Strong House

The beautiful man behind this double flannelette is Brian Day AM

The Strong House is a place for sharing stories about Pride and getting through tough times. The House was established during the postal vote on Marriage Equality – when many LGBTIQ people were challenged by LGBTIQphobic comments and actions. Strong House stories draw on the wisdom of LGBTI elders, and others, to strengthen LGBTIQ communities and especially:

  • Younger LGBTIQ people
  • LGBTI Elders who have come out or transitioned late
  • LGBTIQ people of all ages who don’t yet have a robust sense of themselves as an LGBTIQ person
  • LGBTIQ people who experience depression or anxiety.

Pride is important for all LGBTIQ people and is particularly so for people experiencing difficulty. Pride can help us through tough times and can create a protective barrier against LGBTIQphobia. When we recognise our power to create and affirm our own identities – we are stronger. Pride is infectious. Please share your Pride story.

How to participate

The Strong House particularly focuses on the experiences and wisdom of LGBTI elders (65 years+) but welcomes LGBTIQ+ people of all ages who want to share responses to the following three statements:

  1. My toughest time as an LGBTIQ person was …
  2. What I love most about myself now is …
  3. My message to LGBTIQ+ people going through tough times is …


This section of webpage showcases the stories that have been shared with us. Your story can be a short film, a photo, drawing, painting, written word – anything.

Our Bodies, Ourselves – Detox workshop

Alice’s Garage is proud to be partnering with Rainbow Families to present a Detox workshop at the Better Together, Equality Project Conference. The workshop will be held on Friday 12th Jan from 5.15 – 7pm. This workshop invites LGBTIQ community members (and allies) to reclaim our Pride in who we are. It honours the body as a site for building strength and Pride. The workshop includes:

  1. A body percussion harmony with percussionist Peter Vadiveloo
  2. Pride tattooing: draw a temporary pride tattoo
  3. Messages for mulch: write messages you may not have been able to articulate and shred these to mulch a rose plant (symbol of new beginnings)
  4. Purification meditation for LGBTIQ communities and our community leaders with Michelle McNamara
  5. Silent prayer: a non-denominational prayer for LGBTIQ Pride

A short iMovie will be produced to share images and audio from the workshop at the conferences closing address and on the Strong House webpage – to empower others. Participation in photographs for the iMovie is optional. Photographs will be taken by Tess Flynn.

Find your niche

Max Primmer lives in Daylesford and shares his message to LGBTIQ people living in rural and regional areas – that everyone has a niche or special place where they belong.

Reach Out

In this film LGBTI Elder Sally Conning shares her message to LGBTI community members to reaching out in tough times.

We Stand With You

This beautiful film is the first in our series for Strong House – it show cases LGBTI Elders and Community leaders sharing their stories about tough times in the context of the Postal Vote – and sending the message “We Stand With You”.


In October 2017 LGBTI Elders in Victoria were invited to accompany Premier Daniel Andrews as he posted his Marriage Equality Postal Vote. Alice’s Garage helped get the word out to Elders and was there to film the event. This film wasn’t produced for Strong House – but so many LGBTI folk fed back on social media that they found it uplifting – so we decided to include it here.

Contact us

If you would like more information or want to share your story please contact Strong House Coordinator using the details below:

  • Dr Catherine Barrett
  • Phone: 0429 582 237
  • Email:

More support

  • Switchboard Victoria provides peer based support for LGBTIQ people and their friends, family and allies. Switchboard is a Victorian partner in the national telephone and web counselling, information and referral service (QLife) and are available 3pm – 12am every day on 1800 184 527 or web:
  • QLife is Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTIQ people. QLife are available from 5:30pm – 10:30pm and can be contacted on 1800 184 527 or web:
  • VAC counselling service: the first session is free and from then on fees are based on a scale depending on your income. Open Monday to Thursday 9am – 8pm. Friday 9am – 4pm. Phone (03) 9865 6700 or web:
  • beyondblue provides a free phone service 24 hours a day on 1300 22 4636 or web:
  • Lifeline is a free phone service available 24 hours a day on 13 11 14 or web:
  • Suicide call back service: a nationwide service that provides 24/7 phone, video and online professional counselling to people who are affected by suicide. Phone 1300 657 467 or web here: