Queer youth transforming one of Australia’s most religious regions — the Riverina.


Living as a young queer person in a regional town is sometimes a difficult experience, but these youth are creating change. Bianca Lubke just graduated from high school and she is already achieving big things. She created a group for queer youth aged 13 to 18 called Alphabet Soup which meets every week after school at a cafe in Wagga Wagga in southern New South Wales. There they connect and participate in fun activities. “I started wearing this little pride pin and being more open about the person I was, so that meant some kids came and started talking to me, started hanging out,” she said. “They wanted to talk to someone who understood them and respected them, and especially in an environment where that wasn’t very common, unfortunately. “It’s hard, especially when you’re at school and you’re there six hours a day, five days a week. You just want to be seen and understood.”

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