supporting the LGBTQIA+ community with Minus18 - Havaianas Australia

supporting the LGBTQIA+ community with Minus18

Love is love! We’re proud to continue our partnership with Minus18, an Australian charity who provide a support network for LGBTQIA+ youth. For every pair of pride havaianas sold, we donate 7% of sales to Minus18. This donation continues all year round to support the LGBTQIA+ community. If you haven’t heard of Minus18 before, then read on to find out more about their mission. 


What is Minus18? 

Minus18 is Australia's leading charity dedicated to supporting and empowering LGBTQIA+ youth. Founded in 2010, the organisation focuses on fostering a sense of belonging, understanding and acceptance among young people exploring their gender identity and sexual orientation. They are committed to their mission of creating safe and inclusive environments for all young people. Through continued advocacy, support, and community-building initiatives, Minus18 strive to ensure that all LGBTQIA+ youth feel seen, heard and valued in a world that celebrates diversity and embraces love in all its forms. 


Providing vital resources 

One of the core functions of Minus18 is providing vital resources and support networks for LGBTQIA+ youth. Through their online platform they offer information, articles, and guides covering diverse topics including coming out, mental health, and navigating relationships. These resources serve as valuable tools for young people seeking guidance and reassurance on their journey of self-discovery. 


Creating inclusive events 

In addition to their online presence, Minus18 organises a variety of inclusive events and programs aimed at fostering a sense of community and belonging. From gatherings and workshops to larger social events like the annual Queer Formal, these initiatives provide LGBTQIA+ youth with opportunities to connect with others, celebrate their identities and feel accepted for who they are. By creating safe spaces where young people can express themselves freely and authentically, Minus18 plays a pivotal role in preventing feelings of isolation and discrimination. 


Advocacy and education 

Beyond direct support, Minus18 is also actively involved in advocacy and education to promote LGBTQIA+ inclusivity and acceptance on a broader scale. Through partnerships with schools, government agencies and community organisations, they work to implement policies and practices that prioritise the wellbeing and rights of LGBTQIA+ youth. Additionally, their educational programs aim to challenge stereotypes and promote understanding to create a more inclusive society for future generations. 


The impact of Minus18’s work is significant. Through their programs, they continue to support and transform the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth.  

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