Like all families, rainbow and same-sex families need support to thrive. This page has links to national, state and territory support services and resources for rainbow and same-sex parents, their children and their family and friends.
Australian Human Rights Commission – Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & Intersex Status
This webpage has information on the legal rights and entitlements of diverse families, as well as information about laws against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.
Gay Dads Australia
This website has information and resources for gay men who are fathers or who want to have children.
National LBGTI Health Alliance
This national organisation provides health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) and other sexuality-diverse, gender-diverse and body-diverse people and communities. Phone (02) 8568 1123.
OUTspoken families: A resource kit for rainbow families
Written by Jacqui Tomlins, this kit collates stories from rainbow families to help them deal with daily challenges and bigger concerns. The kit also provides insights for service providers so that they can offer their LGBTI clients a respectful and informed service.
PFLAG – Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
This volunteer organisation offers help, support and information to families and friends of all gay people. Phone (02) 9294 1002.
This is a national counselling and referral service for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex (LGBTI). Phone 1800 184 527, 3 pm-midnight, seven days a week.
Safe Schools Coalition Australia
This is a national network of organisations working with schools to create safer and more inclusive environments for same sex-attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families. Phone (03) 9670 5436.
This is a peer support group for parents, siblings, extended family and/or friends of a trans person.
Australian Capital Territory
A Gender Agenda
This community organisation is actively engaged in increasing public awareness and understanding of sex and gender diversity issues. It provides training and education, advocacy and support services, information and resources. Phone (02) 6162 1924.
New South Wales
NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
This organisation promotes the legal rights of the NSW LGBTI community and lobbies politicians, government, policy-makers and the media on behalf of this community. Its website has information and updates on laws affecting same-sex parents.
This volunteer organisation provides a network of support to children and families within the NSW LGBTIQ community. It has information that can help same sex-attracted and gender-diverse people start their parenting journey, as well as information on legal rights and entitlements for diverse families.
The Gender Centre
The Gender Centre provides services to transgender, gender-questioning and gender-diverse people and their partners, family members and friends. Phone (02) 9519 7599.
Sisters and Brothers NT
This is an advocacy and support group for people of diverse gender, sex and sexuality in the Northern Territory.
This non-profit organisation has a peer-to-peer telephone and internet counselling service. Phone 1800 184 527, 3 pm-midnight, seven days a week.
Rainbow Families (QLD)
This volunteer group supports rainbow families and prospective rainbow families by offering information, resources and a community network.
Carrousel Club SA
This not-for-proft organisation offers a social, support and friendship network to all within the transgendered community of South Australia, as well as their partners, families and friends.
Uniting Communities Bfriend Facebook page
This is a phone, email and face-to-face support service for sexuality-diverse and gender-diverse people in South Australia. Phone (08) 8202 5190.
This volunteer organisation supports rainbow families and is dedicated to achieving and maintaining inclusion and equity for rainbow people in Tasmania. Phone 0412 931 974.
Working It Out
This organisation provides support, counselling, advocacy and peer support for people negotiating their gender, sexuality and/or intersex status in Tasmania. Phone (03) 6231 1200 or 0429 346 122.
GLHV is a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) policy and resource unit, dedicated to promoting the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Victorians. Phone (03) 9479 8760.
Rainbow Families Victoria
This volunteer community organisation supports and promotes equality for parents, carers and prospective parents who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, gender diverse or intersex, and their children.
This is a telephone counselling, information and referral service for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Victoria. Phone 1800 184 527, 3 pm-midnight, seven days a week.
This organisation educates other organisations and workplaces on how to provide better services for trans and gender diverse people. Phone (03) 9020 4642 (voicemail).
Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
This organisation works for and with the Victorian gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community to end discrimination and to achieve equality and social justice. Phone 0417 484 438.
This community service organisation provides support, information and resources to the LGBTI community of Western Australia. Phone (08) 9486 9855.