The Need

The Need for Pride Foundation

LGBTQIA+ people in Australia face significant disadvantage and vulnerability, being more likely to experience discrimination, violence and abuse, and social exclusion. Mental and physical health and wellbeing impacts are significant.

  • LGBTQIA+ Australians experience more mental health problems due to discrimination, abuse and violence, and marginalisation.
  • LGBTQIA+ Australians are less likely to access health services because they fear or have experienced discrimination from these services.
  • LGBTQIA+ Australians with disabilities are at any even greater disadvantage than others with disability.
  • LGBTQIA+ Australians are twice as likely to experience homelessness in their lifetime.
  • LGBTQIA+ communities see little of their culture or creativity reflected in visual, literary, or performing arts; in addition, LGBTQIA artists, performers and producers have limited dedicated funding sources.
Not Enough Funding in the LGBTQIA+ Community

Despite the efforts of Pride Foundation and others, a recent ACNC report on grant-making charities noted that the LGBTQIA+ sector is still grossly underfunded, with less than 1% of philanthropic grants being directed to this area. 

In much of the philanthropic sector, LGBTQIA+ groups are not specifically noted as an area of disadvantage, but instead grouped into the more mainstream category of ‘disadvantage’. The specific needs of the community are not recognised or addressed.

Pride Foundation Australia is one of a small number of philanthropic organisations specifically focussed on increasing funding for the LGBTQIA+ community.

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