The Victorian Government values and celebrates diversity. It affirms the right to equality, fairness and decency for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Gender Diverse, and Intersex (LGBTI) Victorians and is committed to removing discrimination from Victorian laws, services and society.

To support this work a whole of government LGBTI Taskforce has been established along with LGBTI Health and Human Services and Justice Working Groups, and Victoria's first Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality.

This Rainbow eQuality Guide was developed to assist mainstream health and community service agencies identify and adopt inclusive practices and become more responsive to the health and wellbeing needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) individuals and communities.

Inclusive practice is an essential part of the delivery of health and human services, not an add-on or afterthought.

Feedback on the guide can be provided to diversity@dhhs.vic.gov.au  

Importance of inclusion

In general, members of the LGBTI community experience poorer health and wellbeing outcomes than other Victorians. This poorer health and wellbeing largely results from stigma and discrimination that people who are LGBTI can experience in their everyday lives.

Inclusion is about recognising and valuing diversity, including a diversity of sexualities, gender identities and intersex variations. Inclusive practice is not about changing individual beliefs or personal values but about ensuring that services are delivered in ways that are non-discriminatory and LGBTI inclusive and welcoming.

Being an inclusive service provider will improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Victorians. Being an ‘Ally’ in LGBTI health and wellbeing means speaking up when a group is not treated equally, and providing services to all members of the community, regardless of how they identify in ways including sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.