Rainbow Yarra

 Pastiche of rainbow house, community, flag and Yarra 

Rainbow Yarra was created following the inception of the LGBTIQA+ Strategy 2021-2024 (PDF 16MB) and Yarra’s Rainbow Advisory Committee. Yarra is proudly home to the wonderfully diverse LGBTIQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual and Agender) communities. Yarra aims to advocate for inclusivity and equality across our rainbow communities.

Our strategy is about:

  • welcoming and celebrating diversity
  • an inclusive Yarra
  • supporting, participating, and connecting.

Since implementing the LGBTIQA+ strategy in 2021, Yarra now flies the full spectrum of Pride Flags across our town halls on particular days of significance. We’re proudly the first local government to lead the way on this.

In 2022, Yarra launched ‘Rainbow Yarra’ a brand identity that we use for external partnerships and events within our community. The visual components represent a person embracing the diverse rainbow, which has a full spectrum of colours, including added shades of brown to acknowledge the multicultural intersections that exist within Yarra too.

Yarra is now proudly home to the Queerways Mural and walking podcast tour, recognizing all of the important and historical LGBTIQA+ representation in Yarra.

Rainbow Advisory Committee

The Rainbow Advisory Committee provides information, support and advice, and a mechanism for communication and consultation between LGBTIQA+ communities and Council on issues affecting the LGBTIQA+ community.

Trans Awareness

Trans Awareness Week (13-19 November) is a week of celebrating transgender pride. It's a week-long opportunity for trans allies to engage in education and learn how to elevate the voices of our community. It's important to back up your activity with conversation, and meaningful actions. Within the week we mark Trans Day of Visibility and Trans Day of Remembrance. Representatives from Yarra’s trans and gender diverse communities speak about their experiences.

Bisexuality visibility

Bisexual Visibility Day (23 September) is a day to celebrate anyone who is multi-gender attracted and raise awareness of the challenges and prejudices faced by the bisexual, pansexual and biromantic community. Bisexual people make up the largest portion of the LGBTIQA+ community, but often don’t feel safe to come out due to prejudice from their peers. Representatives from Yarra’s multi-gender attracted communities speak about their experiences.

Community events

  • Key Change Choir

    A choir for trans, gender diverse and gender questioning people, run on Mondays by Harris Walkden. Anyone of any singing skill level is welcome.

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  • PACE workshops

    Monthly social catch up by trans men for trans men, with new topics and activities each month. Next workshop on Thursday 14 September 2023.

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  • Rise Peer Workshop

    Monthly peer workshop for nonbinary+ and gender diverse participants to connect with each other. Next session: Thursday 7 September 2023.

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  • Yarning Blak and Queer

    Monthly online yarning group for LGBTIQA+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations mob. Next session: Thursday 31 August 2023 and Thursday 28 September 2023.

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  • 40 Years of Community Activism Exhibition

    Exhibition at @14 Gallery in Collingwood showcasing 40 years of Thorne Harbour Health activism for the wellbeing of the LGBTIQ+ communities. From Thursday 13 July to Saturday 5 August.

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  • Novus Peer workshop

    Monthly peer workshop for trans women and trans feminine participants to connect with each other. Next session: Thursday 17 August 2023 and Thursday 21 September 2023.

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LGBTIQA+ Directory