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We’re Family Too is the result of a collaboration between a range of individuals and organisations connected to the Arab community and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in NSW.

Ghassan Kassisieh
Commissioned to author the report, Ghassan has completed an honours thesis on the experiences of same sex attracted Australians from Arabic-speaking backgrounds and has worked in gay and lesbian advocacy for 8 years, with a particular emphasis on the equal recognition of same sex couples and their children under the law. He is of Palestinian heritage and has lived in Australia since 1990.

ACON is NSW’s leading gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender health and HIV/AIDS organisation. ACON provided specialises in helping GLBT people and people affected by HIV by providing information and services about HIV, sexual health, mental health, alcohol and other drugs, homophobic and domestic violence, housing, community care and workplace equality. More…

Arab Council Australia
Arab Council Australia is a secular non-profit independent community organisation working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of the most vulnerable people in the community. The Arab Council works in partnership with government, non-government and other structures, and plays a pivotal role in coordination, advocacy, leadership and information dissemination as well as in developing and providing a range of welfare services, activities and events to the community. More…

Beit el Hob
Beit El Hob means ‘House of Love’ in Arabic. It is a social, support and advocacy group, for people living in Australia, who identify as same- sex attracted, gay, lesbian, bisexual, gender diverse, transgender, transsexual, intersex and queer and are identified ethnically or culturally with Arabic speaking communities. We organise social events and gatherings for our members and their friends, family etc to socialise, network and affirm a sense of community. We provide support and referrals to queer Arabs who may need assistance. We also represent queer Arab issues in relevant fora, including committees, schools, meetings, demonstrations and conferences. We also aim to influence the broader communities we are part of to take into account queer Arab issues and to challenge racism and/or homophobia. More…

Steering Committee
This project was guided, and contributions made by representatives from a range of community organisations and government agencies. These have included ACON’s Anti-Violence Project, Arab Council Australia and Beit el Hob as well as the NSW Attorney-General’s Department, NSW Multicultural HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C Service, St Gorge Youth Services (GLYSSN-Gay and Lesbian Youth Same Sex-Attracted Network), Sydney South West Area Health Service, Bankstown Community Health, The Corner Youth Health Service and Maronite Youth Service.

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