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The City of Canterbury Bankstown has joined forces with the Canterbury Community Drug Action Team, to establish a local support group for youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA).
City of Canterbury Bankstown Mayor, Khal Asfour, said the group is meeting over an eight-week period to raise awareness of the support services available to the local LGBTIQA community.
"Participants also have the opportunity to interact with health professionals and counsellors, who specifically work with young LGBTIQA people and understand the challenges they face," Mayor Asfour said.
"The group is providing a positive and supportive network for local young people."
Mayor Asfour said he was proud of the support Council already provided the LGBTIQA community and the establishment of this new group is an important next step.
"Every year, we host a consultation session for members of the LGBTIQA where their needs, issues impacting them and ideas are discussed," Mayor Asfour said.
"The outcomes feed into our annual social planning for the City and the development of projects to support members of the LGBTIQA community, which are funded through our annual Community Grants Program.
"Council also provides a fair and equitable workplace, which complies with anti-discrimination legislation."
This week, the group will meet for the second time, to discuss identity, labels and transitioning, followed by a look into mental health and physical wellbeing, and how to cope with anxiety and depression.
For more information, or to register, call 9718 9848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
2/11/2017 11:48 AM