QHub: New safe space opens to empower LGBTIQA+ youth in Geelong and Surf Coast

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QHub: New safe space opens to empower LGBTIQA+ youth in Geelong and Surf Coast

Words by Staff Writer

QHub aims to create safe spaces for LGBTIQA+ young people in Victoria.

A new sanctuary has opened in Geelong aimed at providing vital support and fostering connections for young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer, and asexual (LGBTIQA+) individuals and their families.

Led by Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, on behalf of Minister for Equality, Harriet Shing, the inauguration of QHub Geelong marks the establishment of a nurturing haven for young LGBTIQA+ residents in Geelong, the Surf Coast, and surrounding regions.

Stay up to date with what’s happening in and around the region here.

Co-created in collaboration with local youths, QHub Geelong strives to enhance inclusivity and bolster mental well-being for LGBTIQA+ individuals up to the age of 25 across regional Victoria.

Situated in the heart of Geelong’s central district, the refurbished site joins the ranks as the second QHub following the successful launch of QHub Ballarat last year.

In addition to its online services, QHub’s physical hubs serve as focal points, offering access to tailored mental health support, avenues for social interaction, and activities promoting overall well-being.


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The Labor Government’s investment of $3.2 million has facilitated the establishment of both QHubs, ensuring that young LGBTIQA+ individuals in western Victoria have access to essential support services.

QHub is a government-funded initiative in partnership with Drummond Street Services Queerspace, Wellways, and Cafs Ballarat, aiming to address the mental health and social connection needs of LGBTIQA+ youth.

Victoria’s pioneering LGBTIQA+ strategy, Pride in our Future, recognises the critical importance of expanding mental health support and fostering safe spaces for regional LGBTIQA+ youth to enhance their mental health and overall well-being.

The name “QHub” was democratically chosen by 350 LGBTIQA+ youths and officially revealed on Wear It Purple Day 2023.

According to Minister for Equality, Harriet Shing, “QHub Geelong will give young LGBTIQA+ Victorians from across the region the safe space they need and deserve.

“Young members of our rainbow communities and their families in regional areas deserve to have access to the best LGBTIQA+ supports and opportunities, and this new safe space in Geelong is about creating just that.”

Minister for Mental Health, Ingrid Stitt, highlights the significance of providing targeted mental health and well-being support closer to home, a key objective of Victoria’s Pride in our Future strategy.

QHub Geelong is located at 47 Yarra Street in central Geelong.

Find out more about QHub here. Or call 03 9663 6733 for more info.