LGBTI projects get Marrickville Council boost
A pilot program aimed at moving trans women into the workforce is just one of the GLBTI projects green-lighted in Marrickville Council’s latest round of cultural and arts funding.
Further strengthening their GLBTI-friendly credentials, the council has awarded a number of GLBTI-related groups a share of $183,000 in funding.
Suzanne Kuntz is the executive director of Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organisation that assists women move successfully into the workforce.
She told SX the $4800 in Marrickville Council funding will be used to assist transgender women that are attempting to gain employment, or are transitioning in their workplace.
“We have a number of referrals from a range of agencies including the Gender Centre – they will send us women who are in transition and looking for advice,” she told SX.
“This grant will be used specifically for pilot workshops, specifically for the transgender community, in relation to styling, dressing and make-up.
“These funds will make a great difference to us.”
Other groups to receive funding include performance space Red Rattler, which received a grant towards a New Year’s Eve celebration aimed at “LGBTIQ and performance communities in the area”.
Above: The Red Rattler Theatre is among a host of LGBTI-related projects to get Marrickville Council funding. Top image: Suzanne Kuntz of Dress for Success. Photo: Cec Busby
South Asian gay support group Trikone received $4,800 to run a community forum exploring issues affecting culturally diverse LGBTI people.
Mayor of Marrickville Jo Haylen said for small GLBTI-related organisations, a council grant can make all the difference.
“Many of these organisations have told me that these small grants are often the difference between a program going ahead or not,” she told SX.
“The grants are a confirmation of all the great things they are doing across our community.
Haylen said Marrickville Council was proud of its inclusive policies.
“Marrickville Council is and always will be a friend and supporter of the GLBTIQ community,” she said.
“Council has a proud history of working with our GLBTIQ residents, and embracing everyone no matter who they are or where they’re from.”
In all, 133 grant applications were received by Council – 67 were successful.