Writing Themselves In publications

Writing Themselves In is the largest national study series exploring the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ young people in Australia. These studies have documented high levels of harm, and examined the impact that stigma and discrimination had on the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ young people, as well as seeking to better understand who LGBTIQ+ young people turn to when in need.

Evidence from the Writing Themselves In studies enables organisations, services and government to make informed decisions about how to best support the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQ young people. Findings from the study inform the development of LGBTIQ-inclusive mainstream, and LGBTIQ-specific, youth policies, programs and services.


Cartoon graphic of two smiling people, arms round each other's shoulder: dark-skinned green-eyed person winking, wearing black hat, light pink collared shirt, gold hoop earrings, gold septum hoop and hot pink nail polish, and light-skinned dark-eyed person in white t-shirt, blue pants and black belt, with two small gold earrings.

Writing Themselves In 4

2020

This Is Me

Survey data collection for this study iteration closed in late 2019, with a record number of participants, with data analysis, trend analysis and development of the final report to continue throughout 2020.


Two non-binary young people walking down a street, one with long purple hair and a floral dress and one with an undercut, shirt and jumper, earring and septum piercing

From Blues To Rainbows

2014

The mental health and well-being of gender diverse and transgender young people in Australia

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

From Blues to Rainbows (PDF, 5.6MB)


Pile of colourful buttons, topped with a rainbow heart-shaped button

Writing Themselves In 3

2010

The Third National Study on the Sexual Health of Same-Sex Attracted and Gender Questioning Young People

Lynne Hillier, Tiffany Jones, Marissa Monagle, Naomi Overton, Luke Gahan, Jennifer Blackman and Anne Mitchell

Writing Themselves In 3 (PDF, 2.9MB)


Front cover of Writing Themselves In 2 report, with La Trobe logo, text 'Writing Themselves In Again: 6 years on' and colourful pictures of young people laughing in 90s clothes

Writing Themselves In Again

2005

6 Years On: The 2nd National Report on the Sexual Health & Well-Being of Same Sex Attracted Young People

Lynne Hillier, Alina Turner and Anne Mitchell

Writing Themselves In 2 (PDF, 1.85MB)


Grainy black and white photograph of young people with 90s clothes and hairstyles laughing and smiling at each other

Writing Themselves In

1998

A National Report on the Sexuality, Health and Well-Being of Same-Sex Attracted Young People

Lynne Hillier, Deborah Dempsey, Lyn Harrison, Lisa Beale, Lesley Matthews and Doreen Rosenthal

Writing Themselves In (PDF, 3MB)