Including You: A Practical Guide to Engaging with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) Communities and Developing LGBTIQ Inclusive Services

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people can experience multiple discrimination based on their culture, sexuality and gender identity. The importance of cultural and family bonds and the lack of family ties in LGBTIQ communities are critical issues for many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ people. In relation to mental health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ people are disproportionately exposed to many risk factors. Factors associated with LGBTIQ status are superimposed upon a high level of mental health risk factors already present in some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations such as poverty, violence and alcoholism. Service providers may also be aware of the term ‘sistergirl’, which is used by some members of the Aboriginal community to broadly describe their transgender or gay status. When delivering services, it is important to note that the term ‘sistergirl’ may also be used by Aboriginal people who do not identify as LGBTIQ.”