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GALFA NEWS
Spring - November 2017

GALFA LGBTQ Homelessness project
Final report launch event in Melbourne 6 September 2017

The final report was the culmination of 18 months’ research at the University of Melbourne and Swinburne University of Technology. It was officially launched with 80 people present at Allens law firm, who kindly hosted the event.

This study has produced important new evidence about the pathways to homelessness that are unique to LGBTQ Australians. City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Doyle, who launched the report, said that such evidence is critically important to inform the work of government, and acknowledged that experiences of family conflict often led to LGBTQ youth leaving home at an earlier age than non- LGBTQ peers. Tony Keenan, CEO of Launch Housing and member of the study advisory group, highlighted that this is especially problematic in a time when most young people remain in the family home until their mid-20s. Jenny Smith, CEO of the Council to Homeless Persons, and also an advisory group member, pointed out that while 1 in 8 Australians have been homeless, this rises to 1 in 3 people who identify as lesbian, bisexual, and gay. And statistics are still lacking for trans, gender diverse, and intersex people, although homelessness services have seen a huge increase in the number of trans and gender diverse clients.


Deborah Dempsey (Swimburne – project team), Jenny Smith, Tony Keenan, Ruth McNair (project leader), Cal Andrews (project researcher) and Sharon Parkinson (Swinburne – project team)

The report is already having an impact in the homelessness services sector to inform LGBTQ inclusive service provision, and also encouraging policy writers to improve the focus on LGBTQ people as a vulnerable subgroup.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle

The report can be found at http://www.lgbtihomeless.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/LGBTI-Homelessness-project-Final-report-September-2017.pdf

Executive summary: http://www.lgbtihomeless.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/LGBTI-Homelessness-project-exec-summary-September-2017.pdf

The Small Grants Program first recipients

GALFA has received several applications for small grants of up to $500 since the program launch in April this year. The Small grants committee led by GALFA Board member Catherine Fitzgerald has given six grants so far to a diverse range of recipients:

  • Bisexual+ Community Perth
  • Aboriginal LGBTI Awareness Day, Southern Cross, WA
  • Pride March Adelaide
  • Albert Park Flexible Learning Centre, Brisbane
  • Wong Lab Productions, Melbourne
  • Nurul Tajularus - Sydney Gay Muslims

These grants are extending the reach of GALFA funds and supporting LGBTIQ people around Australia.

Applications can be made at any time through our website: https://www.galfa.org.au/funding/small-grants-program/

The Channel first grant round

Congratulations to Georgia Matthews and The Channel – GALFA’s first sub-fund, on the successful completion of their first grant round.

The two recipients were:

  • Document Australian Foundation for ‘A Clever Label’ - $10,000
    A documentary exposing the influence of the Australian Chrirstian Lobby on our democracy and how this impacts on LGBTQIA+ people.
  • Lara Gerrand for ‘Pride in Care’ - $5,000
    An advocacy, education and leadership organisation lead by LGBTQIA+ youth with an out of home care experience.

The second grant round is underway with a theme of overcoming isolation.

Equal Marriage Philanthropic support

Yes - EqualityGALFA has signed a Statement in Support of Marriage Equality led by

  • Ruth Johnstone, The Caledonia Foundation
  • Kirsty Allen, The Myer Foundation
  • John Spierings, Reichstein Foundation

Several philanthropic trusts, foundations and networks signed the statement in support of marriage equality showing that many in Australia’s philanthropic community are willing to publicly state their support. The statement is to be released very soon.

GALFA to be at Feast Festival picnic, Adelaide Sunday 26th Nov

If you will be in Adelaide for the annual Feast Festival, look out for the GALFA stall, to be hosted by GALFA Board member Catherine Fitzgerald and volunteers.

Thanks to recent donors

Patrick Hanson

Patrick Hanson

Patrick Hanson has twice raised money for GALFA by selling flags at equal marriage rallies. In 2016 he raised $1,000, and just this month in Sydney raised almost $3,000.

Thank you so much Patrick.



The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Victoria

The Diversity and Inclusion Council at DELWP raised $1425 for GALFA at recent events including a panel discussion forum on LGBTI homelessness at which Ruth McNair spoke.

Thanks Brian Lau and others for initiating this fundraising.

Thank you to all our generous donors that have contributed this year. It’s easy to donate to GALFA either on line via our web site, or by setting up a regular monthly contribution. Donations over $2 are tax deductable.

Donations either once off or monthly can be made via our website - go to www.galfa.org.au and hit the Donations button.

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