Discrimination risk to health

Discrimination risk to health

Living Proud has provided support, information and resources to the West Australian LGBTIQ community for about 40 years and is the longest running organisation of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.

Ms Broadway, a QLife co-ordinator, said main issues LGBTIQ people dealt with included phobic attitudes, sexuality assumptions, fear of being ‘outed’ and family and relationship stresses.

‘Phobic attitudes include institutional: law, marriage; cultural: media, visibility, family; interpersonal: bullying, abuse; and internal: shame and guilt, and the bullying and abuse that may be associated with these,’ she said.

Ms Broadway said research showed lesbian, gay and bisexual people were 3.5 to 14 times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual people.

She said despite increased public dialogue, awareness and understanding of the LGBQTI community over the years, more education was needed.

Go to www.livingproud.org.au or QLife, which can be contacted seven days a week, 24 hours a day on 1800 184 527 or www.qlife.org.au.