Minister for Equality media release 27 April 2016.
An Australian first Pride Centre is the centrepiece of the Andrews Labor Government’s continued investment in services and facilities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Victorians.
A total of $15 million will go towards the Pride Centre, which will showcase LGBTI art and history, co-locate LGBTI advisory, health and support services, and feature community spaces which will provide a safe environment for LGBTI Victorians to meet and socialise.
It will be bigger than a similar centre in San Francisco and will attract Australian and international tourists.
The final design, location and timeframe for the establishment of the Pride Centre will be agreed in consultation with the LGBTI community. The $29 million package also includes:
The funding boost cements the Government’s commitment to LGBTI equality, building on initiatives such as the creation of Victoria’s first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, an LGBTI Taskforce and a program of reform to remove discrimination from Victoria’s laws and services.
It comes ahead of the formal historic State apology to the LGBTI community in Parliament on 24 May 2016 for those convicted under unjust and prejudiced laws against homosexual acts.
Quotes attributed to the Minister for Equality Martin Foley
“The Pride Centre is long overdue and will attract people from across Victoria, Australia, and the world.”
“It will be a great gathering place for the LGBTI community and allow for much greater collaboration between services and community organisations.”
Quotes attributed to the Minister for Minister for Health, Jill Hennessy
“We know people have been waiting too long to access specialised gender dysphoria services. This extra funding will ensure people can access these important services sooner.”
“We’re making sure that transgender and gender diverse people get the treatment and care they need and deserve.”