CREATING A BETTER WORLD THROUGH
EVENTSWe create epic events in Melbourne and Adelaide to provide a safe space to connect.
SUPPORTWe provide peer support through articles and interviews, and can answer questions you have about sexuality or gender.
WORKSHOPSWe'll come to your school or workplace and deliver relatable workshops that give you practical ways to support LGBTIQ people.
CAMPAIGNSReady to be a champion yourself? Our campaigns give you the tools you need to create a better world for LGBTIQ youth.
OUR REACHSince we started, Minus18 has helped more than:
65,000Youth through Events across Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.
14,100People who have attended education workshops and training.
242,000People who have received physical resources around Australia.
1,550,000People who have accessed support information online.
HOW WE DO IT
YOUTH EMPOWERING YOUTH
The best way to empower young people is for other young people to be the ones engaging with them. Everything we do puts youth voices at the forefront.
SOCIAL INCLUSION We tackle bullying and discrimination by creating spaces where LGBTIQ youth belong. 86% of young people engaged with Minus18 say we haved increased their self confidence.
HIGH IMPACTWe've been doing this for 18 years. 87% of young people who attended Minus18 report a positive improvement in their feelings of self and identity.
WHY OUR WORK IS NEEDED
Times Are ChangingLGBTIQ youth are more visible now than ever before and more and more are coming out. We're the young people at the forefront of this conversation, who live the experiences each and every day.
MORE WORK NEEDS DOING
75% of LGBTI young people in Australia still experience homophobic or transphobic abuse due to their identity.
80% of this abuse occurs at school.
As a result, LGBTI young people are 2x more likely to experience anxiety or depression and 3x more likely to attempt suicide.
Being in a small town, everyone knew everyone’s business. I knew I liked girls, and it was something I was really open about, and from about year 8 I copped a lot of shit.
In the change rooms at school, girls would be like, “Ew, Elyza don’t look at me” or I’d walk past a crowd of girls, and they’d yell out nasty things, like ‘dyke’. You know, that sort of stuff.
At 16, a friend introduced me to the Minus18 online community, where I had the chance to read about other people who were all going through the exact same things as me.
It was amazing. Instantly, things seemed to get easier. Life got easier. I thought “Wow this is something I want to get involved in”. It was incredible.
Growing up was a challenge. It was good to begin with, with a diverse community, and a lot of other first-generation immigrants like me.
But highschool was a bit more difficult. In Year 9 I was outed by a friend, who told the whole school that I was bisexual. It made everything difficult for me and I had to deal with that for at least 6 months.
The fact that I had made friends outside of school was one of the most supportive things, in the sense that there were other people in my life who were coming out at the same time, or who already had. They all had advice, and we could actually talk about it. Really that’s exactly what I needed at the time.
If it wasn’t for Minus18, I wouldn’t have known where to go; I would have been a pretty lonely kid. Honestly, I think I might have had to end up moving schools. It was tough, and I can’t imagine getting through it without Minus18.
THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
SAFETY AND ACCESSA common and very valid concern for parents is for the safety of their child attending a Minus18 event. Since we first started in 1998, Minus18 has not had a major critical incident. Our partner organisations and funding providers have seen the incredible, and most importantly, safe space we've been providing to young people for decades.
Our events are Government Funded, which means unlike other youth events, they're required to meet strict guidelines for child safety and inclusion.
SUPPORTING YOUR CHILDReading this is the first step! Hooray! So your child has just come out to you! Maybe they’ve told you they're not straight, or that they don’t identify with the gender they were assigned at birth. There are heaps of different ways people describe their sexual or gender identities, which we understand for some parents or guardians can be a little overwhelming.
Here are some easy ways to support your child
OUR HISTORYMinus18 has been supporting LGBTIQ youth for over 18 years. Our organisation has evolved quite a lot through this time, so here's a bit of a rundown on the history of the Minus18 Foundation.