The Andrews Labor Government is working to reduce the discrimination and everyday challenges that LGBTI people from culturally diverse backgrounds face in our community.

Tim Pallas MP said the Labor Government will work with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities and organisations to support them to be more inclusive of people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Government has committed $500,000 over four years for the LGBTI Multicultural Grants – the first of their kind.

The Grants will be managed through the Community Harmony Grant and Capacity Building and Participation programs.

LGBTI people experience higher levels of anxiety, depression and significantly higher rates of suicide compared to heterosexual counterparts. Tim Pallas MP emphasised that marginalisation and discrimination is the predominant cause, rather than gender and sexual diversity.

Tim Pallas said the grants will help unite and educate the Werribee community to allow all Victorians, of all backgrounds, to achieve their full potential.

Quotes attributable to Member for Werribee, Tim Pallas

“The new grants will provide LGBTI communities and organisations with the extra support they need to ensure Victorians live free from discrimination, no matter their background.”

“I encourage community groups and organisations in Werribee to apply for a grant under this new program.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott

“We will not tolerate any form of discrimination. We know LGBTI people, including those from culturally diverse backgrounds, are more likely to be discriminated against and we are working to reverse this.”