Here are some suggestions if you’re looking for other groups or services to link in with, following the wrapping up of Women’s Coming Out Group and Men’s Talking It Out Group.
There are many more options out there too, this is just a starting point!
QLife Peer Support
QLife telephone and webchat LGBTIQA peer support line – for anonymous and confidential one-to-one conversations. QLife Peer Supporters can also look up referral options for support groups, networks and social activities (as well as other support options, like counselling or other professional services).
Daily 3pm – midnight, phone 1800 184 527 or webchat here
Sydney Q Gathering – monthly social and support group focused on providing a culturally inclusive space, that prioritises discretion. This group’s priority is to provide a space for you to feel part of a community free from any discrimination.
Email Samia@nulltwenty10.org.au for more info and to join the email list for future group dates.
For LGBTIQA young people – Twenty10 also has:
Drop In (ages 12 – 25) Mon, Tues, Thur & Fri 2pm-5pm in Chippendale;
Monthly Dinner (ages 20 – 27), 1st Tues of month 5.30pm-7.30pm in Chippendale; and
Out West (ages 12 – 25) fortnightly Wed 6pm -8pm in Parramatta.
Head over to our calendar for more information.
Other community groups and organisations
ACON offers various services, workshops and events. Based in Surry Hills, but do events and outreach in other areas too. Phone: (02) 9206 2000
The Gender Centre – a range of services and groups for transgender & gender diverse people. Based in Annandale, but can be contacted by anyone in NSW. Phone: (02) 9569 2366
Trans Pride Australia – a social and support group for trans & gender diverse people and their loved ones.
Queer Screen – runs film events throughout the year including the Mardi Gras Film Festival in Feb and Queer Screen Festival in September. A very friendly, safe space with lots of fun content.
MAG Sydney – Mature Age Gay Sydney, or MAG, is a social club for gay and bisexual men and their supporters, with a focus on the needs of gay men over forty.
Harbour City Bears (HCB) – community group for bears (hairy gay men) their admirers and friends. HCB committee and member base is inclusive of people “from all walks of life, ages, sizes, gender identities and personality traits or types”.
SGLBA – Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association, with regular events / groups such as Fruits In Suits, and Lemons With A Twist
SheQu – a group that runs events, workshops and advocacy for queer women from ethnic / multicultural backgrounds.
Sydney Gaymers – a group for LGBTIQA+ people who enjoy playing all kinds of games, including video games, card games and board games.
Gay and Married Men’s Association – a peer support group for men who are or have been involved in long-term heterosexual relationships and are now coming to terms with their sexual attraction to other men.
It’s always a good idea to check your local council website or What’s On page – as they often list a range of community groups / events / programs or similar that could be relevant to LGBTIQA+ folks. Here’s the pages for City of Sydney, Inner West Council, and City of Parramatta.
Check art galleries and museums – as they can also be a great place for a social outing, and often showcase LGBTIQA+ artists and exhibitions, or even check their free permanent collections for a social outing option.
Also, check LGBTIQA+ press (print and digital) such as LOTL or Star Observer for events, venues or similar things that might be happening that interest you. Community Radio that has LGBTIQA+ programs is also good for this, such as FBi Radio, 2Ser and EastSideFM.