Marrickville Council strongly supports diversity and the benefits it brings to the local community. Marrickville is made up of communities where there is a strong spirit of cooperation, trust and pride. Social justice and the need to address social inequalities are central to the make up of the these communities.
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) communities say that in areas such as Newtown and Enmore they feel really comfortable being out. In these areas same-sex couples walking hand in hand down the street is more the 'norm' than an unusual occurrence.
Newtown is fast becoming the LGBTIQ capital of Sydney, and many gay and lesbian specific community based organisations have moved to the area to make their services more accessible to the LGBTIQ communities.
The Marrickville Council LGBTIQ Panel and Forum was held on 11 June 2014 at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.
Social justice advocate and former broadcaster Julie McCrossin facilitated the event. It was an opportunity for local LGBTIQ communities and individuals to talk about local initiatives and emerging issues.
Council also launched its History Project, a glimpse into the rich LGBTIQ history of the Marrickville area.
Marrickville Council's 2013 LGBTIQ Forum was held on Wednesday 15 May 2013.
The forum included representatives from a range of LGBTIQ and community groups including Positive Life NSW, Rainbow Babies Marrickville, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association, and Head Space.
This annual event is preceded by an online discussion forum for a period of time beforehand, where residents are encouraged to have their say on issues and how they feel their life in Marrickville could be enriched. The feedback from the online discussion forms the agenda and discussion topics for the LGBTIQ Forum event.
The forum and online discussion is an opportunity for the local LGBTIQ community to contribute their ideas and views into Council's decision making process.
For more information contact Marrickville Council's LGBTIQ Project Coordinator Ettianne Anshin on email@example.com or phone 9335 2080.
Marrickville Council hosted a LGBTIQ Open Forum on Saturday 17 March 2012 at Petersham Town Hall. Members of the local community were invited to help Council plan LGBTIQ activities for the next 12 months and to inform Council's policy-making. It featured panel discussions, targeted workshops and discussion groups.
A report, including LGBTIQ community feedback, was presented to Council and will include specific actions Council will undertake as a result of feedback from the forum.