Monday, 18 May 2015

Commission welcomes State Government funding of Val's Cafe for LGBTI Seniors

The Commission welcomes the State Government's decision to provide $402,000 funding to Val's Cafe, a program that promotes the health, well-being and social inclusion of older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. 

Val’s Café was a Melbourne coffee lounge that became a gay-friendly meeting place in the early 1950s. The cafe was named after proprietor Val Eastwood who said the cafe was a place where people “could be themselves and feel as if they were at home”. Established in 2009, in honour of this cafe, the Val's Cafe project  aimed to work with aged-care facilities and help providers understand the histories and experiences of their older LGBTI clients.

The announcement to fund Val's Cafe was made by the Minister for Equality, Martin Foley on Saturday, a day before the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on Sunday.

The project conducts ground-breaking research and provides the latest information on LGBTI health and well-being to the aged care sector through publications, professional development training, awareness events, monthly newsletters, partnerships with key peak bodies, and direct support to LGBTI seniors.

For more information visit Val's Cafe

The Labor Government is also establishing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Taskforce, with a dedicated Health and Human Services Working Group and a Justice Working Group.

Victorians are encouraged  to submit expressions of interest to join the Taskforce and working groups, which will advise the Government on key issues affecting LGBTI Victorians and help guide the equality policy agenda.

Expressions of interest are now open and close on June 7. More information can be found on the DPC website.