VIC Comes Through For Multicultural LGBT Groups With First-Ever $500K Fund

Excuse me the rest of Australia, but Victoria may just be the superior state. Sorry, everyone. Sorry, it’s true.

In an Australian first, the VIC Government has allocated more than $500,000 in funding to nine culturally diverse LGBTQIA communities and organisations, making them the inaugural recipients of the state’s LGBT multicultural grants.
The aim of the grants, according to Minister for Multicultural Affairs Robin Scott, is to provide these communities and organisations with the extra support they need to ensure young LGBTQIA Aussies live free from discrimination.

“Sexual and gender diversity is found amongst people of all faith and backgrounds, and just as we respect and celebrate cultural and religious diversity, we respect the diversity of gender and sexuality in our community,”
 he said. 

The grant recipients include Muslims for Progressive Values, La Trobe University, North Richmond Community Health Centre, the Greek Welfare Society (PRONIA), the Australian GLBTQ Multicultural Council, Switchboard Victoria, Drummond Street Services, Marhaba, and JOY 94.9.

Victoria’s Minister for Equality Martin Foley said that “strong communities should value and celebrate a range of differences.”

“There should be no barrier to diverse genders and sexualities being counted and celebrated as part of our diverse multicultural community.”

Onya, VIC.

Source: Star Observer.

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