Open Doors will remain open for trans youth thanks to donation
A Brisbane support service for LGBT youth has been granted a donation to maintain its transgender program.
Open Doors Youth Service has been thrown a $5,000 lifeline by developer Consolidated Properties Group.
In October, Open Doors announced that the popular Jelly Beans program would be closing at the end of November.
Jelly Beans is Open Doors social support group specifically for transgender, gender variant, gender queer young people, and those questioning their gender identity.
The donation will keep Jelly Beans going for an additional three months, allowing Open Doors more time to secure ongoing funding, say the organisation’s managers.
Open Doors Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer Tyrone Shandiman said Jelly Beans remains one of Open Doors’ most important services.
“Jelly Beans is fast becoming our most needed program and we are fighting to keep it available to all young people in our community.
“Open Doors have met with Councillor Vicki Howard, Trevor Evans MP and representatives from Minister Shannon Fentiman’s office.
“While we have not yet secured any ongoing government funding, we are continuing discussions with government and feel confident funding may be secured.”