WRITING THEMSELVES IN 4 - THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF LGBTQA+ YOUNG PEOPLE IN AUSTRALIA

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Organisation: La Trobe University

Published Date: February 2021

Author: Adam O. Hill, Anthony Lyons, Jami Jones, Ivy McGowan, Marina Carman, Matthew Parsons, Jennifer Power, Adam Bourne

In 1998, the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS)
at La Trobe University conducted Writing Themselves In, the first ever national survey of same-sex attracted young people in Australia. The research highlighted the marginalisation of same-sex attracted young people and identified very high levels of stigma and discrimination. Some of the first specific services and supports for sexually diverse young people in Australia were launched in response to this first iteration of Writing Themselves In. The survey was repeated in 2004 and 2010, and the series was expanded to include a survey targeting trans and gender diverse young people, From Blues to Rainbows, in 2014. Each new iteration of the study provided additional insights into the identities and lives of these young people, as well as further evidence of the importance of services that meet the needs of young people. We hope that this 4th iteration of the survey makes a similarly positive impact on the lives of young people by improving understanding of the diversity of their lived experiences; advancing advocacy; informing government policy for programs and services, and assisting health and community organisations to work effectively; empowering LGBTIQA+ young people; and improving their health and wellbeing.

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