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The Coming Out Proud Program (COPP)

Rainbow Communities Tasmania Inc. and the Coming Out Proud Program
were established with the following aim:

To provide strategies that will enable Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people in each region of the State to "come out with pride" and live in their community with dignity as fully respected and participating members.

 

In the past, many young and some older Tasmanian GLBTI people have had to leave the regions in which they live because of local prejudice. Some have even suicided or attempted to do so, having been victims of the prejudice that still exists against rainbow people in Tasmania.

Rainbow Communities Tamania Inc. offers support to the development and implementation of the Coming Out Proud Program to ameliorate this situation locally.

COPP coordinates consultation, initiates support and is generally responsible for representing sectors of the Tasmanian GLBTI Community at state and national levels.

In each geographical region, an independent Community Liaison Committee (CLC) is set up to manage the program in partnership with other GLBTI organisations, state and local government agencies. The COPP CLC is then run in accordance with a locally developed management plan.

COPP Regional Community Liaison Committees


  • Kingborough/Huon
  • Greater Hobart
  • Greater Launceston
  • Cradle Coast

 

Diedre Murray

The Kingborough/Huon Valley Community Liaison Committee was the first to be sponsored by the organisation now known as SPECTRUM. It is chaired Deidre Murray (pictured at left) and meets monthly, usually at the Kingborough Council Chambers. Kingborough Council is represented by Cr Michele Higgins and Huon Valley Council is represented by Cr Peter Pepper (both pictured at right).

Michele Higgins

Peter Pepper

 

For further information about the Committee, open our Terms of Reference document (PDF 121KB).

Read our June 2009 Management Plan (PDF 153KB) and provide some feedback.

Contact us

Email: deidre@rainbowtas.org
Phone: 0412 931 974

 

Robbie Moore

The Greater Hobart Community Liaison Committee held its first meeting in March 2007. It meets monthly, usually at the Hobart Town Hall. The Chair is Robbie Moore (pictured at left).

Hobart City Council is represented by the Alderman Helen Burnett and Glenorchy City Council is represented by Angela Pate (pictured at right).

Helen Burnett Angela Pate

 

For further information about the Committee, open our Terms of Reference document
(PDF 121KB).

Read our Management Plan (PDF 159KB) and provide some feedback.

Contact us

Email: robbie@rainbowtas.org
Phone: 0423 421 849

Local Links

Hobart City Council

The Greater Hobart Community Liaison Committee was sponsored by Hobart City Council, which continues to provide support in the form of space for the Committee's meetings.

YouthARC

Youth ARC is Hobart City Council's Youth Centre - located at 44 Collins Street. It provides options for young people aged 12 to 25.

 

Donald Macdonald

The Co-coordinator for the Greater Launceston Community Liaison Committee is Don Macdonald.

We aim to provide strategies to eliminate discrimination to enable gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people in the region to "come out with pride and live in their community with dignity as fully respected and participating members".

The Greater Launceston region for COPP includes the North East Coast. The Launceston district covers a small area of 1,415 square kilometres on the Tamar River at the confluence of the South Esk and North Esk Rivers. The rural part of the Launceston district extends about 20 kilometres to the north along the eastern side of the Tamar River to its border with thr George Town district and about 25 kilometres to the east to its border with Dorset district. The estimated population of the Launceston district in 2003 was 63,389. About three quarters of the Northern Tasmania's population live in the Greater Launceston area.

At its meeting in May 2008, the Launceston City Council endorsed the Coming Out Proud Program and appointed Alderman Ivan Dean as the Liaison Alderman to pursue the COPP objectives with the Council within the Terms of Reference.The Coming Out Proud Program operates through the establishment of the Greater Launceston/East Coast Community Liaison Committee and with representation from the local sexually- and gender-diverse community, as well as:

*an advisory panel with bipartisan political party representation;

* representatives from Police, Health and Human Services, Education, Tourism; and

* GLBTI special services is supporting the Committee.

*Endorsement with other Northern and East Coast Councils will be sought.

The Committee is committed to developing a management plan in cooperation with local government according to Council's Strategic Plan 2008 - 2013 and is exploring, in cooperation with local government and private professional services, collaborative areas with the following aims:

* To achieve equality of access and respect within the region's community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people.

* To support the region's community to create a climate where GLBTI people are able to be accepted and celebrated as full, contributing and proud members of the general community.

The CLC is recruiting a good LGBTI representative base. Early areas of interest include Gay and Lesbian tourism in the Northern and East Coast region, sexual health issues in the region, bullying and intimidation and social opportunities for the GLBTI community. The Committee has been supported by an LGBTI grant from the Department of Premier and Cabinet and is focussed on reducing discrimination, abuse and harassment through advocacy, research and community awareness. This is to be achieved through:

*Development of a coordinated, cooperative and collaborative management plan to implement the COPP objectives in the region, including government regional objectives.

*Assisting with the establishment of chapters of both Outright Youth and SPECTRUM in the region as well as membership of Rainbow Communities Tasmania Inc.  

Contact us

Email: donmac@rainbowtas.org
Phone: 0438 311 426
Mail: PO Box 1619
LAUNCESTON 7250

 

Watch This Space

Up until December 2013, the Convenor of the Cradle Coast (North West) COPP Community Liaison Committee (CLC) was Roger Jaensch, then Executive Chairman of the Cradle Coast Authority. Roger has stepped down from that position to seek election to the Tasmanian parliament.

The Cradle Coast region covers the local government areas of Latrobe, Devonport City, Kentish, Central Coast, Burnie City, Waratah-Wynyard, West Coast, Circular Head and King Island, with a total population of around 108 000. The region covers an area of 22,492 square kilometres - approximately one-third of the total area of Tasmania.

In 2008, mayors of the region’s nine councils and the Cradle Coast Authority Board endorsed the Coming Out Proud Program and appointed a Liaison Officer to the Cradle Coast COPP CLC. In late 2011, a small but diverse group of local LGBTI and local government representatives was established as the ‘nucleus’ of a Community Liaison Committee for the Cradle Coast region, to work in cooperation with local government and private professional services to develop a management plan that will:

* Achieve equality of access and respect within the region’s community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people

* Support the region’s community to eliminate discrimination and create a climate where GLBTI people are able to be accepted and celebrated as full, contributing and proud members of the general community.

* The Cradle Coast COPP Committee has been supported by a LGBTI grant from the Department of Premier and Cabinet and is focussed on reducing discrimination, abuse and harassment through advocacy, research and community awareness. This is to be achieved through:

* Development of a coordinated, cooperative and collaborative management plan to implement the COPP objectives in the region, including government regional objectives;

* Assisting with the establishment of chapters of both Outright Youth and the League of Gentlefellows in the region.

Contact us

Interim Contact: Leanne Bonney
leanne@rainbowtas.org

 

COPP Membership

To become a member of COPP please jump to the Publications page and download a COPP Brochure.

Frequently Asked Questions about COPP

Please jump to the COPP Frequently Asked Questions page.

Program Objectives

  • To achieve equality of access and respect within each regional community for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people.
  • To support each regional community to create a climate where GLBTI people are able to be accepted and celebrated as full, contributing and proud members of the general community.
  • To support the operation of Rainbow Tasmania, which has regional representation from the COPP CLCs.

Proposed Program Outcomes

  • Local GLBTI communities identify their full diversity, including the particular support needs of certain members (e.g. young people, older persons, indigenous, ethnic, parents) and implement strategies to ensure appropriate services are provided to enable them to live as fully participating members of the general community.
  • Government and community organisations in the regions have active programs/strategies in place to ensure respect for members of the GLBTI community as fully participating members of the general community.
  • GLBTI organisations are fully operational in the regions.

COPP is involved in initiating cultural change to provide a more accepting environment for rainbow people - see the Cultural Change page.

 

Strategic Partnership with Gay and Lesbian Switchboard

Switchboard Logo COPP has forged a strategic partnership with the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard Victoria, a free counselling service operated by trained volunteers. Tasmanians can access via (Freecall number) 1800 184 527.

A press release issued by the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard can be accessed by clicking here.