Our History and About Us
Back in 2011, prompted by one in five young people presenting at the local headspace centre identifying as LGBTIQ, 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, interest has waxed and waned, but Andrew and Annie have been soldiering on, slowly gathering momentum to come to what we have today. They have produced our logo and whale mascot, built our website and Facebook page, and have set up an online survey designed to gather ideas from our local community. If you’d like to get more involved get in touch!
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 have a little bit of funding through One Life – a WA suicide prevention strategy, which has helped us pay for this website, some promotional stationary, and event banners.
What we do
We get together every month at Kate’s Place (see below for details) and organise occasional events for the local LGBTIQ community and their supporters (sign up to keep in the loop). 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 14 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!