We recognise that all individuals and caring situations are unique.
Who do you care for?
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) carers care for and support a variety of people including friends, ‘family of choice’ and biological family. Carers Queensland provides a range of services to support all carers.
We are committed to:
Affirming the dignity of LGBTI people’s sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status and relationships
Freedom from discrimination – ensuring LGBTI clients and potential clients do not encounter discrimination in our workplaces
Access and equity – through the provision of LGBTI inclusive policies, programs and services.
About LGBTI carers
LGBTI carers also come from all walks of life, with diverse life experiences and religious, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. There are distinct communities within the broader LGBTI community.
Between 15 and 30 per cent of LGBTI people are currently in a caring role.
The caring role
In LGBTI communities, primary support may come from ‘family of choice’ rather than biological family members.
Older LGBT people will often rely on partners and friend carers.
Lesbians, bisexual and transsexual women spend more time in the caring role than other groups.
Some LGBTI people may be expected to take on a caring role for a biological family member because they are viewed as being ‘single’.
Challenges for LGBTI carers
Some LGBTI people may avoid seeking services for fear of discrimination. When they do access services, they may not disclose sexuality, gender identity or intersex status for the same reason.
Other challenges faced by LGBTI carers include:
Juggling life and/or work with their caring role
Financial disadvantages and limited opportunities for work
Stress and mental health impacts
Access to affordable inclusive services
Lack of recognition of their identity, experiences and relationships
The carer role being “invisible” within some LGBTI communities.
Policy submissions and reports
Carers Queensland engages with relevant research projects to ensure we can best advocate on behalf of LGBTI carers. We do this by making policy and pre-budget submissions every year, and through our annual Quality of Life Survey.
In 2017, we launched a survey to find out more about the LGBTI community’s experience of accessing social and health support services.