Townsville GLBTI Anti-Violence Committee
WHY WE WERE FORMED?
Following an increasing series of incidents of harrassment and violence against gay and lesbian community members, the QLD Aids Council (QUAC) was bombed in June 1999. Not only did this event send shock waves around our community, shortly after this the Regional Director was stabbed in the neck with a syringe as he returned to work after his lunch break. The Townsville community response to this violence was swift and decisive. A number of concerned community members banded together to form the Anti-Violence Committee. We have grown from this time to include representatives from the Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland, Education Queensland, Family Planning, Qld Aids Council, SQWISI, business and community groups and individuals and Townsville City Council's City Safe Program on our management committee, whilst still retaining our grass roots links.
WHO WE ARE?
A committee of volunteers made up of community members and community organisations from Townsville and North Queensland Region.
Our aim is to raise awareness of homophobia and homophobic related violence in the Townsville Region in an effort to reduce the incidence and impact of homophobic related crime.