Dr Martens 1461 Pride Boot Supporting Pride Foundation Australia

In February of this year, we received an email from Accent Group with a proposed partnership between Pride Foundation Australia and Dr Martens in the anticipation of their recently released 1461 PRIDE Smooth Boot. The team at Dr Martens have kindly pledged $10 from every sale of their 1461 PRIDE Smooth Boot to Pride Foundation Australia through until the end of June.

Rather than timing this release in line with one of the many LGBTQIA+ focused events throughout the year, Dr Martens have released the new boot on their own schedule alongside the message “Proud all year round, not just for a day.”

“At Dr. Marten’s, we stand proud with the LGBTQ+ community. This new one-off shoe pays tribute to the Pride movement with rainbow flag embroidery and a rainbow lace and heel loop, as well as multi-coloured tonal stitching through the uppers.”

Thank you Accent Group and Dr Martens!


PFA has a brand new website!

After many months of work, we’re excited to share our brand new website with you. The intention behind this redesign is to bring our website into contemporary digital marketing practices, as well as to provide easier access to information about our work – be it current grant roundsour history or any new ways we may expand upon this platform.

A true source of pride that has resulted from this redesign is our new page dedicated to recording Pride Foundation Australia’s ongoing impact to Australian LGBTQIA+ communities. This provides up-to-date information on the source of our funds and how we spend them, as well as various metrics such as the number of grant applications received and the location of our successful small grants. Pride Foundation Australia has been in operation for ten years this year (formerly under the name GALFA), and while we have brought about real systemic change throughout the years, only now have we created a space to reflect upon our work as a whole.

PFA Chairperson Ruth McNair says, “A huge thanks to Penny Wilson, our marketing officer, for completely overhauling our website. It is now much easier to find various reports from our funded projects, divided according to focus area. Scattered through the site are vignettes about our various grant recipients showing some fabulous outcomes from our grants. Please have a look when you have a minute, and send us feedback anytime about anything else we can do to improve the site.”


Introducing PFA’s Round 1 Small Grant Recipients for 2021

Since 2016 to this point, we’ve awarded 72 small grants of up to $500 to grassroots organisations and LGBTQIA+ community groups across Australia. In 2021, we’ve decided to change up our Small Grants program to offer up to $750, in the hope that our small grants can affect greater change at a community level.

Please join us in celebrating our latest round of Small Grant recipients, the first for 2021.


Captivate The Future

Captivate the Future is a public speaking competition that aims to empower students to share their story and change their future. The Pride Foundation grant will provide prize money to establish the “Hannah Ivy Pride Foundation Prize,” a public speaking competition to honour the memory of Hannah Ivy, a transgender advocate who passed away in 2020. 

Welcome Change Media

Welcome Change Media is a self-funded startup podcast company that makes inclusive, diverse, empowering content. They are currently in the set up phase of the business and their grant will support projects they have planned to kick off their first year.

The Shed

The Shed are a Melbourne based support group for trans masculine people and their allies. They are the only free binder provider in Australia with no waiting list, and the awarded grant will support those participants who are unable to donate to cover the cost of postage, and to support people who have difficult-to-fit sizing by supplementing their donations with some new binders.

Kununurra Pride Weekend

Kununurra Pride Weekend is an annual pride event in August in the remote town of Kununurra in Western Australia. This event provides strong support particularly for young Aboriginal people who are at such high risk of suicide and live in such gender conforming communities. Pride Foundation Australia has awarded the event $500 that will cover costs including transport of entertainers, story times, make up tutorials etc. for their upcoming event.

Casey Rainbow Community

Casey Rainbow Community is a group for LGBTQIA+ people in the City of Casey and surrounds, working to improve inclusion and connections within the community. This grant provided financial support for their recent Rainbow Community Picnic event at Midsumma Festival. The event aimed to raise the visibility of BIPOC and transgender community in City of Casey and create connections and conversations towards future actions and positive outcomes.

Chopt Logic

Chopt Logic is a performance ensemble specialising in creating visually stunning physical theatre. Our Blood Runs in the Street is Chopt Logic’s new verbatim physical theatre production inspired by Bondi’s gay and transgender hate crimes of the late 20th century, which has been invited to Brisbane for a two-week season at Metro Arts. The awarded grant will go towards artists fees for this season.


Pride Foundation Australia & Aurora Group Grant Round Announcement

The PFA Board of Directors and the Aurora Group are very pleased to announce the successful applicant to our inaugural grant round.

Different Journeys – for their project Building Bridges between Autism and LGBTQI Communities

Different Journeys is an autistic peer support group based in Melbourne.

Using the grant, they will employ LGBTQI+/Autism community members to attend their events as leaders, mentors and ambassadors. The mentors will mingle with all participants and families and make the events an even safer and more inclusive space for the LGBTQI+ community. They will educate participants about LBGTQI issues and provide LBGTQI information, support and referral. They will also aim to raise awareness about issues impacting on the LBGTQI ASD community.

We congratulate Different Journeys.


Join Us: What LGBTIQA+ people with disability are saying in 2021

Join the Pride Foundation Australia and Deakin University for highlights of Pride Foundation’s granting program, including launch of the More Than Ticking a Box 2021 report. The world-first qualitative study on the lived experiences of LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities, led by Deakin’s Dr Amie O’Shea, Lecturer in Disability and Inclusion.

We will showcase projects and research which will provide information and practical support for you, your organisation and LGBTIQA+ people with disabilities in Australia.

Please join us for this important event.

Thursday, 4 March 2021

4pm—5pm AEST

Free Zoom webinar

Register for the event here.


Congratulations to our Small Grants Recipients Round 4 2020

We’re proud to announce the recipients of our SMF Grants round for December 2020. Read below to find out a little more about the businesses and communities that were awarded this round, and what their grant money is funding.

Nambucca Valley Youth Services Centre

Nambucca Valley Youth Services Centre is a vibrant youth friendly service with a high success in youth intervention, vocational training and youth employment programs. Nambucca Youth Services Inc. would like to support our newly established LetsBeeGay Youth group to continue with their fortnightly meetings/gatherings. The group is supported by the Youthie, a mentor, and local services. The funds will contribute to purchasing additional art-craft items and catering.

Naughty Noodle Fun Haus

Naughty Noodle Fun Haus is a continually evolving Arts & Entertainment organisation established in 2018 as an intentional cause, culture and creativity led initiative that fosters transformation, builds inclusion, promotes diversity and creates dialogue across our Central Coast region. The NNFH will be using the grant money to bring the local community together on days of significance including Mardis Gras, IDAHOBIT, Pride Month, Wear It Purple Day and RU OK Day, to foster social interaction, awareness, visibility and to encourage participation of diverse backgrounds within the local community.

Unfit for Publication (UFP)

Unfit for Publication (UFP) is a unique and important record of NSW’s homosexual past. UFP will be using the funding to purchase web hosting and domain-name rental over a two year period as they transition the project to a more secure longer term future.

A Modern Gay’s Guide

A Modern Gay’s Guide is Australia & New Zealand’s only LGBTIQ+ youth/young adult focused pop-culture, news and events online publication. A Modern Gay’s Guide will be using their grant to renew their domains and SSL security to ensure users on the site are secure and safe, and remaining funds will go towards producing a further five or so articles for their readers.


Stride provide services to support people at all stages of their mental health journey, from early intervention services, designed to support children, young people and adults at-risk of developing mental health conditions, to services for people with ongoing and complex needs. The PFA Small Grant will go towards marketing, graphic design and printing for their new LGBTQIA+ youth program Out Social. Out Social aims to meet the needs of Waggas LGBTQIA+ community members of all identities by providing access to a space where they can feel accepted in their identity and access support with confidence.


Pride Foundation Australia Won A Globe Award!

We are proud to announce that Pride Foundation Australia won the GLOBE LGBTIQ award for building community connections – for our work with queer people with disabilities.

PFA are pleased to receive this on behalf of Ian Gould, Ruby Mountford, Jake Lewis, Jax Jacqui Brown, Margherita Coppolino. This award is a testament of how far we have come in the past five years.


Our Successful Launch Of The Housing And Homelessness Inclusivity Guide

The online launch of the LGBTIQ guide for housing and homelessness services on 30 October was very successful. PFA co-hosted the launch with the National LGBTI Health Alliance, attended by 90 people from all over Australia.

After a heartfelt welcome to country by Yvonne Weldon, the Honourable Warren Entsch MP launched the guide, and co-author Cal Andrews gave a summary of the content. Jenny Smith, chairperson of Homelessness Australia endorsed its importance in training the sector. Susan Farrar from Twenty10 (NSW) and Dani Wright from Perth emphasised the need for LGBTI inclusion in services, and Syrena reminded us how important it is to feel safe to be yourself when accessing support.


Funding Available for Refugee-led Peer Support Groups

Pride Foundation Australia is seeking applications from existing or new peer-led support groups for LGBTIQA+ refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. We particularly encourage groups in smaller cities and regional areas to apply.

Up to $5,000 (no GST) is available for each group to be used over a 12-month period.