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February News
Following on from the successful launch of the new Private Lives 3 report in November, we were so pleased to be part of the launch of Writing Themselves In 4 last Wednesday. This national survey of over 6000 young LGBTQA+ people covered many different aspects of health and wellbeing, and will be vital in informing policy and practice for years to come. The report is available here, and you can watch to a recording of the event here.
 
The results show that many LGBTQA+ young people have disclosed their sexuality and/or gender identity to others, and felt supported in doing so. However, young people also reported significant mental health concerns and distress, as well as high rates of verbal and physical abuse and harassment that occurred in many areas of their lives, including in their homes, at school and in public.
 
These findings require urgent attention. Much needs to be done in policy development, organisational change and service delivery across a range of sectors, including mental health, homelessness, family and peer support programs, and in educational settings.
 
To celebrate the launch of this new data, Rainbow Health Victoria is releasing another edition in our series, Research Matters: How many people are LGBTIQ? An important point made in this resource is that diversity in sexual orientation and gender diversity is higher amongst younger age groups, and needs to be taken into account even more in the design, delivery and implementation of services and programs aimed at young people. We hope you find this resource useful, and we look forward to continuing to work with you all to improve the lives of LGBTIQ people in Australia.
 
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Warm regards,

Marina Carman
Director
Rainbow Health Victoria
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Launch of our new Rainbow Tick Guide


Rainbow Health Victoria is excited to be launching our new resource Rainbow Tick: a framework for LGBTIQ inclusion in February. This updated guide presents the Rainbow Tick Standards as a set of key organising principles for any organisation developing a plan for improving LGBTIQ inclusion, while also supporting organisations on their journey to formal accreditation. Register here to attend the launch.
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Read the national Writing Themselves In 4 report


This report contains vital information about the health and wellbeing of more than 6,000 LGBTQA+ young people from every state and territory in Australia. The report shares key findings relating to experiences at school, TAFE, university, and covers other issues such as mental health, homelessness and community connection. The data will help to inform initiatives to improve the lives of LGBTQA+ young people in Australia.

Download the Writing Themselves In 4 report.
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New Research Matters: How many people are LGBTIQ? 


The latest evidence brief from our series Research Matters aims to address the current state of research relating to the number of LGBTIQ people in Australia and how a lack of population-level data limits understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of LGBTIQ people.

Download the publication from our website
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Inform the LGBTIQ+ Victorian Government Strategy


The Victorian government has released a Strategic Directions Paper to inform the upcoming LGBTIQ+ Victorian Government Strategy. Feedback closes 17 February 2021. Learn more about how to provide feedback at Engage Victoria's website.
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Watch the new Writing Themselves In 4 animation


To accompany the launch of Writing Themselves In 4 this animation video was developed to share the voices of the Youth Advisory Committee. Watch and share the video here.

Featured Resources: By, for and about young people

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OMG I'm QTIPOC
This online and in-print educational resource created by and for Queer, Trans and Intersex People of Colour (QTIPOC) young people  was developed by (in)visible with support from Minus18 and a HEY Grant
Read OMG I'm QTIPOC online
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Trans 101
This educational resource, consisting of six videos and an online booklet, aims to support anyone in the wider community to learn more about trans and gender diverse young people. The resource was created by YGender, which just celebrated its 10th birthday, and Minus18.
Visit www.trans101.org.au
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