LGTBIQ+ Victorians will be able to access safe, tailored and non-discriminatory services through the State's landmark new legal service opening at the Victorian Pride Centre.
Coinciding with International Transgender Day of Visibility, Fitzroy Legal Service was awarded a contract to establish and run a specialist legal service Q+ Law with $1.6 million from the Victorian Budget 2022/23.
Q+Law is a partnership between Fitzroy Legal Service (FLS) and Queerspace underpinned by FLS’ significant experience and expertise as an accredited community legal centre and in supporting LGBTIQ+ Victorians.
The service will provide LGBTIQ+ Victorians with in-person and remote legal advice and services from trained legal professionals who understand their needs.
LGBTIQ+ Victorians will have access to services to address the issues commonly faced by their communities, such as discrimination, unfair dismissal and change of name or gender, family violence and family law.
The service is expected to launch in June and will also provide community legal education, training and resources to help Victorians understand their rights and enable individuals to advocate for themselves.
Legal professionals will also have the opportunity to upskill and learn more about the complex legal needs faced by the LGBTIQ+ community to better address their unique legal needs related to discrimination.
This new service is part of the government’s broader efforts to drive inclusion and equality for LGBTIQ+ Victorians through its 10-year plan, Pride in our Future: Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ Strategy 2022-32 (External link).