LGBTIQA+ communities

We celebrate the diversity of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, queer, asexual plus (LGBTIQA+) communities and embrace the opportunity to always learn from each other. Towards the end of 2022, we are embarking on a twelve month LGBTIQA+ immersion program for all of the Roses in the Ocean team.

The impact of suicide on LGBTIQA+ communities

The risk of suicide is elevated in the LGBTIQA+ community due to growing up in, at times, hostile school and home environments, experiences of homophobia and transphobia, discrimination and exclusion in workplaces, difficulty finding appropriate and affirming healthcare, and other challenges. Lived experience of suicide in the LGBTIQA+ community can be made more complex by stigmatising public commentary, social isolation, identity formation, having an Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander or culturally diverse background, or from exposure to multiple suicides in the community over time.

Resources for the LGBTIQA+ community

We are fully committed to creating a welcoming, supportive and safe environment that is inclusive of all races, genders, ages, sexualities, cultures, religions, politics and lifestyles.

Welcome – you belong here.

LGBTIQA+ Attempt Survivor Action Group

During 2020, we established a LGBTIQA+ Suicide Attempt Action Group for a period of twelve months. The group met regularly and contributed to a number of our activities. For example, the action group recorded a True Colours Advocacy webinar offering diverse, inclusive, visible and empathetic voices for change.

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Roses in the Ocean continues to work with members of our Lived Experience Collective, the LGBTIQA+ community and industry colleagues to create resources for individuals who are or have experienced suicidal crisis or made an attempt on their life.
















Roses in the Ocean at Brisbane Pride Festival Fair Day, 2022

Pictured here is team member, Julia with Lived Experience Collective member, Grace.

Suggested Resources

Roses Radio with Clare

In this Roses Radio podcast, Clare shares the stories and…

Feb 21 2022, 5.43am
LGBTIQA+ , roses radio , stigma , suicidal thoughts , suicide attempt , transgender
Roses Radio with Mark

In this Roses Radio podcast, Mark shares the stories and…

Feb 21 2022, 5.15am
bereaved , LGBTIQA+ , men , roses radio , stigma
In the nick of time

I was rudely interrupted by an angel while arranging my…

Mar 21 2022, 4.01am
hope , LGBTIQA+ , suicidal thoughts , suicide attempt , transgender
My journey of suicidal crisis

… was over a twenty-five-year period. The main theme was…

Mar 21 2022, 6.29am
LGBTIQA+ , men , suicidal thoughts , suicidality

External Resources

Switchboard - Charlee LGBTIQA+ Suicide Prevention Hub

ACON’s Digital Suicide Prevention Hub

Beyond Blue - LGBTQI People

Open Minds - LGBTQI Support

QLife anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people in Australia

Reachout – LGBTQIA+ support service

Switchboard Victoria and Tasmania

Let's Talk About Suicide - Joy FM

LGBTIQ People Talk About Their Experiences Accessing Health Care