Coming of Age event for LGBTIQ youth
The Queer Formal is a night for 500 LGBTIQ youth to attend a queer-inclusive and life-affirming event, and we need your help to make it happen. It’s more than just a night of incredible music, artists, dancing and celebration - for most LGBTIQ youth, it’s the one night of the year where they take a same-gender partner, wear the clothes they feel most comfortable in, and just be themselves.
We’ve hosted the Queer Formal for 500 youth in Melbourne for 2019, and now we’re looking to bring the event back to Sydney and Adelaide.
We need your help to make it happen!
- Every $50 donated = 1 LGBTIQ young person attends the formal for free.
- Every $500 donated = A table of 10 to attend together from low socio-economic areas for free
For every $25,000 raised, we’ll run another Queer Formal around Australia - including
- Next $25,000 = Sydney, July 2019
- Next $25,000 = Adelaide, November 2019
Watch some of our beautiful 2018 Queer Formal memories:
We're fighting to end discrimination
Even though things might seem like they’re ‘getting better’ for the LGBTIQ community in Australia, this isn’t the case for everyone - especially LGBTIQ youth.
Still today, religious schools in Australia can legally expel a student or fire a teacher for being LGBTIQ. Can you believe that?
- Majority of LGBTIQ people in Australia will experience abuse before they are 25, with 80% experiencing it at school.
- LGBTIQ young people are 2x as likely to experience depression and anxiety and 4x more likely to attempt suicide compared to the national average.
For trans and gender diverse people, the attempted suicide rate is 10 times higher than the national average.
- 74% of Trans and Gender Diverse young people experience abuse and discrimination (SOURCE).
- As a result 75% of Trans and Gender Diverse young people experience depression (SOURCE) as opposed to just 15% of the general population (SOURCE)
- When teachers use appropriate and inclusive language in their classroom, rates of social exclusion, discriminatory language and student humiliation can reduce by over 50%. (SOURCE) A promise to make amendments to Religious Freedoms have yet to be actioned, LGBTIQ young people and teachers are vulnerable
How you can help us do this
The Minus18 Foundation is Australia’s charity for LGBTIQ young people - and we’re heading into all around Australia to build empathy, and celebrate being queer.
100% of funds raised during will go towards Minus18 creating safe environments for our youth. Can you help us fund this crucial work?