Minus18 is Australia's LGBTQIA+ youth organization dedicated "leading change, building social inclusion, and advocating for an Australia where all young people are safe, empowered, and surrounded by people that support them."[11]


In 1998, mum and LGBTQIA+ champion Nan McGregor founded Minus18, hosting some of Australia’s first underage LGBTQIA+ events called "Minus18". These events were a space for young, same-sex attracted youth to meet others. Initially begun through hosting drug- and alcohol-free 'dance parties', Minus18 soon expanded into hosting other events and becoming more involved with the greater gay community in Melbourne, Australia.[3]

In 2011, volunteers at Minus18 transformed the events group into the Minus18 Foundation, and began expanding their events to include more social events outside of dances, a same-sex formal, online networking and support, and the addition of youth mentoring and resources that would later become a central part of the organization's mission.[12] [13]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "The History of Minus18" on <>. Published 2023-07-14 by Minus18. (no backup information provided)
  2. "LGBT Community Pays Tribute To Nan McGregor" on <>. Published 2022-04-20 by Shibu Thomas. (no backup information provided)
  3. 3.0 3.1 " -minus18" on <>. Published 2008-10-15 by MySpace. (no backup information provided)
  4. " v8 - Minus18: An Overview" by Robinson, Mark on <>. Published 2006-07-14 by Minus18. (no backup information provided)
  5. "Minus18 (@minus18youth) / Twitter" on <>. Published 2009-07 by Twitter. (no backup information provided)
  6. "Home |" on <>. Published 2022 by Minus18. (no backup information provided)
  7. "Minus18 - Victorian Pride Centre" on <>. Published 2022 by Victorian Pride Centre. (no backup information provided)
  8. "Micah Scott - Chief Executive Officer - Minus18 Foundation" on <>. Published 2022 by LinkedIn. (no backup information provided)
  9. "Micah, CEO Profile" on <>. Published 2022 by Minus18. (no backup information provided)
  10. "About | Minus18" on <>. Published 2022 by Minus18. (no backup information provided)
  11. Minus18, About (2023-11-12)
  12. "Minus18 - What We Do" on <>. Published 2013-05-02. (no backup information provided)
  13. Minus18, The History of Minus18 (2023-07-14)