Unique specialist training course for emerging LGBTIQ+ leaders

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Victorian lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) emerging leaders will be given the opportunity to develop their skills and networks through a unique specialist training course.

Minister for Equality Martin Foley today announced applications are open for the fourth round of the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian LGBTIQ+ Leadership Program, which empowers LGBTIQ+ leaders to drive equality across the state.

The course involves a series of skill-building subjects, which will be delivered over eight weeks between February and March 2022 through in-person and online sessions. Participants also receive one-on-one mentorship from an established LGBTIQ+ leader, an official press release said.

The Labor Government is providing $200,000 for the initiative, which will support 25 emerging leaders to join the program, giving them the skills they need to become future leaders at a range of organisations.

The program recognises there are many parts that make up who people are, and people from regional and rural areas, multicultural and multifaith communities, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and people with disability are encouraged to apply.

The Leadership Program is being delivered by The Equality Project, an organisation which aims to create spaces for LGBTIQ+ organisations, advocates and allies to work together through training and conferences.

To be eligible to apply, people must identify as LGBTIQ+, be based in Victoria, be 18 years and older, and have up to five years experience as a change-maker or emerging leader.

Aspiring participants can find out more about the program or apply at theequalityproject.org.au/vic-lgbtiq-leadership-program

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