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Pride Foundation News April 2019

Message from the Chair

Our work in the LGBTIQ disability area has gone from strength to strength, led by Board member Ian Gould. We have supported the establishment of a self-advocacy group in partnership with VALID, leveraged funding for research on the lived experience of people living with disabilities in our community that is about to start at Deakin University, and advocated for policy inclusion in State and Federal arenas. In addition, we held a forum in Melbourne in February that brought together people with disabilities, leaders and advocates to discuss what inclusion really means. On another front, we are establishing our advisory group on LGBTIQ refugees and asylum seekers and are excited to be starting this important work.

Finally, we are very pleased to be launching our new website as part of our rebranding at This work has been led by our Communications Manager Cathy Kirwan, and designer PJ Calhoun, as well as Board member Damian Douglas-Meyer. Sadly, Cathy is leaving us as her contract comes to an end, but very soon we will be announcing the appointment of our new Marketing and Administration Officer to fill her shoes.

Ruth McNair, Pride Foundation Board Chairperson

Thanks to Cathy Kirwan – Outgoing Communications Manager

Cathy KirwanCathy joined us 18 months ago to support the development of our marketing plan. This grew to become an important discussion about renaming and rebranding the organisation. As Board member Fiona Wilkie said, “I believe our inclusive branding, contemporary website design and refreshing new collateral will help generate some real growth”.

Cathy worked with professionalism, patience and finesse to understand the Board, our donors and our work, and helped identify our key messages. She has navigated our path to becoming Pride Foundation Australia, and we thank her sincerely.

She has now moved on to a new role and we wish her every success.

Pride Foundation Australia Disability Forum February 2019

A very successful forum on LGBTIQ disability was held in Melbourne as part of the Midsumma Festival with over 60 people filling Hares and Hyenas to capacity. Thanks to Ian Gould for leading the disability work for Pride Foundation and coordinating the forum.

Our Chair: Prof Rhonda Galbally AC
Our 7 panel members: Jax Jacki Brown; Bethany Robinson; Cameron (Cam) Bloom; Grant Maynard; Mellem Rose; Kirrily Hayward; and, Jake Lewis
Our 5 Reflective Commentators: Jamie Gardiner (LGBTIQ and human rights activist); Ro Allen (Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality); Alastair McEwin (National Disability Commissioner, Human Rights Commission); Graham Head AO (NDIS Quality and Safeguard Commissioner); Jude Munro AO (Chair Victorian Pride Centre)
Our ~60 participants: from across the LGBTIQ and LGBTIQ disability communities

Next steps will be the production of a short video with key points from the night, and a JOY 94.9 podcast. Pride Foundation has also committed to developing LGBTIQ disability inclusion and accessibility principles, which could be used by LGBTQIA+ organisations and individuals to ensure events and processes are as inclusive as possible.

Photos – Margherita Coppolino

The Small Grants Program

The first round of the year saw four successful applicants each receive $500:

  • Sydney Bi+ Network (NSW) – BiLines storytelling event
  • Coming Out of Violence (ACT) - LGBTI survivors of domestic violence support group
  • Pride In Port (Port Macquarie NSW) – annual celebration and ball
  • Anam Cara House Geelong (Vic) – LGBTI workshop for staff at the community hospice

The next rounds will be due June 9, September 8, and December 6.

Applications for up to $500 can be made for the 2019 rounds via the online form at:

The Channel initiatives

Congratulations to The Channel who worked with Our Community to produce a report on the state of LGBTIQ philanthropy in Australia. This shows that the proportion of specific giving and grants for LGBTIQ issues remains extremely low by comparison to other vulnerable subgroups.

give OUT dayThe Channel has established an Australian giveOUTday, a national day of giving to LGBTIQ+ communities, held on Thursday 18 April 2019.

This encourages donations to participating projects via the giveOUTday online platform, which will be matched dollar for dollar, up to the value of $35,000.

The first giveOUTday has been amazingly successful with over $80,000 raised.

Pride Foundation LGBTIQA+ refugee and asylum seeker advisory group

We have established a national advisory group on LGBTIQA+ refugees and asylum seekers, which will meet via teleconference for the first time on Tuesday 30 April. There has been a huge amount of enthusiasm for this work, with a wide range of organisations represented including the Asylum Seeker Centre NSW, Rainbow Refugees Action Committee ACT, Queer Sisterhood, Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre Vic, Equality Australia, National LGBTI Health Alliance, Australian Lesbian Medical Association, Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council, National Ethnic Disability Alliances, Human Rights For all, and Three for All Foundation.

The aims of the group are:

  1. to identify priority issues for LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees in Australia that would benefit from philanthropic funding
  2. to advise on the best methods of providing funds for this group, including grant rounds, commissioning research, supporting collaboration
  3. to establish links between like-minded philanthropic organisations, services and individuals working with LGBTIQ asylum seekers and refugees in Australia

We Need Your Support

Pride Foundation Australia is 100% reliant on community donor support to make our work possible. We are incredibly grateful for the funds we receive from our generous donors throughout the year.

Your donation will help fund essential programs for LGBTQIA+ people in our community who are the most disadvantaged.

To make a donation, large or small, visit If you would like to leave a bequest, please visit or contact us if you have any donor queries at

For 2019 we are moving to a monthly newsletter, so look forward to hearing more news about our work in a months’ time.

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