A BROAD range of community representation at Wednesday’s LGBTI Roadshow was a great “sign of hope”, according to Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen.
Ms Allen is travelling across rural and regional Victoria with the pilot roadshow, working with local LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or intersex) communities, key stakeholders and allies, and conducting workshops, community dinners, performances and networking opportunities.
About 20 people attended Wednesday’s session in the Wangaratta Library community room, representing community health and church organisations, government departments and other local groups.
“It gives me a chance to talk about my role and what the Victorian government is doing for LGBTI equality,” Ms Allen said.
“Local people can talk about LGBTI inclusion, and about strategies for the future.”
Ms Allen said, based on what she had heard during local discussions, Wangaratta’s LGBTI community faced similar issues to those in centres like Mildura and Shepparton, including discrimination and feelings of isolation.
“It is up to service providers in our community to make sure there are signs of hope, that people understand they’re welcome, and their needs will be met,” she said.