In 2011, prompted by one in five young people (now one in four) presenting at headspace Albany identifying as “not straight” (and the generally accepted view that around 10% of the population is LGBTIQ), Andrew Wenzel (headspace Albany Manger) and AGAL coordinator Annie Arnold (Social Worker) got together to see what we could achieve by way of building better support for our community. Soon after this first meeting we founded Albay Gay and Lesbian..And Everyone in between (AGAL).
Back in 2011 when we first started out, there was a lot of discussion about what we should be called. Ultimately, we thought given we live in a small rural community, we would need a name that would be easy to search online. A lot of people didn’t know what LGBTIQA+ meant, and back then we weren’t even using the Q or the A…We asked ourselves what people would normally type into google, and at the time we agreed that LGBTIQA+ people looking for other LGBTIQA+ people or support etc locally, would probably search for “Albany gay and lesbian”. We wanted to be more inclusive of the rest of our rainbow community but we couldn’t think of anything that fit. So, in the end we agreed on “…and everyone in between”. The idea was that hopefully people identifying as bi/trans/queer/questioning/intersex/asexual etc would feel acknowledged by that.
Over the last few years we’ve heard from our community that our name was not fully inclusive and representative. So, after extensive consideration and consultation with our community, we wanted to more accurately reflect and be properly inclusive of the whole lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual and other (LGBTIQA+) community. We came up with “Albany Pride”. Pride is a word that is clearly associated with our community, is positive, inclusive of all of us.