Wendybird - Celebrating 5 Years of Building LGBTIQ+ Community

By Communify

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A little bit of context

Wendybird was formed in Brisbane in 2014 by a group of passionate LGBTIQ+ people to create a place where people of diverse bodies, genders, relationships and sexualities, their friends, families and children could form positive and meaningful connections with each other.

Frustrated by our growing experiences of isolation, exclusion and rejection from within our own LGBTIQ+ communities and knowing the striking impact this has on our mental health, Wendybird was determined to approach community differently.

In active resistance to our historical biases and rejecting lateral violence, we went about creating events to collectively grow a safer and more supportive community. No matter our identities, experiences or labels, all people are welcomed and celebrated. This collective effort by our Wendybird community to move away from historical privilege and power dynamics has enabled our participants to show up as their authentic selves, leading to a greater sense of belonging and improved mental wellbeing.

Wendybird is named in honour of Wendy Morris, an LGBTIQ+ community member who died by suicide in June 2007. The naming of Wendybird recognises one common story among a sea of losses our community has faced and reminds us of the importance of our work and the real role that connection and belonging has for LGBTIQ+ people.

However, we want to do more…

Wendybird consistently delivers high quality, community events that have real and tangible impacts for our community, but, in order to continue this work in meaningful ways, it's time for Wendybird to become our own organisation and actively pursue financial sustainability.

We currently operate with an auspice agreement from Communify and run entirely on the enthusiasm of our dedicated volunteer collective, generous donations from our participants, and the occasional small community grant.

With limited resources, Wendybird can only facilitate events every 6 weeks, and it’s difficult for us to participate in and contribute to other LGBTIQ+ community projects. We know for those of us who feel disconnected or lonely, regular opportunities to experience meaningful connections make the biggest difference to our mental wellbeing.

Now is the time for us to fly to new heights and expand our work within the LGBTIQ+ communities, providing even more opportunities for connection and belonging.

Here’s what we’re doing about it…

Wendybird wants to grow. Our goal is to become our own non-profit organisation.

This means we’ll be able to secure ongoing and sustainable income, access Government and philanthropic grants and develop unique social enterprise ventures.

A sustainable income will allow us to employ staff, deliver high quality activities, and develop more opportunities to actively support our LGBTIQ+ communities.

You can help us…

We want to raise $15,000.

This money will be used for:

  • Legal advice
  • Organisational registration fees
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Establishing a board
  • Developing policies and procedures
  • Getting ready for and applying for accreditation
  • Writing funding applications

Any additional funds will be used towards the delivery of our events and development of new projects.

You can also purchase tickets to come along to our 5 year Anniversary Fundraising Gala on Friday 13th September, 7.30pm @Henderson Cafe Buy your tickets here ---> https://wendybirdgala.eventbrite.com.au

And here’s some amazing perks for supporting us…

For supporting us to reach our goal, you’ll get one of our limited-edition merchandise items – the Wendybird pin or the collective community flag tee! By repping these designs you’ll be the toast of queer town, showing off your love for a community that truly works to lift us up!

We’ll also be adding (consensually) the names of our supporters to a dedicated thank-you page on our Wendybird website!

www.wendybird.com.au/5years

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Team Members

Chantel Keegan

Sally Morris

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