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 worked 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, as well as looked back at what young people had to say in the Rainbow Survey.

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.

The outcomes from the conversations will be announced soon and have already informed the development of the LGBTIQ+ Youth Grants Program.