Our promise to Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary Communities in Queensland
As one of Queensland’s largest LGBTI Sistergirl and Brotherboy and HIV organisations, we are committed to actively welcoming all people who access our programs, services and spaces. It is our responsibility to ensure that every member of our diverse Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary communities feel safe, valued, represented and appropriately supported to be able to be active participants in the co-design, delivery, accessing, monitoring and evaluation of our programs and spaces.
We commit to achieving this goal through an ongoing engagement in all areas of our work which will be guided by our Engagement Strategy and we also commit to using our influence in all areas of our work with external stakeholders and partners to advocate for these values, principles and ways of working to be embedded in their work.
Our Statement of Commitment
As an organisation we have a responsibility to reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve and are led by. We know that our Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary communities have some of the highest rates of psychological distress due to surviving and navigating environments that aren’t safe and the need to actively create and hold spaces of safety for Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary people is a responsibility that needs to be shared by everybody, and one that QC will commit to championing wherever it is able to.
We acknowledge that historically, and still today, the need to create and hold safer spaces is not only one of safety and inclusion, but also for connectedness.
We know, and Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary people and communities in Queensland have told us, that this is especially true when talking about spaces that may have been, or still are, sites of violence, stigma, discrimination and trauma. Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary people and communities in Queensland have asked us to partner together to reflect on our practice and processes to ensure that we do not contribute to ongoing violence experienced by so many in the Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary communities in Queensland.
We intend to honour this request as best we are able, and this will be evident as we commit to the ongoing resourcing of this work and to amplifying the voices of our Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary community members across all of Queensland.
Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary people must continue to lead this work for our communities, and we commit to growing pathways to work together that will continue to grow the health and wellbeing of Trans, Gender Diverse and Non-Binary people and communities.
Our Engagement Strategy can be found here.