Support services for Western Sydney’s GLBTIQ community will receive a much-needed boost from March 3 when the Open Door Community of Christ, in collaboration with members of the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service, launches a coming-out group. The group is targeted at same-sex attracted men and women in the Penrith area.

“A coming-out group in Western Sydney is desperately needed. GLBTIQ services in Western Sydney are underfunded and erratic, leaving too many people in our community socially isolated and alone. Our new monthly coming-out group will help change that,” Open Door pastor Sue Palmer said.

Volunteers trained by the counselling service will facilitate the group. Sessions are free, non-religious, and welcoming to anyone having difficulties because of their sexual orientation.

The Open Door, a GLBTIQ congregation of the Community of Christ located in Cranebrook, will sponsor a free legal information night for the GLBTIQ community at Penrith City library in April. The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and two solicitors from community legal centres will be present.

The Open Door meets every Sunday at 6pm in Laycock St, Cranebrook.

info: Visit www.theopendoor.org.au or email wscomingout@optusnet.com.au

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