Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) carers

We provide information and support for LGBTI carers.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) carers

We provide information and support for LGBTI carers.

LGBTI carer facts

Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people care for a partner, friend or family member. This may be someone living with a disability, mental health challenge, chronic or terminal illness or an older person. Here are some of the facts about and support information for LGBTI carers. 

Our aim is to provide services that are respectful and inclusive of all carers. We recognise that every caring situation is unique and that a person's health and wellbeing depends on having their specific needs acknowledged.

Are you an LGBTI carer?

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) people in care relationships include carers who identify as LGBTI and carers of LGBTI people. LGBTI carers look after a range of people with a variety of care needs. They often take on a caring role for friends and ‘family of choice' as well as biological family.

LGBTI carers face many of the same joys and pressures as any other carer. However, they may also experience specific challenges related to invisibility, discrimination and exclusion. This lack of recognition of a person's experience, identity, relationships and caring role can add particular stress to an already challenging role.

Carers Victoria's vision is that all carers and caring families+ are valued and supported - regardless of age, background, culture, sexuality, intersex status or gender identity. This includes access to inclusive and appropriate services at all stages of life.

We are committed to working alongside LGBTI communities to improve services and advocacy for LGBTI carers.

+Note: The term ‘caring families' includes the diverse range of people in care relationships, including carers and people receiving care in same-sex families, ‘families of choice', friends and others who provide unpaid care.

Older LGBTI carers research

The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, Val's Café and Carers Australia partnered to explore the experiences of older LGBTI carers and the carers of older LGBTI Australians.

They conducted evidence based research and created an evidence based guide and in November 2015, 'An Extra Degree of Difficulty' which explores the experiences and neds of older LGBTI carers and of older LGBTI people.  

The resource includes practical strategies around supporting LGBTI carers who: 

  • are caring for biological family members who are homophobic
  • are caring for partners who are fearful of discrimination in accessing formal care
  • need social support, peer support and respite, or
  • need recognition of their experiences of loss and grief. 

Information and support

Are you supporting someone who is older with care needs, has a disability, a mental health issue, or a chronic health condition? 

To find out how we can help you, please call Carers Victoria's Carer Advisory Line on
1800 242 636 or follow the links below.

Community development and education

Carers Victoria is committed to raising awareness about LGBTI carers and assisting organisations to become more inclusive and responsive to their needs. The LGBTI Carer and Community Education Officer works with communities and service providers to assist them in understanding, identifying and appropriately supporting LGBTI carers.

Carers Victoria is a member of the National LGBTI Health Alliance and Val's Café and actively promotes inclusive practice.

If you would like to know more about our work or to enquire about our education and training services please email education@carersvictoria.org.au or call 1800 242 636 to speak to us.

Other useful services

Switchboard Victoria - a partner in QLife
1800 184 527

Victorian AIDS Council/Gay Men's Health Centre
(03) 9865 6700

Living Positive Victoria
(03) 9863 8733

Zoe Belle Gender Collective

Transgender Victoria

Bisexual Alliance

OII Australia - Intersex Australia