A group of passionate young people from our 2022 Young Leaders program have developed ‘Proud 2 Be Me’, a strengths-based awareness campaign that platforms the voices of LGBTIQA+ community members to build understanding, allyship and inclusion.
The Young Leaders chose to focus on this topic after researching the immense impacts of harassment and discrimination on LGBTIQA+ young people’s health and wellbeing. Recognising that there was a lack of culturally appropriate, positive messaging for young people, the Young Leaders designed this campaign to celebrate LGBTIQA+ community members of all backgrounds and identities.
Proud 2 Be Me platforms the many strengths and unique qualities of LGBTIQA+ people – educating viewers about diverse sexual and gender identities, while shining a light on the many similarities that we share.
The Young Leaders hope to spread the message that there is so much more to a person than their sexuality and gender identity – these characteristics do not define you. Being part of the LGBTIQA+ community is something that should be respected and celebrated.
Social Media Toolkit
The Young Leaders have also developed a social media toolkit to assist individuals and community organisations to help spread their message, by sharing campaign materials. We encourage users to share the included resources, to help promote LGBTIQA+ inclusion.
Download the Social Media Toolkit – 2.8MB
Information and Support
Additional learning resources to educate yourself:
- Your guide to words and definitions in the LGBTIQA+ community
- What are pronouns and why are they important?
- Tips for coming out
- What to do when your child comes out
- How to be a trans ally
Helpful support services for LGBTIQA+ young people:
A free specialist LGBTIQA+ service providing information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their friends and family. Available 10am - 5pm every day.
Phone: 1800 729 367
SMS: 0480 017 246
Provide anonymous and free peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships. Phone support and webchat available 3pm to midnight every day.
Phone: 1800 184 527
Provide counselling, case management, individual advocacy, family education and group support programs, and can help you access LGBTIQ+ friendly healthcare options and services. Queerspace organise regular community events and can refer you to LGBTIQA+ community groups to help you build social connections.
Phone: 9663 6733
Equip young people with the skills and opportunities they need to be at the forefront of driving change. They also host a heap of safe, fun events where you can meet likeminded LGBTIQA+ young people.