MCC Sydney is proud to be a member of the Welcome Here project.
The Welcome Here Project is the companion to the Safe Place Project. The Safe Place Project started over 20 years ago in response to high levels of street-based violence directed at Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) people. Local businesses signed up to become a 'Safe Pace' and put a sign on their premises to let LGBTQI community members know they could seek refuge if they were under the threat of violence.
The success of the Safe Place Project led to a reduction of street-based violence, though there is still work to be done in this quarter. The Welcome Here Project meets the community from the opposite direction. It has been created to focus on supporting local business owners and organisations in Australia to create and promote environments that are visibly welcoming and inclusive of LGBTQI people. The Welcome Here Project is targeted at all kinds of businesses—local cafes, supermarkets, bars, restaurants, gyms, theatres and cinemas.
Members of the project are known as Welcoming Places, and receive a sticker to display in their window to let everyone know that LGBTQI diversity is welcomed and celebrated within their business.
Get to know the logo of the Welcome Here Project, and support the organisations that support you.