Elder Issues & the LGBTQIA+ Community During COVID-19

In this podcast, Rebecca Dahl and Sally Nicholes of Nicholes Family Lawyers speak with Joe Ball, CEO of Switchboard and Jessica Stott, acting CEO of WIRE (Women’s Information Referral Exchange) about elder issues in the LGBTQIA+ community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our speakers talk about how their services are helping LGBTQIA+ Victorians during social isolation and how allies can help.

Disclaimer: In this episode of the podcast we talk about suicide. We know this is a difficult topic for some people.  We do not talk about the details of any specific suicide, and we will try to use terms like suicided instead of committed suicide, but even so this content may be distressing for some people. If that’s you, please look after yourself and skip this episode – we’ve got heaps of other great content you can listen to instead.

Presented by Nicholes Family Lawyers

Useful links

Switchboard: provides peer-driven support services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) people, their families, allies and communities – 1800 184 527

Q Life: anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.

Queerspace: an LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing support service established in 2009 by LGBTIQ+ communities for LGBTIQ+ communities. Queerspace has a focus on relationships and young people.

Minus 18: lead change, building social inclusion, and advocating for an Australia where all young people are safe, empowered, and surrounded by people that support them.

Thorne Harbour Health: support for sex, sexuality and gender diverse communities.

Rainbow Families Victoria: a volunteer community organisation based in Victoria, Australia. RFV supports and promotes equality for ‘rainbow’ families.

Kids Helpline: a free, private and confidential telephone counselling service – 1800 55 1800

Parent line: a state-wide counselling and support service for all Victorian parents – 13 22 89 or 1300 272 736

Safe Steps: a domestic violence hotline service for women and children – 1800 015 188

WIRE Helpline: free support, referral, and information for all Victorian women (non-binary and gender diverse inclusive) – 1300 134 130

Relationship Space: an online program to help parents manage divorce

Relationships Australia

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