Magda Szubanski at Mardi Gras - Premièred her new role as Twenty10 inc. GLCS NSW Patron!
Twenty10 incorporating the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW are always an entry to watch during the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, combining a creatively constructed float with dance routines developed by the community with which they work. But this year was even more special as they were lead by the organisation's new Patron, Magda Szubanski.
Research finds 42% LGBTIQ Young people think about suicide and self harm
Twenty10 along with partners The University of Western Sydney and The Young and Well CRC recently released 'Growing Up Queer: Issues Facing Young Australians Who are Gender Variant and Sexuality Diverse'. A new study has found that 16% of young people who identify as Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Intersex or Queer (LGBTIQ) have attempted suicide and 33% have harmed themselves as a result of widespread homophobic and transphobic harassment and violence in Australian society.
More than 1000 young people aged between 16-27 years of age participated in the national research study, with almost two-thirds reporting homophobic or transphobic harassment or violence across different aspects of their lives, including in schools, families, the workplace, the streets and other public sites, such as sporting events.
Some key findings include:
- 42% had thought about self-harm and/or suicide.
- 16% of young people who identify as Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Intersex or Queer (LGBTIQ) have attempted suicide
- 33% have harmed themselves as a result of widespread homophobic and transphobic harassment and violence in Australian society.
The research also found:
- Homophobia and/or transphobia has a serious impact on many young people's educational experiences, with some changing schools multiple times and others dropping out of school altogether.
- Young people frequently witness other students who 'come out' at school being bullied and this results in many students keeping their sexual diversity or transgender status a secret, and this has ongoing
implications for these young people's mental health and wellbeing.
- Sexuality education in schools does not respond to the needs or experiences of young LGBTIQ people, exposing them to a range of social and health risks.
- Rejection by families can lead to homelessness, economic instability and/or destitution for some young people, particularly in families of different cultural or religious affiliations.
- Growing up in rural and/or isolated communities exacerbates some young people's feelings of being alone, with access to support services often limited or non-existent in these areas.
You can download a copy of the research here: new study
Our education work with schools, along with our other community capacity building initiatives remain unfunded. Help us make a difference to make schools safer for young LGBTIQ people
We all need a place to feel safe.
We all need a place to feel safe. A place to be welcomed, accepted and supported. A place to be ourselves! Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW aims to create and nurture such places for people of diverse genders, sexualities and sexes, their families and communities.
U R Not Alone - A Film made by Twenty10 Young People and ReachOut!
See why the work of Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW is important!
Young People from Twenty10 inc GLCS NSW create a Gender Identity Resource Video
Join the film's news anchors Pete and Squirrel, and special reporter Victoria Pomegranate as they investigate gender identities for young people.
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Helpful links and contacts
Kids Help Line
Kids Help Line is a free, confidential and anonymous, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25 years.
1800 55 1800
Lifeline is a free 24-hour telephone counselling service available from anywhere in Australia.
13 11 14
In an emergency, call the Police by dialling 000
QLife provide free telephone and web based counselling, referrals and support groups for LGBTI people and their families on matters of sexuality and life issues. The phone line is open 5:30pm-10:30pm 7 days a week.
www.qlife.org.au or 1800 18 4527 (freecall)
Youth Emergency Accommodation Line (YEAL)
YEAL provides a simple way for young people (under 18) to find a safe place to sleep for the night. You can check their daily updated lists on their website or call the hotline.
www.yaa.com.au 1800 424 830
Homeless Persons Information Centre (HPIC)
HPIC is the telephone information and referral service that refers people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to the services that may assist them. The service is provided by the City of Sydney.
1800 234 566 (7 days a week, 9am-10pm. Closed 1pm-2pm)
Where you'll find us
Address: Level 1, 45 Chippen Street, Chippendale
Fax: (02) 9698 3831
Metro Support: 02 8594 9555
Twenty10 admin line: 02 8594 9550
Lesbian Line: 02 8594 9595 (Mondays 5:30pm - 9:30pm)
QLife Australia freecall: 1800 184 527 (daily 5:30pm - 10:30pm)
GLCS Admin line: 02 8594 9500