Listening to LGBTIQ Young People

In South Australia, a limited number of groups and organisations provide safe places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) young people to access support, connect with others and express their views.

In 2018, we have teamed up with the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia to support our conversations with LGBTIQ young people and the organisations that work with them. From these conversations we will publish a report that will inform the 'state of play' for LGBTIQ young people in South Australia. It will identify what is working well and what else might be needed. This initiative also links with the 2018 'The Way Forward' consultation and the 2017 Rainbow Survey.

Engagement design to date has been in the first instance informed by service providers and/or support groups for LGBTIQ young people. The Queer Youth Network (QYN) has been active in providing advice. The QYN is a network of professionals, organisations, groups and queer community members who provide services to support queer young people in South Australia. The QYN exists to facilitate collaboration, drive consistent best practice of queer youth service provision and be a representative voice for advocacy and development of the sector.

If you work with - or are a member of - a group of people that might be interested in participating in a consult, let Kristy know at yacsa@yacsa.com.au. YACSA will also publish a survey for young people who would prefer to provide feedback online - keep an eye out for updates on this in the coming weeks.

More information about the Department of Human Services' (DHS) support for LGBTIQ communities can be found on the DHS website.