PFA receives a Victorian Government grant to enhance our fundraising capacity

Pride Foundation Australia have been awarded a $40,000 grant from the Victorian Government under the LGBTIQ+ Organisational Development Grants Program.

We are very pleased to use this welcome grant to up-skill our team on contemporary fundraising methods with the guidance of fundraising expert Eric Cheng, as well as to improve our communications with our donors.

A significant opportunity this grant affords us is the ability to produce a digital stories series to highlight outcomes of our past grant recipients.

Receiving this grant also means that we can reserve funds received from our donors and sponsors for our giving program.


Migrant Resources Centre Tasmania awarded PFA x Sidney Myer Fund Major Grant Round 1, 2021

The PFA Board of Directors and Sidney Myer Fund are proud to announce that Migrant Resources Centre Tasmania is the successful applicant of our first major grant round of 2021.

Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and empowers migrants and refugees to settle and live fulfilling lives in Tasmania.

The Migrant Resource Centre in Tasmania will develop a resource for LGBTIQ+ refugees and asylum seekers on their human and legal rights, and how to access support services. This resource will be innovative using audio files as well as written materials and will be translated into 15 languages.

It will be co-designed with team members from LGBTIQ peak Working It Out and the AGMC. It will improve cultural awareness of refugees within Working It Out and of LGBTIQ issues within the MRC Tas.

Congratulations, Migrant Resources Centre Tasmania!


Meet our four new board members

We’re incredibly happy to introduce you to four new board members of Pride Foundation Australia. Each new board member brings with them a unique set of skills that will serve to improve our work and our impact. Please join us in welcoming Peter Waters, Olivia Hogarth, Alison King and Issac Hohaia, and learn all about them below.

Peter Waters

Peter is widely recognised internationally as one of the world’s leading telecommunications lawyers.

Prior to joining Gilbert+Tobin, Peter worked in a Washington DC law firm on international trade and tax issues, as a consultant to the Commonwealth Minister for Social Security on the design of child support scheme, as a law reform officer at the Australian Law Reform Commission, as a clinical education tutor at the University of New South Wales and as Associate to Justice Elizabeth Evatt, Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia.

Peter was the sponsor of Gilbert+Tobin’s LGBTIQ+ group. He organised the marriage equality campaign in his home town Murwillumbah, and featured in a program run by the Tweed Museum Small Town Queer.

Peter chairs the Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation and is a director of the Asylum Seeker Centre. He is co-chair of a working group established by the Federal Government to review promoting digital technologies in Australia agriculture.

Olivia Hogarth

Olivia is currently combining her background in education, and her passion for connection and belonging for LGBTIQA+ people, in her role as Community Engagement and Learning Coordinator at Working It Out, Tasmania’s gender, sexuality and intersex status support and education service.

Olivia is also the project officer for the Aged Care Navigator Trial’s Tasmanian LGBTI Community Hub, and LGBTIQ+ Inclusion in Sport. Olivia has previously volunteered on the TasPride committee, and continues to co-ordinate their annual Pride Parade and Party in the Park.

She currently sits on the Tasmanian Whole of Government Reference Group and the board of Equality Tasmania.

Alison King

Alison is a governance professional specialising in corporate governance, compliance and risk management in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

She is currently the SEO of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine, as well as having held governance roles at Myer Family Investments, David Jones and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

She has been an active volunteer in the LGBTQIA community, having been involved with the Ankali Project, ACON, Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, Mardi Gras, Chillout Festival, and the Aurora Group, where she was Chair from 2015 to 2018 and awarded life membership.

Isaac Hohaia

Isaac is a rural generalist, general practitioner, anaesthetist, medical administrator and is the Director of Medical Services for several Queensland Hospitals. Isaac’s special interests include improving healthcare and healthcare delivery to LGBTIQ Australians living in rural and remote areas and to Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

Isaac has previously spent several years as a general practitioner in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and with the Royal Flying Doctor service based in Alice Springs. Isaac has served on the board of the Gay Auckland Business Association and formed the Derby (Kimberley, WA) rainbow youth mentoring group.

Isaac and his husband live with their two children in Kingaroy Queensland.


Thank you for helping us raise $43,534.02 in June!

At the beginning of June, we launched our end of financial year GiveNow fundraising campaign with the target of raising $30,000 by the end of the month.

The response we received throughout this campaign was overwhelming, with many businesses and individuals tagging us across social media about their fundraising efforts for our cause. Donations flooded in from all corners and through a number of channels – not just our dedicated EOFY fundraiser through GiveNow, but also our general donations appeal page on GiveNow, as well as some direct donations.

Together, we have raised $43,534.02 in June.

Thank you to everyone who donated to this campaign and to those whose donations are still rolling in off the back of fundraising activities throughout July, as well. We have achieved almost 150% of our original goal.

The money you have donated will go towards funding projects that support the most vulnerable LGBTQIA+ communities in Australia – in particular, LGBTQIA+ migrants, asylum seekers and refugees living in Australia.

We look forward to sharing the results of this fundraising over the coming months.

Finally, a big shout out to the members of Many Coloured Sky’s Queer Refugee and Asylum Seeker Peers group who appeared in our video campaign, and also a huge thank you to Tatanja and Oliver from On Jackson Street for their fantastic videography work.


Congratulations to Jax Jacki Brown for their inclusion on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021

We want to congratulate our colleague and friend of Pride Foundation Australia, Jax Jacki Brown for their inclusion on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2021.

Jax has been involved with Pride Foundation Australia over the past six years as a member of our LGBTQIA+ Disability Advisory Committee, among the many other admirable projects they have undertaken with regard to LGBTQIA+ and disability advocacy.

This award is a wonderful recognition of Jax’s enduring work for queer and disabled communities over the years.

Congratulations, Jax.


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.