News & Media

21 May 2015

Making a positive connection with the LGBTI community

On May 18th, Latrobe Community Health Service joined with community members in Gippsland and across the world to acknowledge International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

On May 18th, Latrobe Community Health Service joined with community members in Gippsland and across the world to acknowledge International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

“The day was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally,” said Vince Massaro, Executive Director, Assessment, Aged and Disability Services at Latrobe Community Health Service.

“Latrobe Community Health Service is an organisation that is committed to providing health services that enable people to live healthier, live better and live longer; that’s all people. It’s important the LGBTI community feels that promise extends to them too,” said Mr Massaro.

To mark the day, Latrobe Community Health Service hosted a free sausage sizzle, raised the rainbow flag and had LGBTI speakers talk about their experiences.

“We also planted a tree as a symbol of our organisation’s commitment to becoming a more inclusive workplace for LGBTI staff, and an inclusive health service for LGBTI members of the community,” said Mr Massaro.

Members of the LGBTI community who would like to contribute to improving the inclusive practices of Latrobe Community Health Service can complete an anonymous survey at lchs.com.au/diversity.