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Demand for the service has increased over the past four years, including a 20 per cent rise in 2017-18 alone.
“For over 28 years Switchboard Victoria has been connecting LGBTI communities and we are excited to be taking this further with the Victorian Government’s support.”
“Trans and gender diverse people have a long connection to this location as various TGD groups would hold formal committee meetings and casual gatherings at Monroe’s”
The federal government has now committed to providing Switchboard with $122,500 for its Out and About program, enabling the organisation to fund 65 volunteer positions.
“The loss of funding has meant that we are no longer able to meet our service targets of 65 recipients and instead are struggling to visit just 27 recipients.”
Writing for the Star Observer, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews champions the state’s Australian-first ban on the “cruel practice” of gay conversion therapy.
“We are horrified to hear about funding cuts to Switchboard Victoria, who provide a crucial service to our isolated aged and ageing members of the LGBTIQ+ communities”