Writing Themselves In 4
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 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.
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).
For access to these reports in an alternative format, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Key figures slide set
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
- "Coming out is getting easier for LGBTQA+ youth, but not for everyone"an article from ABC News Online
- "Mental health crisis among young LGBTQA Australians" a video clip from ABC News
- "National survey finds safety and affirmation essential fundamental needs for LGBTQA+ young people" an article from ABC News Online
- Well Well Well on JOYFM a podcast interviewing in depth the lead investigator Associate Professor Adam Bourne
- Queer View Mirror on RRRFM a podcast interviewing two young trans and queer advocates and the lead investigator Associate Professor Adam Bourne discussing the findings of Writing Themselves In 4.
- "Over 80 percent of lgbtqa+ young people experience high levels of psychological distress, new aussie survey finds Mental health crisis among young LGBTQA Australians" an article from MTV News Australia