Our History and About Us

 
 

Our history

Back in 2011, prompted by one in five young people presenting at the local headspace centre identifying as LGBTIQ (it's now 1 in 4), and the generally accepted view that around 10 percent of the population is LGBTIQ (Albany has about 35,000 people – you do the maths), Andrew Wenzel (headspace manager) and Annie Arnold got together to see what they could achieve by way of building better support for our community.

Over the years we have been gathering momentum to come to where we are today:

We have produced our logo and whale mascot, built our website and Facebook page, set up an online survey designed to gather ideas from our local community and we have regular social events.

If you’d like to get more involved get in touch!

 

About Us

Who we are

We are a group of local, volunteer LGBTIQ people who felt our region needed some better networking and support opportunities for people like us. So we got together to see what we could come up with. We get a little bit of funding every now and then, which has helped us pay for the Under 25's social group, this website and some marketing.

What we do

  • We get together every month at Kate’s Place (see below for details)
  • We organise regular events for the local LGBTIQ community and their supporters (sign up to keep in the loop).
  • We run the under 25's group.
  • We organised Albany's very first Pride in 2016 and plan an even better one this year!
  • We are in the process of getting an Albany PFLAG up and running (Stay tuned!)
  • We manage this website and our Facebook page.

We aim to be a networking and support hub for our local LGBTIQ community here in the beautiful Great Southern region of Western Australia.

We have plenty of ideas and would love others to get involved, so feel free to get in touch if you want to help out, or need help getting your own ideas off the ground.

What is Kate’s Place?

Kate’s Place is a cafe at 42 Stirling Terrace in Albany. We meet up in the back room (the doorway is to the left of the counter) every second Tuesday of the month from 5pm to 6pm. Our get togethers draw a mixed and open-minded crowd (anything from 4 to 40 people of all ages) from the area – We’ve had people visit from Denmark and Mount Barker (thanks guys!) and new faces are always welcome. There are a few regulars and others popping in now and then. You can bring your friends, parents, kids, or other supporters, if you want to. If it helps to break the ice, you can contact us first and let us know you’re coming. You don’t have to purchase anything from the cafe, but we thoroughly recommend their coffees, hot chocolates, cakes and hot chips!