While many LGBTQIA+ young people lead happy, healthy and productive lives, research consistently shows that LGBTQIA+ people have disproportionately poorer mental health outcomes and are at higher risk of suicidal ideation and behaviours compared to the general population.
When LGBTQIA+ young people were asked what made them feel safe and positive about themselves, their answers were remarkably simple. They wanted acceptance and affirmation from peers, families and other significant adults, and the freedom to be themselves in the community, including in health services and settings, family relationships and home environments, education settings, workplaces, and other public places.
To better understand the lives and challenges faced by LGBTQIA+ young people in South Australia, the Commissioner released a survey in November 2020. Over 80 young people aged 13-22 responded.
From the responses to this survey, the Commissioner created No Exceptions: Creating safer schools for LGBTQIA+ Students