Media Release – January 10th, 2014
Western Australia’s LGBTI* community service has changed their name from Gay and Lesbian Community Services of WA Inc to Living Proud Incorporated. The change was passed by the membership at the October Annual General Meeting along with a number of constitutional changes. This announcement is being made following official approval from the Department of Commerce.
Living Proud Chairperson, Phil Hampton said that “the new name and constitutional changes aim to reflect the contemporary organisation we have become and the work we are doing already for LGBTI people in WA.”
“Significantly, Living Proud Inc will operate and be identified as ‘Living Proud: LGBTI Community Services of WA’ to most accurately reflect the organisation’s work and objectives” said Hampton.
“The main catalyst for the change of name was the fact that our organisation has evolved and not only works to improve the health and wellbeing of the gay and lesbian people but also the bisexual, trans, intersex and other sexuality and gender diverse members of our community. Living Proud also reflects our aspiration for our community and our wellbeing.”
Hampton added “our organisation name not reflecting our mission or the diversity of LGBTI* people has been an issue of concern for the Board and our stakeholders for a number of years. A change was due and we are very optimistic about the future of Living Proud.”
Living Proud was originally the name of the LGBTI Suicide Prevention Project run by GLCS and funded by the OneLife WA Suicide Prevention Strategy from December 2011 to August 2013. The name Living Proud was chosen by the project steering committee made up of representatives of the LGBTI community and groups.
The Living Proud project aimed to reduce not only suicide but also discrimination within the LGBTI community and increase community engagement through a range of initiatives. The project was well received and accessed by a broad cross section of our diverse community. The Board hopes that the new name of the organization will continue this momentum and inclusivity.
The name and branding change to Living Proud Incorporated will be rolled out over the coming months with the official launch at Pride Fairday. All current contact details for the organisation will remain the same in the meantime.
For more information or comment contact:
Phil Hampton Dani Wright
Chairperson, Living Proud Inc. or Vice Chairperson, Living Proud Inc.
E: email@example.com P: 0419 945 219
*The National LGBTI Health Alliance uses “LGBTI” as a recognisable acronym to collectively refer to a group of identities that includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans/transgender and intersex people and other sexuality and gender diverse people, regardless of their term of self-identification. Living Proud Inc is a member of the National LGBTI Health Alliance.