Writing Themselves In 4

Two cartoon LGBTQA+ young people look at eachother in front of a purple gradient background

In 2019, the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University, with support from Rainbow Health Victoria and Rainbow Network, asked 6,418 LGBTQA+ people aged 14 to 21 about their experiences with education, homelessness, harassment, assault, mental health, community connections and more. This is the largest ever study on the experiences of LGBTQA+ young people aged 14-21 in Australia.

The national report includes these findings and recommendations.

Writing Themselves In 4 National Report (PDF, 9MB)

Writing Themselves In 4 received generous support from:

  • The Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • The Australian Capital Territory Government Office for LGBTIQ+ Affairs
  • The New South Wales Department of Health
  • SHINE SA, with support from the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist in South Australia.

Summary reports

These reports summarise key findings from Writing Themselves In 4 that are specific to the participants who were residents
in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales (NSW), South Australia (SA) and Victoria (VIC) at the time of completion. They are designed to complement the national report by providing data relating to specific topics broken down at the state/territory level. These reports cover issues that can at times represent challenges for LGBTIQA+ young people (such as mental health, discrimination or abuse) as well as aspects of life that can enhance health and wellbeing (such as supportive relationships and community engagement).

New South Wales summary report (PDF, 5MB)

South Australian summary report (PDF, 5MB)

Victorian summary report (PDF, 5MB)

Australian Capital Territory summary report (PDF, 5MB)


For access to these reports in an alternative format, please contact arcshs@latrobe.edu.au


Journal articles

The Writing Themselves In 4 research team is currently preparing a range of journal articles that focus in on specific issues in more detail. These will be added to this webpage as they are published online. If you are not able to access them via the links below, please contact arcshs@latrobe.edu.au

  • Religious Conversion Practices and LGBTQA + Youth
    This paper examines how the experience of conversion practices aimed at changing a young person’s sexuality or gender identity is associated with poor mental health outcomes, providing evidence in support of legislation that bans these practices.

Key figures slide set

This slide set provides an accessible means of utilising key figures and data included in the Writing Themselves In 4 National Report. The slides are available to download under a CC-By attribution for use in presentations relating to LGBTQA+ health and social wellbeing. Individual slides can be copied in their entirety but should not be edited, and must be attributed to ARCSHS.

Animated video

In this animation video, members of the study’s Youth Advisory Committee members share what the findings mean to them.


Replay the launch webinar

The launch event features two keynote presentations. First from the study's lead researcher Associate Professor Adam Bourne to present the key findings. The second is from co-author Marina Carman, Director of Rainbow Health Victoria.

This is then followed by a panel discussion from co-author Associate Professor Jen Power. Thank you to our panelists Rory Blundell, Oliver Keane, Jasmine Phillips, Deb Tsorbaris and Tim Bavinton.


Highlights from the media