from blues to rainbows

From blues to rainbows: a national Australian research project for gender diverse, trans*, and intersex young people

Dr Lizzie Smith: / 03 94798732 Dr Tiffany Jones: / 02 6773 3847 Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society 215 Franklin Street Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia T +61 3 9479 8700 F +61 3 9479 8711 La Trobe University School of Public Health and Human Biosciences Faculty of Health Sciences



What is the ‘from blues to rainbows’ project?

This national, Australian survey is for young people (14-25 years old) who identify as gender diverse, trans*, intersex, or who do not identify within the gender binary.

Professor Anne Mitchell, Adjunct Associate Professor Lynne Hillier, and Dr Lizzie Smith, from La Trobe University, and Dr Tiffany Jones from the University of New England are undertaking this research with funding from beyondblue. This project has ethics approval from the University of New England and La Trobe University.

What is this project about?

Little is known about the mental health needs of gender diverse, trans*, and intersex, young people in Australia and even less is known about what protection strategies they use, including the role of activism and self-education on gender diversity and intersex issues. This research has been designed to help address this lack of understanding and knowledge. A small group (Consumer Advisory Group) of gender diverse, trans*, and intersex, individuals—including young people—provided valuable input into the design of this research.

Who can do the survey?

‘Gender diverse’, ‘trans*’ and ‘intersex’ are umbrella terms which refer to many different ways of experiencing, expressing and identifying with sex and gender. We are interested in hearing from all of you regardless of whether you are interested in transitioning or struggle with social pressure to fit into a particular gender binary. This survey asks a range of questions to try and include everyone. There is also a section at the end of the survey where you can tell us your story.

What will I be asked about?

The survey will provide valuable information about the ways that gender diverse, trans*, and intersex young people experience a range of areas of their lives, including:

  • Schooling
  • Mental health
  • Harassment and discrimination
  • Feeling better and
  • Advocacy and self-education

How will my answers be used?

This research will be written up as a report for beyondblue, presented at professional and academic conferences, and reported on in academic journals. It is important to the researchers and the Consumer Advisory Group that the results of this research are easily accessible for gender diverse, trans*, and intersex, young people and this will take the form of a community report with the possibility of producing, or updating existing resources for young people.

What's involved for me?

This survey should take around 20 minutes to complete. You will not be able to save your answers for a later time. However, you may exit at any time without submitting and come back and start the survey again if you so choose. As well as this survey, this research project will include interviews that will be conducted online. If you are interested in participating in an online interview please enter an email address at the end of the survey.

Your email address will only be used for this purpose. Interviewees will be chosen according to a range of factors to ensure that we include a variety of people.

Will my answers be anonymous?

All responses are confidential and anonymous—no identifying details are required. Your responses will not be identifiable as yours and so once you have completed this survey, we will not be able to remove your contribution. All resulting data will be kept on password-protected computers at La Trobe University and the University of New England until five years after the end of the project. At this time it will be securely destroyed.

What if I have a question or complaint?

The research team are more than happy to address any questions or enquiries that you may have about being a part of this research. Please do not hesitate to contact them via Dr Lizzie Smith from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health, and Society, Melbourne on  or Dr Tiffany Jones from the School of Education, University of New England, NSW, on If you have any complaints or concerns about your participation in the study that the researcher has not been able to answer to your satisfaction, you may contact the Secretary, Human Ethics Committee, Research Services, La Trobe University, Victoria, 3086, (P: 03 9479 1443, E: Please quote UHEC application reference number 13-027.

If once you start you decide to stop doing the survey simply close the browser and your previous answers will not be saved.

Trans* - is an umbrella term which incorporates a variety of trans identities, including mtf, ftm, transgender, and transsexual.

Please click here to go to the survey.