rainbow tasmaniaThe Tasmanian Government has announced continued funding for its LGBTI Grants Program, providing $50,000 from the 2013- 14 state budget.

Tasmanian Minister for Community Development Cassy O’Connor told Budget Estimates last week that this funding represents the Tasmanian Government’s renewed commitment to supporting the LGBTI people in the state.

“Supporting the LGBTI community and tackling prejudice isn’t just about strong social policy, we also need to fund research that underpins good intervention strategies and policy.” said O’Connor.

“The program supports research and evidence-based projects that benefit the LGBTI community by helping to reduce discrimination and prejudice.”

O’Connor cited family violence in the LGBTI community as an under-researched area, and one that could be supported by grants from the program.

The LGBTI Grants Program was originally established in 2010 with an agreement of $50,000 funding annually over three years.

The program aims to fund initiatives that seek to increase Tasmanians’ acceptance of diversity, reduce discrimination and improve resilience in the LGBTI community.

In 2012-13, grants went to TasPride and Relationships Australia Tasmania, and to the University of Tasmania for research into aged care for LGBTI Tasmanians.

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