Leading LGBTIQ health organisation ACON is releasing a series of mini-documentaries highlighting positive representations of a diverse range of healthy relationships existing in the LGBTIQ community.

Our Relationships is an eight-part series delving into the lives of real NSW-based LGBTIQ-identifying people as they open up about their relationships, what works for them, what challenges they have faced, and how have they worked through these challenges.

Launching on Monday 11 December via ACON’s social media networks, the series seeks to provide LGBTIQ people with relatable and accessible peers who can act as role models to improve relationships and overall wellbeing.

The series is also expected to foster resilience, transmit positive values and beliefs, and generate a positive sense of self-worth for individuals in the LGBTIQ community.

Our Relationships follows 15 individuals and eight different relationships, and sharing their unique journeys, ACON hopes that members of the LGBTIQ community will be able to connect and relate to experiences of what healthy relationships can look like. The program comes off the back of a 2016 online survey conducted by ACON, which found a high number of participants had no positive relationship role models.

ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said showcasing positive depictions of LGBTIQ people will raise awareness of the diversity of healthy relationships that exists, and encourage those needing support to reach out.

“Domestic and family violence remains a significant health issue for our communities with one in three LGBTIQ people in NSW having experienced domestic and family violence in their current or previous relationships,” Mr Parkhill said.

“Having accessible role models who are affirming of LGBTIQ relationships will show our communities, as well as broader society, positive perceptions and behaviours that support them in understanding their own relationships and drive them to create healthier practices of their own.”

Our Relationships can also be seen on ACON’s website Say It Out Loud.

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