Research projects

Private Lives 2 survey: Health and wellbeing of people from sexual and gender minorities in Australia

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Principal researchers

Associate Professor Anne Mitchell
William Leonard
Marian Pitts
Anthony Lyons
Anthony Smith
Sunil Patel
Murray Couch
Anna Barrett


Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV) and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) La Trobe University


$30,000 – This project was funded by donations from the Movember Foundation

Project completion year


Project brief

The project was supported by beyondblue with funds from the Movember Foundation, with additional funds provided by the Victorian Department of Health and a La Trobe University faculty grant.

Private Lives 2 is the second national survey of the health and wellbeing of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Australians. The first Private Lives (PL1) was released in 2006 and was, at that time, the largest survey of its kind conducted anywhere in the world. In 2011, 3,835 GLBT respondents successfully completed PL2. The report (available to download from shows the great diversity of experiences that are encountered within the GLBT community.

The survey found that, despite moderate improvements in their general health, the mental health of the PL2 sample remains markedly poorer than that of the general population. The most common health conditions among PL2 participants were depression and anxiety/nervous disorders, with depression rates ranging from a high of 50 per cent of trans males to a low of 24.5 per cent of males.

Nearly 80 per cent of the total PL2 sample had experienced at least one episode of intense anxiety in the 12 months prior to completing the survey. Trans male and trans female respondents were considerably more likely than male and female respondents to report that they had often experienced episodes of intense anxiety over the past 12 months, with trans males nearly 2.5 times more likely than other males completing the survey (23.9 per cent versus 9.2 per cent). Lesbians, bisexual and other identified women were more likely to report an episode of intense anxiety in the past 12 months than their male counterparts. Approximately a third more lesbians than gay men reported that they had often experienced episodes of intense anxiety in the past 12 months (14.3 per cent versus 9.6 per cent) and this ratio more than doubles for bisexual women compared with bisexual men (approximately 21 per cent versus 10 per cent).


  • Find out more about beyondblue’s GLBTI program for information on how beyondblue is addressing the mental health and wellbeing of GLBTI people

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