ACON was established in 1985 as the AIDS Council of New South Wales (NSW) and works to end HIV transmission among gay and homosexually active men, and promote the lifelong health of LGBTI people and people with HIV.
Our head office is in Sydney, we have offices in five regional locations and we provide services throughout NSW.
ACON has facilities that adults and young people may be able to access. Their head office is in Sydney however regional offices may be able to provide local information for people outside of Sydney.
Twenty10 now incorporated the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Services (GSCS), and as such provides a number of services for people of all ages over 18. Services include telephone support and webchat through QLife as well as adult social support groups.
The Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) advocates on behalf of the lesbians and gay men. They provide referral and educative resources on gay and lesbian rights to the media, policy makers and the community.
The Gender Centre
The Gender Centre is an organisation that develops and provides services and activities to enhance the ability of transgender and gender diverse people to make informed choices. The Centre also assists in educating the families, friends, the public and other service providers about the needs of transgender and gender diverse people.
A factsheet for teachers dealing with transgender students can be accessed on their website.
headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing.
The services can be accessed through headspace centres or through their online counselling service eheadspace.
QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTI people. The project provides nation-wide, early intervention, peer supported telephone and web based services to diverse people of all ages experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, discrimination, experiences of being misgendered and/or other social determinants that impact on their health and wellbeing.
QLife counselling services include phone counselling (1800 184 527) and web chat services which are available 3pm – midnight, 7 days a week.
Twenty10 incorporating GLCS
Twenty 10 incorporating the gay and lesbian counselling service of NSW is a community based, non-profit state-wide organisation that works with and supports people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and communities. The organisation aims to create and nurture spaces where people feel and are safe, emotionally and physically. It provides a wide range of support services across New South Wales for people of all ages, including specialised services for young people.
Twenty10 can help young people who are under the age of 26 and identify as gay, lesbian bisexual, queer or transgender or are same-sex attracted, gender diverse or intersex access the support they may need. Support may be in the areas of case-management, counselling,
drop-in service, accommodation, groups, information and referrals as well as rural support.
Wear It Purple
Wear It Purple is a youth-led organisation that supports sexuality and gender diverse (i.e. “rainbow”) young people to be proud of who they are. The organisation believes that every young person is unique, important and worthy of love and believes no one should be subject to bullying, belittlement or invalidation: whoever you are.
The organisation also co-ordinates Wear It Purple Day- schools and workplaces can register their support and host an event to show their support of rainbow youth.