LGBTIQ is often viewed as a single category and frequently spoken about in broad generalisations, however it is vital to understand that within this acronym, there are several distinct, and sometimes overlapping, demographics each with their own distinct histories and experiences.

Cultural background, ability, socioeconomic status and identity are just a few intersecting factors that can impact LGBTIQ people and their experience of work, family, education, healthcare, social connection and other facets of life many may take for granted.

What binds LGBTIQ people together as minorities groups are common experiences of stigma and discrimination which can often be attributed to a basic lack of knowledge or awareness.

Accessing culturally competent health services in order to achieve the highest possible level of health care is often unattainable for LGBTIQ people.

As a result of these and many other instances where invisibility is preferable, health outcomes for LGBTIQ communities are poorer than the general population.

LGBTIQ [Ai] training endeavours to equip participants with helpful information and simple tools that will assist in bridging communication gaps and bring clarity to an otherwise complex and fast-moving space.

The current unit has been contextualised to include findings from the SoBar -Not So Straight Up project’s research into drinking norms for the ACT LGBTIQ communites.

Our training methodology is a combination of presentation and discussion incorporating multimedia and practical activities. We have a ‘no wrong question’ policy to ensure all participants have an opportunity to fully involve themselves in the session.

All training is provided in small groups of up to 15 participants. Active and engaged participants leave with new skills, new insights and a wide range of valuable resources, tools and strategies.

This unit covers a wide range of topics and encourages individuals to contemplate their own level of awareness and workplace inclusiveness. This training caters for all levels of knowledge and experience.

Topics covered:

  • Why are we here? – Stigma and discrimination
  • Sex, gender and sexuality 101
  • Language and terminologies
  • LGBTIQ – unpacking the acronym
  • The heteronormative lens
  • Understanding of Minority Stress
  • Comorbidity and what this can look like for the LGBTIQ communities
  • “Pink-washing” Alcohol and the LGBTIQ communities in the media
  • Barriers to accessing services
  • LGBTIQ inclusivity in the workplace

Expected outcomes:

  • An understanding and recognition of difference and human experience
  • Greater confidence in the use of language and terminologies when communicating with or referring to LGBTIQ people.
  • Create ways to enhance workplace inclusive practice.

Through an engaging presentation and open discussion, our aim is to initiate conversation that has the potential to extend beyond the training room. An online, pre-training questionnaire is offered to all participants, which can determine a baseline of knowledge of LGBTIQ communities.

An invitation to ask anonymous questions is also included. This information may shape the structure of the session and promote healthy and safe discussion.

The design and delivery of LGBTIQ [Ai] training is grounded in the experience of dynamic presenters who live and work in the ACT, are part of Canberra LGBTIQ communities and have a deep understanding of local issues and local resources.

To register your interest in attending open sessions of the training or to organise a closed session for your organisation please contact us by email to sobar@meridianact.org.au