Sexuality and gender

Beyond Blue celebrates the strength, resilience and diversity of LGBTIQ+ communities. We believe that the recognition that marriage equality is an issue of equity was an important step towards improving the mental health of LGBTIQ+ people. Beyond Blue is proud to celebrate diversity and to have stood up for equality in our community.

We continue to advocate for non-discriminating communities, systems, policies and institutions, because we know discrimination can lead to mental health conditions and suicide. Marriage equality isn’t the end of the journey for LGBTIQ+ communities – so we’re going to keep advocating for change.

  1. Sean's coming out experience: Self-loathing, depression and embracing love
    It's like, each time I said the words, "I am gay" to someone in my life, this weight just kept lifting off my shoulders.
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Throughout this website lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) and bodily, gender, and sexuality diverse people and communities are referred to with the acronym LGBTIQ+. We recognise that there are distinct differences across the individual identities and bodily states in these communities and a wide range of diversity.


Trans is being used here as an umbrella term to cover a diverse range of experiences of sex and gender and ways of describing oneself such as trans, transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, gender questioning etc.

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