Growing Up Queer: Issues Facing Young Australians who are Gender Variant and Sexuality Diverse

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Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, 2014 - Psychology - 63 pages
Report from some pilot research, Growing Up Queer, that was conducted by academics from the University of Western Sydney in collaboration with Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW, a place where young people who identify as being of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and communities, can receive holistic, relevant and innovative therapeutic and practical support. The research, based on a national online survey and focus group/workshops, aimed to investigate the issues these young Australians are facing in relation to: gender and sexuality identity; family relationships; education; work-place experiences; and accessing relevant resources and support organisations. The research also included interviews with staff from Twenty10 who work with gender variant and sexuality diverse young people. The findings of this study overwhelming highlight the serious impact that homophobia, transphobia and heteronormativity can have on the health and wellbeing of young people who are gender variant or sexuality diverse. Particularly disturbing are the findings around self-harm and suicide ideation amongst the young people who participated in the online national survey. [p.v, ed].

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