$30,000 for LGBTI

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

TWO West Perth or­gan­i­sa­tions will re­ceive $30,000 each to sup­port the LGBTI dur­ing the same sex mar­riage sur­vey.

WA AIDS Coun­cil will use the money, supplied by the State Gov­ern­ment, to de­liver in­creased men­tal health aware­ness and sup­port and Liv­ing Proud will be able to un­der­take health pro­mo­tion and train­ing specif­i­cally for LGBTI peo­ple.

Men­tal Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said the sur­vey process meant the LGBTI com­mu­nity was be­ing forced to ex­pe­ri­ence a hurt­ful and cruel cam­paign.

“The LGBTI com­mu­nity ex­pe­ri­ence higher rates of men­tal health is­sues than the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion, and this is due in part to ex­pe­ri­ences of dis­crim­i­na­tion and ex­clu­sion,” he said.

Any­one need­ing sup­port can call Life­line on 13 11 14.

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