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Housing Help

The Open Doors Reconnect Program is for LGBT young people aged 12 to 18 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and their families.

We aim to support you to stablise your living situation. This may include finding accommodation short/ long term, supporting in providing mediation with parents, schools and other family members. Providing support in a housing emergency crisis.

We do this by:

  • Case Management
  • Individual support
  • Counselling and mediation
  • Advocating
  • Supporting young people to access Centrelink
  • Referring young people to other complimentary services (such as drug and alcohol counselling, mental health, etc.)
  • Brokerage
  • Providing emergency relief
  • Safe space to find help

Accessing the Reconnect Program

Any service provider can refer a young person or family who they think would benefit from the Reconnect Program.  Parents can also directly refer their young person and their family for support, and young people can also refer themselves to the program

  • Phone – contact (07) 3257 7660
  • Email – email
  • Drop-In Young people can access the Reconnect program by coming into the service during a drop in time.
  • Time – Wednesdays at 3.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Appointments – If our drop-in times do not suit you, we can arrange an appointment time for you to come and talk to us

The Reconnect Program is funded by Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) for more information about the program and other Reconnect services please visit the FaHCSIA Reconnect website.

Social Support

Drop In

Meet other young lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender people in a safe and friendly environment where everyone can be themselves without judgement or expectation.


For LGBTIQ young people who are 12 to 18

  • Wednesday 3:00pm – 6.00 pm


For Gender Non-conforming / Trans Gender and Non Binary young people

  • Saturdays: 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 1pm – 4pm

Young and Proud ages 18-24

  • Fridays: Every second and forth Friday 1pm-4pm

Young people must attend a separate Intake appointment prior to coming along to the social space.  Please contact one of our friendly workers to organise this appointment.

Drop-in is a relaxed and casual space where you can participate as little or as much as you like!  Here you can find:

  • Information and resources about coming out, identity, sexual health, relationships and parents
  • Gay community magazines (Q News and Queensland Pride)
  • Learning life skills.
  • Information about LGBT community events and other LGBT activities
  • Computers with internet access
  • Meals and food donated by the Metropolitan Community Church & Dikes on Bikes.
  • Meet new people and make friends
  • Someone to talk to who understands sexuality and gender identity!
  • Create community

Annual Events

Queerosity is an annual youth LGBTIQ festival.

Queeriosity is a queer youth extravaganza of art, music, culture and community – created by, and for, sexually & gender diverse young people! The event is focused on engaging with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Gender Queer, Queer, Questioning, Label Free & Same-Sex Attracted young people aged under 25…supported by the wider Queer community!

As a National Youth Week festival, Queeriosity is a celebration of the diversity of LGBTQI young people, under 25. This drug and alcohol free event will display some of the best queer & alternative talent Brisbane and beyond has to offer, with a smorgasbord of artistic and musically gifted peeps parading their skills.

Queeriosity will present a broad array of performances and entertainment from across the artistic spectrum, including:

In addition to this, a marketplace of community stalls and information booths will be on display, enabling local queer/queer-friendly businesses, organisations and services the opportunity to makes themselves known to all attendees.

And, if your taste buds require further tantalising… a free meat/vegetarian BBQ feast will also be on offer to all, with water and beverages available throughout the day.

Watch the events page for event information

As a safe space, Queeriosity is a drug, alcohol & discrimination-free zone.

One on One Support

Open Doors has youth workers who have lived experience. They get what it is like to be a part of the LGBTIQ community and are here to help.

This is also a great opportunity to find out what Open Doors can do to support you especially if you are:

  • Homeless or have unstable accommodation
  • Having problems at home
  • Having problems at school
  • Need help applying for Centrelink
  • looking for a job or wanting to get some training
  • Struggle with mental health stuff
  • Doctors and Dentist (physical health)
  • Sexual Health
  • Struggling with thought
  • Wanting to make friends
  • Need help making some tough decisions.
  • Needing advice or someone to talk to about drug and alcohol use.

For more information about what support we can give you, please (LINK CONTACT US)

Alcohol and Drug Support Service

Open Doors Youth Service provides one on one and group alcohol and drug support to young people who are between the ages of 12-25 years who live in South East Queensland. The program allows young LGBTIQ people, their families, community and other support people to refer young people to the program. The program also supports the families of LGBTIQ young people. The program has a dedicated Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander work who understands the needs of LGBTIQ young people within the community

For more information about what support we can give you, please (LINK CONTACT US)

When life gets tough

Open Doors provides support to young LGBTIQ people who maybe struggling with mental health concerns. These concerns can be as simple as wanting help in coming out through to being supported around a known mental health condition.

ODYS has qualified Psychologists and Counsellors that young people can access to be provided with ongoing support. Open Doors can also refer young people out to services such as Relationships Australia and Headspace.



Beyond Blue:

Diverse Voices:

Phone: 1800 184 527

If it is an emergency please call 000


Open Doors Youth Service works to support and empowering young people to access services that provide both psychological, social and physical support. Pride through Art therapy is a 12-month program that supports young LGBTIQ people in the prevention of the development of mental health concerns. Focusing on building resilience and coping mechanisms using art based therapies. All young people between the ages of 12-24 can access and attend this program.

Please contact us (link)  to learn more or see our events (link) page.


Parents of Gender Diverse Children and Young people is a group designed for parents by parents. Paul Sharling is the facilitator who runs the group and has personal experience as a parent of a Transgender child and psychologist.

Lisa Blake is a School Teacher, Psychologist and Guidance Counsellor with an interest in Austim. Lisa supports and co faculties the group with Paul.

Each event will host key community experts who have knowledge and expertise in the area of gender and sexuality. Creating a safe space to ask questions.

All Parents are welcome to attend

Please contact us to find out more.