LGBT support day at PCYC aims to promote acceptance

AN awareness day for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Gladstone is aiming to promote acceptance of all people in the community.

Gladstone Police Citizens Youth Club is organising the event, after receiving a $3725 grant through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal's Heywire Youth Innovation Grants program.

The PCYC will hold the Breaking Down the Door event on December 7, a family-friendly day where people can dissolve the stereotypes that exist in the community.

PCYC youth worker Anna Witty wants the event to promote the fact everybody looks different, "but we're all the same underneath".

"I want the community to show its support with anyone who identifies as gay," she said.

"Gladstone is a working, male-dominated town, but we are moving with the times and have up-to-date views and opinions."

She said the idea came from a national committee of young people who were dealing with issues in regional and rural Australia.

"The grant and community awareness day should hopefully raise awareness of the support group that is available in the community."

The PCYC has a support group called Diverse where people who identify as LGBT can hang out and feel safe and comfortable.

Diverse meets on fortnightly Thursdays in the meeting room.

The Gladstone region also has a support group on Facebook, which has a following of more than 400 people.

The grant will help make the family fun day a free event held at the PCYC with activities for little kids as well as young adults.