Dennis Altman becomes a GALFA Patron

We are thrilled to announce that Dennis Altman has accepted our invitation to become GALFA Patron. He has already supported GALFA through a generous donation to the homelessness project via the Assia Altman Fund, and has spoken at one of our Melbourne events about the importance of philanthropy by and for the LGBTI communities.

He is currently Professorial Fellow in the Institute for Human Security at LaTrobe University in Melbourne, and remains very active as an author and commentator on politics, gay rights and global HIV AIDS issues amongst many other topics. He was listed by The Bulletin as one of the 100 most influential Australians ever in 2006, and was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008.


The Channel becomes the first GALFA sub-fund

The Channel is a giving circle specifically for LGBTIQA causes. It is designed to encourage individuals to donate small amounts to a pooled fund, and then together to decide on a specific community program to donate to. The Channel was established by Georgia Mathews and launched in 2016. Initially Ian Gould and Ruth McNair met with Georgia to share our networks and knowledge, however it became clear that there was a natural fit with GALFA.

After considerable consultation with John Emerson, retired lawyer at Freehills; Trudy Wyse at the Australian Communities Foundation; and others in the field, we agreed that The Channel could become a sub-fund of GALFA. In this way, The Channel has access to a ready-made charitable DGR structure, and GALFA benefits from the injection of youthful enthusiasm and ideas. See



LGBTI Homelessness project update

The GALFA LGBTI homelessness project has completed the homelessness services interviews and secondary data analysis of Journeys Home, and is now in the midst of interviews with LGBTI people who have experienced homelessness.

We have received a $20,000 grant from Community Sector Banking to develop and pilot a trans model of care within homelessness services. This exciting project is a collaboration between Melbourne University, Launch Housing, Transgender Victoria and Drummond Street Services, led by Ruth McNair and Cal Andrews.

A trans community advisory group has met for the first time to inform the model of care. We are now working on a project website to be housed with the National LGBTI Health Alliance website.

Pictured: Anna Wark (Launch), Brenda Appleton (TGV), Chris Weston (Community Sector Banking), Ian Gould (GALFA), Cal Andrews (Uni Melb), Sally Goldner (TGV)

Front – Kate Foord (Drummond Street Services), Ruth McNair

Panel at AFL gay pride 13.8.16

GALFA the funding partner for St Kilda-Swans AFL Pride Match

The first AFL match dedicated to the LGBTI community was held at Etihad Stadium on 13 August 2016. GALFA was very pleased to have been selected as the funding partner by the St Kilda Football Club. A raffle at the pre-match dinner raised $1,106, and the post-match sale of the rainbow footy guernseys raised another $10,000. This money will go to GALFAs disability funding priority area.

This was a cultural change event, with a huge amount of work done by both clubs in the weeks before the match to develop positive attitudes towards LGBTI people within player and staff groups.

Jason Ball recently said that many LGBTI people reported attending the match – either being their first ever AFL match or the first for many years, and feeling comfortable to be themselves.


LGBTI Disability area update

Two projects have been approved:

  1. Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria has been commissioned to commence the LGBTIQ disability evidence building project. This work will include a literature review and secondary analysis of Private Lives 2 and the Rainbow Women’s help seeking Project.
  2. Arts Access Victoria has agreed to support the Development of a business plan for a web based social media platform for LGBTI people living with disability.

GALFA is now facilitating the establishment of a LGBTIQ disability Alliance to further advance this important work. The Broadtree Foundation has agreed to provide a further $15,000 over three years, and other funding is being sought.