QC Advisory Groups
One of the important ways that QC delivers services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Sistergirl and Brotherboy Queenslanders is with the support of our Advisory and Health Action Groups.
The Health Action Groups initiate and facilitate peer education and health promotion to particular areas of our communities with the support of the organisation, and our Advisory Groups provide advice and guidance to the organisation and its work.
The 2Spirits Executive Advisory
As an organisation we have a responsibility to reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve. A safe, transparent and mutually agreed partnership with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy Communities of Queensland is an essential part of our work towards achieving this diversity.
We acknowledge that as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, you hold the knowledge, strength and cultural practices that create positive, social and emotional wellbeing outcomes.
Transgender, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary Advisory Group
The Transgender, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary Communities Advisory Group aims to provide quality advice to the Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC) which reflects the needs of Transgender, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary (TGDNB) communities, to ensure that QC resources, programs and services enhance the health and wellbeing outcomes of TGDNB people in Queensland.
The Advisory will do this by providing advice on the strategic directions of Transgender, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary (TGDNB) specific communities health programs, services and resources within QC, and ensure general LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy QC activities are inclusive of the needs of TGDNB people.
The Advisory Group also leads consultation processes to ensure community voices are captured in a QC TGDNB Communities Health Strategy and also to build the capacity and connections of leaders within the TGDNB communities through Statewide consultation, connection and community development, by creating a Community of Practice within the Advisory Group.
Many Genders One Voice (MGOV)
Many Genders One Voice is a Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary (TGDNB) Social and Support Group, and this group is made up almost entirely of volunteers from across TGDNB communities as well as their allies.
The group was founded in 2011 in direct response to the stigma and discrimination TGDNB people were facing when trying to access gender affirming care. Over time the group has evolved from a health action group to a social and support group.
The coordinator is Dylan Barrett ,who in addition to the coordinator role also works at Queensland Council for LGBTI Health (QC) as Health Promotion and Community Development Officer (Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary Health).
MGOV holds a number of events each year, most notably Trans Fair Day, Trans Awards and the Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony which includes the Story Bridge lit up in Trans colours.
MGOV’s values are:
Resilience & Resourcefulness.
Compassion & Accountability.
Creation & Innovation.
Leadership & Collaboration.
Authenticity & Celebration.
MGOV’s Goals are:
Embracing our true selves & holding space for others
Continuing to develop & support community owned language and a commitment to continued learning.
Creating and supporting safer and inclusive spaces.
Being responsive to evolving community dynamics.
Acknowledgement of self-care, boundaries, needs and capacity.
For more information:
MGOV initiatives and events:
Trans Fair Day
We held the first Trans Fair Day in 2016 with the aim of creating a community event supporting positive mental and physical health for local TGDNB people of all ages. All local service organisations relevant to the Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary communities attend on the day and entertainment and fun events happen throughout the day too.
Trans Community Awards
2016 saw the first awards held to acknowledge those in the community who do so much for the Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary communities who often aren’t recognised in the wider community. Trans community awards has become one of the highlights of the year these communities.
We have binders for purchase for the local community working in partnership with Underworks (one of the major producers of binders in the US) to enable those who are of limited finances to purchase these at half the cost of what it would be to ship by themselves into Australia. See the MGOV website for an order form.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
We hold a service every year at a local park to remember those in our community as well as further afield who we have lost through transphobic violence and suicide.