GALFA Board Members (L to R) Susan Ditter (Tasmania), Damian Douglas-Meyer (Western Australia), Ian Gould (Victoria), Catherine Fitzgerald (South Australia), Fiona Wilkie (New South Wales), Ruth McNair (Victoria), Sarina Jackson (New South Wales), Colin Krycer (Victoria)
On the weekend our Board came together for a rare face-to-face planning session. While we recognised and celebrated all the progress that's been made in creating a more equal and just society for LGBTIQ people, we also acknowledged that there's still a long way to go. Currently:
- LGBTIQ Australians are twice as likely to experience homelessness in their lifetime.
- LGBTIQ Australians experience more mental health problems due to discrimination, abuse and violence, and marginalisation.
- LGBTIQ Australians are less likely to access health services because they fear or have experienced discrimination from these services.
- LGBTIQ Australians with disabilities are at any even greater disadvantage than others with disability.
Despite all the progress, members of our community are still experiencing discrimination, exclusion, injustice and inequity.
GALFA exists to address these inequities and to create a positive future for all LGBTIQ Australians. Through our social impact grants and our broader advocacy we're working to raise awareness of these issues, and to create change at a Government and community level.
We won't stop working until all LGBTIQ Australians enjoy the freedoms and rights that others do. And we hope you won't either.