The NSW Advocate for Children and Young has released the People The Voices of LGBTQIA+ Young People in NSW 2022 Report.
You can read it HERE.
The Advocate has a responsibility to consult with children and young people from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences, as well as to ensure that the voices of vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people are heard.
During the ongoing consultations and polling with children and young people, it became clear that LGBTQIA+ young people experience particular vulnerabilities and poorer outcomes across a variety of measures.
As a result, ACYP conducted face to face and online consultations with 233 LGBTQIA+ identifying young people over a six month period. This report shares their experiences on what is and is not working well for them and what changes they would like to see to make their lives better.
There are confronting findings in this report. On a daily basis LGBTQIA+ young people encounter a lack of acceptance, bullying, homophobia and in some cases violence. Despite this, they are great sources of support to one another and seek out opportunities to celebrate their identity. They are resilient and hopeful.
All young people have a right to feel safe and should be encouraged to be themselves – always. Whilst young people were optimistic that progress has been made towards realising their rights, there is still a lot to achieve.