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Impacts of Religious Discrimination of LGBTIQ+ People

Religion-based discrimination of LGBTIQ+ people can take many forms. It may involve conversion programs and religious ‘counselling’ practices (i.e. practices that try to change the sexuality or gender identity of LGBTIQ+ people). Unfortunately, these practices still exist in Australia despite extensive evidence about their life-threatening harms (Ryan, 2009).

December 02, 2022 1:31 PM


Does the ACT need an LGBTIQA+ peak body? - Discussion Paper

In the ACT, there is no peak body representing LGBTIQA+ people or organisations providing services to LGBTIQA+ people. The question of whether the ACT needs a peak body for LGBTIQA+ health and wellbeing is one that arises from time to time, including within the Office of LGBTIQ+ Affairs, in the ACT Health Scoping Study, in the commissioning process for peak bodies, and by individual stakeholders. This discussion paper outlines the arguments for and against establishing an LGBTIQA+ peak body in the ACT, and presents some alternative options to establishing a new, separate organisation.

December 02, 2022 9:06 AM


Annual Report (2022)

The health, safety, and wellbeing of our communities remain at the heart of our work at Meridian. While Canberra was relatively sheltered from COVID-19 early on, we were hit hard by the pandemic in the first half of this financial year. In response, we rallied to support our communities, working hard to ensure they had access to appropriate health information and resources, COVID-19 vaccinations, and mental health support. We also made sure that our communities could meet their ongoing healthcare needs, including having access to HIV testing facilities, HIV medication, and harm-reduction resources and support.

October 28, 2022 11:22 AM



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