LGBTIQ+ group branch out for feedback

LGBTIQ: Members of the Port Pirie LGBTIQ+ community group. Back: Emma, Anthony, Suzanne, Susan and Julianne. Front: David, Ellenor, Elissa, Ifeta and Bernie.
LGBTIQ: Members of the Port Pirie LGBTIQ+ community group. Back: Emma, Anthony, Suzanne, Susan and Julianne. Front: David, Ellenor, Elissa, Ifeta and Bernie.

The Make Pirie LGBTIQ+ friendly group are hosting a meet and greet information session in order to expand their knowledge on what the community needs and wants are. 

The group will meet at the Port Football Club on Wednesday, March 20 from 6pm where community members are invited to attend the free barbecue and provide feedback to the group on what they can and should be doing in the community. 

One of members of the group David Boots says that the group has been actively promoting safety, security and friendliness to the LGBTIQ+ community through their sticker program but now they want to branch out further. 

"It is to meet other people who are in the same boat and to share things that you would like our committee to follow up. They could be ideas about discrimination in the community, they could be lack of support for same sex health. A whole wide variety that we haven't yet thought about," Mr Boots explained. 

"This opportunity is for people who are thinking 'I don't have a business' or 'I do identify or I think I might identify'." 

The group are encouraging all those who identify with the LGBTIQ+ community or are allies to come along. Mr Boots encourages those who are 'not out, to drop in'. 

"Come along, meet people, bring your straight friends, it is kid friendly and come and have fun and discuss things that you think are matters that the committee could look into." 

The group want to come away from the night with a fresh set of eyes and ears to help them go down new pathways. .

"We are a limited size group and that means our thinking is limited. There are thousands of people around the place with other ideas. We want to garner those ideas and give us some fresh things to work on and think about for the rest of the year."