Relationships Australia recognises the wide diversity in human relationships and respects equally all types of relationships.
This includes the relationships experienced by LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender, intersex people and queer people.
LGBTIQ+ individuals and couples often have similar issues to everyone, but significant exceptions are the prejudice, marginalisation, bullying, and lack of acceptance, including emotional and physical abuse, experienced by many in the LGBTIQ+ community. These difficult challenges often began in childhood or adolescence and can play a major role in adult interpersonal struggles in one-on-one or in couple relationships
Our LGBTIQ+ counsellors are highly skilled and experienced in working with these very sensitive issues, and from their own experiences can identify and help with these concerns. They provide a safe, supportive environment for LGBTIQ+ couples and individuals to work on their relationship concerns as well as their own personal issues.
Healthy Tips for LGBTIQ+ People and Relationships
- Surround yourself with others who validate and affirm you and your relationships.
- Seek out supportive communities and professionals.
- Talk in a safe, supportive environment to learn different strategies regarding issues of communication, conflict resolution and intimacy.
Relationships Australia has trained counsellors and educators who are members of the LGBTIQ+ community. We are open at all times to any feedback that can be given by members of the LGBTIQ+ community to improve our services.