About the LGBTIQ Legal Service

About the service

The LGBTIQ Legal Service is a state-wide, free community legal service provided by St Kilda Legal Service. Our aim is to help LGBTIQ Victorians live happy, healthy and dignified lives by helping our community to address their legal issues.

In addition to our core service offering, we also engage in advocacy, education, media and awareness, and partnerships. Read more about what we do.

The LGBTIQ Legal Service has been operating since May 2018 in different locations.

We run a health justice partnership funded by the Victoria Law Foundation based at Thorne Harbour Health (Level 5, 615 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne), where we help Thorne Harbour Health clients with their everyday legal problems.

We also run the ‘Roberta Perkins Law Project’ which is a community project funded by the City of Melbourne and run in partnership with Transgender Victoria (100 Drummond Street, Carlton) to address the everyday legal problems and specific legal needs of trans and gender diverse people living in Victoria.

We are an inclusive service with a specialised understanding of community-specific legal needs. Our staff and volunteer team are comprised of members of the LGBTIQ community.

Staff Profiles

Sam Elkin

Sam Elkin

LGBTIQ Legal Service Coordinator • (Wednesday to Friday) • he/him

Sam was Victoria’s first LGBTIQ outreach lawyer and established the LGBTIQ Legal Service in 2018. Sam’s areas of interest include discrimination law, disability law and economic and social rights. Sam is passionate about equality for the trans and gender diverse community and is the first point of contact for the Roberta Perkins Law Project.

Alex Partington

Alex Partington

LGBTIQ Outreach Lawyer • (Tuesday to Thursday) • she/her

Alex is a queer woman who joined the Service in September 2019 after leaving the private legal sector. Alex’s areas of interest include criminal law, discrimination law and victims of crime compensation.

Sarah-Jo Watt-Linnett

Sarah-Jo Watt-Linnett

LGBTIQ Project Support and Community Engagement Officer • (Monday to Wednesday) • she/her

Sarah-jo is a queer Wiradjuri woman living, working and nurturing on the lands of the Boon Wurrong and Wurundjeri people in Naarm (Melbourne). Not a lawyer, Sarah-jo supports the everyday functioning of the Service, wrangles with technology, and organises things.

Nathan Duong

Nathan Duong

LGBTIQ Outreach Lawyer • (Wednesdays and Thursdays) • he/him

Nathan first started with the LGBTIQ Legal Service volunteering as a paralegal since the Service began in May 2018. After being admitted, Nathan now joins the service as its newest LGBTIQ Outreach Lawyer. Nathan’s areas of practice include infringements, criminal, family violence and tenancy matters.

Hannah Sycamore

Hannah Sycamore

LGBTIQ Legal Needs Analysis Project Officer • (Mondays) • she/her

Hannah has practised in criminal, migration and civil law. Hannah is a queer activist and is the current President of Mallee Pride in Mildura.

Other things we do

Events

In 2018 we ran Australia’s first “Change Your ID Day” event, where members of the trans and gender diverse community could change their ID’s with Births, Deaths and Marriages and other organisations in a safe and inclusive environment. Our next “Change Your ID Day” event will occur on 15 May 2020.

Education

The LGBTIQ Legal Service can offer training to the legal assistance sector on all aspects of LGBTIQ Inclusive Practice and on the legal issues that impact upon the LGBTIQ community.

Advocacy

The LGBTIQ Legal Service is staffed by members of our diverse community who have expertise in many areas of law relevant to the LGBTIQ community. We work with LGBTIQ health and advocacy organisations and government bodies to deliver better outcomes for LGBTIQ Victorians.

Media and Awareness

The LGBTIQ Legal Service is constantly working to create a greater understanding of the legal issues that impact on our communities and can be contacted for media comment and consultation in these areas.

Partnerships

We are always looking for ways to increase our reach and impact, and to support other LGBTIQ community initiatives. We welcome contact from individuals and organisations who would like to partner with the LGBTIQ Legal Service.

Our supporters

The LGBTIQ Legal Service is an outreach program of St Kilda Legal Service.

The LGBTIQ Legal Service is currently partnering with Thorne Harbour Health and Transgender Victoria to deliver our services.

We are a grateful recipient of a Department of Premier and Cabinet LGBTIQ Capacity Building grant, which allowed us to build this website.

Contact us

Get in touch with the LGBTIQ Legal Service for general inquiries, legal help and advice.

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