Listening to LGBTIQ Young People

LGBTIQ+ young people

We are committed to driving positive change for LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and other young people with diverse gender identities and sexualities) young people and the organisations that work with them.

In 2018, we teamed up with the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) to have conversations with young people, and staff and volunteers in the youth sector who work with them.

We wanted to:

  • develop a better understanding of LGBTIQ+ young people’s needs, experiences and ideas, and opinions
  • identify what services or supports are currently working well
  • determine supports or opportunities that might be needed going forward.

To do this, YACSA conducted a survey and a series of face-to-face forums about the lives and needs of LGBTIQ+ young people, and we conducted a survey with the youth sector.

Thank you to the young people and youth sector workers and volunteers who gave their time to share their experiences and opinions with us. Thank you also to the Queer Youth Services Network for providing advice about the surveys.

We have now written a report about all of the conversations we’ve had and have made a number of recommendations for government agencies and the community sector about how LGBTIQ+ young people in SA can best be supported, now and in the future.

We look forward to releasing our report early in 2019 and keeping these conversations going to drive positive change.