WTI4 national report - there is hope

Dear Rainbow Network members,

Today many of you joined us online for the launch of the Writing Themselves In 4 national report. The data in the report comes from a survey taken in 2019 of over 6000 LGBTQA+ people aged 14 to 21 from all over Australia about their experiences with education, homelessness, harassment, assault, mental health, community connections and more.

Many of the findings are quite distressing and you may be feeling saddened by the picture they paint and disappointed that things are not better given all the hard work you do to support and engage LGBTQA+ young people.

We want to take this opportunity to remind you that you are all doing an amazing job. The data does not reflect the experience of every LGBTQA+ young person, and does not take away from the wonderful projects, support groups or conversations you have been a part of, or the positive outcomes the young people you work with have experienced. Rather, the findings show that as a society we have a lot further to go and they make a very strong case for increased funding and support for the sector.

So please, take some time to look after yourselves, connect with peers, get out into nature, or do whatever it is that relaxes and replenishes you.
Our next Community of Practice will be an opportunity to connect with peers on March 9
2-3:30pm, you can register here

You can download the Writing Themselves In 4 report here

The animation from the launch can be viewed and shared here 

For further support:
Rainbow Door on 1800 729 367 (10am – 6 pm) or text: 0480 017 246
QLife on 1800 184 527 (3pm – midnight)
Lifeline on 13 11 14
Take care,
Warm regards,
Jessie and Jami
Rainbow Network
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