In 1848, leaders in our community met at the Rainbow Tavern on Swanston Street and established the organisation that we know today as Jewish Care Victoria.
With more than 170 years of rich and diverse history behind us, we now look towards another rainbow and how that can support our commitment to building an inclusive community – this time a Rainbow Tick.
The Rainbow Tick is a national accreditation program for organisations that are committed to safe and inclusive practice, and service delivery, for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Intersex (LGBTI+). The accreditation program supports organisations to understand and implement LGBTI+ safe and inclusive service delivery and provides national recognition for those that meet the Standards.
The 6 Rainbow Tick Standards are:
- Organisational capability - the organisation embeds LGBTI+ inclusive practice across all its systems and continuously seeks opportunities for improvements.
- Workforce development - all staff and volunteers understand their responsibilities to LGBTI+ consumers and are trained and able to deliver LGBTI-inclusive services.
- Consumer participation - LGBTI+ consumers are consulted about, and participate in the planning, development, and review of the service.
- A welcoming and accessible organisation - LGBTI+ consumers can easily and confidently access services because the physical and virtual environments, including information, structures, resources and processes, are welcoming.
- Disclosure and documentation - LGBTI+ consumers, staff and volunteers feel safe to provide personal information, including their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or intersex status, because they know information will be treated respectfully and that there are systems in place to ensure their privacy.
- Culturally safe and acceptable services - services and programs identify, assess, analyse and manage risks to ensure the cultural safety of LGBTI+ consumers.
Did you know?
- 1 in 10 Australians identity as being either lesbian, gay, bisexual, or gender diverse
- There are as many people in our community with an intersex variation as there are people with red hair
- Having an intersex variation simply means a person was born having the physical and/or biological features of both male and female sexes
- Being trans/gender diverse means a person’s gender identity/expression differs from the sex assigned at birth – traditionally only ever being male or female (a gender binary)
- She/her/her and he/him/his are not the only pronouns people use – they/them/theirs is also used, by people who identify as being gender diverse or gender non-binary
- Recognising, respecting, and advocating for LGBTI+ rights does not take away any of your own rights
- Inclusive communities are more resilient and harmonious than those that are not
Why is Jewish Care working to achieve the Rainbow Tick Accreditation?
Our real commitment is to creating a more inclusive organisation and community, and not just for people who identify as LGBTI+.
Jewish Care firmly believes our community is stronger when we are together, and rejoices in the rich and colourful diversity within our community. People who are LGBTI+ have the same right to access services as anyone else within the community. However, not everyone understands or responds well to the needs of LGBTI+ people. For some LGBTI+ people, the experience of being excluded or discriminated against can contribute directly to poorer health and wellbeing. As an organisation we look forward to building relationships with the LGBTI+ community, other service providers and organisations, and the community-at-large. The Rainbow Tick will just be a formal recognition of this work.
For more information about Jewish Care’s commitment to LGBTI+ inclusion, or the Rainbow Tick Accreditation work that is currently underway, please contact our LGBTI+ Liaison Officer on 8517 5611 or email at [email protected]
Pledge of Support for LGBTI
On Thursday 30 August, Jewish Care Victoria and nine other faith-based organisations came together to pledge commitment to inclusivity for all LGBTIQ people who seek services.
Co-hosted by Jewish Care and Temple Beth Israel, the historic event was attended by CEOs and representatives of participating organisations, all of which are part of the Faith-Based Service Provider Network. Watch the video below and click to read the full press release.
It's okay to be gay
In November 2019, Jewish Care and the Jewish Commuity Council of Victoria (JCCV) submitted a jointly-drafted position paper to the Victorian State Government’s Department of Justice and Community Safety, in response to their request for community consultation on LGBTI+ 'Conversion Practices - Legislative Option to Implement a Ban'.
We proudly submitted a paper firmly detailing our position that these practices are deeply psychologically and emotionally harmful, ineffective and lacking credible scientific research, and a fundamental breach of a person’s human rights. Our two organisations believe it is perfectly okay to be gay, are committed to diversity and inclusivity, and support laws to ban LGBTQ+ conversion therapy practices.
Rainbow Health Victoria: Supporting LGBTI+ health and wellbeing
ACON: LGBTI+ health and HIV prevention and support
PFLAG: Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Minus 18: Education and advocacy for LGBTI+ youth
The Rainbow Door: Connects LGBTI+ people with a range of services
Switchboard: Peer-driven support for LGBTI+ people, their families, allies and wider community
Thorne Harbour Health: Serves the health needs of LGBTI+ people
Head to Health: Guide to digital mental health services from some of Australia’s most trusted mental health organisations
QLife: Counselling and referral service for LGBTI+ people
Beyond Blue: For anyone feeling depressed or anxious
headspace: Mental health service for ages 12 to 25
ReachOut.com: Youth mental health service
Lifeline: Support for anyone having a personal crisis
Suicide Call Back Service: For anyone thinking about suicide
Jewish LGBTI+ Community
Aleph: Social, support and advocacy group for LGBTI+ people living in Melbourne with a Jewish heritage
Keshet: Provides advocacy, support and education to help build inclusivity for Jewish LGBTI+ people
Jewish Lesbian Group of Victoria: Activism group for Jewish lesbians
Rosh Pinah: An affirming Orthodox Jewish network for LGBTI+ people
Jewmos: Jewish LGBTI+ activism group