community. I have no doubt that this is a solvable issue but needs coordinated and broad input.
One idea or model will never meet the needs of all interest groups but my view is that we can do so much better but that it needs engagement with and from as many of us as possible. Issues around effective coordination and communication are ever present as they always have been in any initiative. Unless we do this better I believe our efforts will remain “silo-ed” and less than effective.

Government Agency

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

13 Feb 2018

Hi Peter
Thanks so much for taking the time to respond to The Way Forward. Your thoughtful comments are greatly appreciated.
Regards

peter cornish

12 Feb 2018

Great job; whilst the structure a framework is in place. I would like to add that in my youth, I benefitted from social drop ins for young same sex attracted young people, run by second storey. I found it important, and those friendship forged in those session, have been life long, which provides self support mechanisms for the last 20 years for me and hopefully the next 40. These programs were stopped, for cost cutting reasons. I query the costs of not doing them.

Government Agency

Department for Communities and Social Inclusion

18 Dec 2017

Hi everyone
Thank you so much for taking the time to add your comments on The Way Forward – LGBTIQ Report. We look forward to hearing your feedback. We encourage you to use this forum as a way to provide your feedback, however, you are also welcome to email us at DCSI.SocialInclusion@sa.gov.au