From Blues to Rainbows

Organisation: La Trobe University

Date Published: September, 2014

Author: Elizabeth Smith, Tiffany Jones, Roz Ward Jennifer Dixon, Anne Mitchell and Lynne Hillier

From Blues to Rainbows: The mental health and well-being of gender diverse and transgender young people in Australia, is the culmination of many months of engagement with gender diverse and transgender young people across Australia. Historically, transgender and gender diverse people face social and legal barriers that restrict their freedoms and dignity. United Nations international human rights principles and new Australian national legislation now provide protection for people on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. Much past research on gender diverse and transgender young people has privileged psycho-medical frames or focussed on victimisation. Conversely, in this report we privilege self-definition and actively look for alternative, positive stories.

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