Supports for LGBTQ+ people

LGBTQ+ people
LGBTQ+ rainbow

LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning.

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Lesbian means women who are attracted to other women.

Two men holding hands

Gay means men who are attracted to other men.

A man and a woman hugging sitting down.

Bisexual means people who are attracted to both men and women.


Transgender refers to people who are now a different gender to the one that they were given when they were born.

Person confused

Questioning is if you feel that you might not be heterosexual but you are not sure.

Two people in a relationship

A heterosexual person is


  • A woman who is attracted to men




  • A man who is attracted to women
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For more information about LGBTQ+ people go to

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Below are services and supports for LGBTQ+ people.

Mental health words

There is a lot of information.


Some words can be hard to understand.

Talking to someone you trust

You can ask someone to read this information with you.

Reading together in a group

Family Planning NSW has a Sexuality and Disability Service.

The sessions are included in your NDIS plan.

For more information go to


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Family Planning NSW also has Easy Read information about


  • Relationships


  • Sexual health


  • Sexual identity
Two people in a relationship

A relationship is a type of connection you have with a person you enjoy spending time with.

Person holding Easy Read

CHANGE has an Easy Read guide on being LGBTQ+.


CHANGE is a group that is not in Australia but the information might still be helpful.

For more information go to

LGBTQ+ rainbow

Twenty10 helps people in NSW between 12 and 25 years old who identify as LGBTQ+.


For more information about Twenty10 go to

Communicating with a health worker

Twenty10 has services for everyone, not just people with intellectual disability.


Twenty10 provides counselling.


Counselling is when you chat with workers about


  • Issues in your life


  • Ways you can fix these issues
Support bubble

Twenty10 also provides


  • Support for social skills


  • Mental health support
Person pointing to themself

Mental health is about


  • How you think


  • How you feel
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QLife is a chatline that provides free LGBTQ+ peer support and referrals.


A referral is when someone suggests you see a worker who can support you.

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You can


  • Call QLife on 1800 184 527 between 3pm and 12am midnight every day


Communicating with a health worker

Relationships and Private Stuff has counselling and education to support you.


Their services can be included in your NDIS plan.


For more information about Relationships and Private Stuff go to





Sydney Queer and Disability Community is a group on Facebook that raises awareness for LGBTQ+ people with disability.


For more information about the community group go to

Speaking up

Rainbow Rights and Advocacy is a self-advocacy group.


A self-advocate is someone who speaks up for themselves.


Rainbow Rights and Advocacy is run by and for LGBTQ+ people with intellectual disability.


For more information go to

Screen capture of the Wordlist on the Intellectual Disability Mental Health Connect website.

There are some tricky words on this Easy Read page.


For more information about these words go to