Research projects

A Closer Look at Private Lives 2: Addressing the mental health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Australians

Principal researchers

William Leonard
Dr. Anthony Lyons
Emily Bariola


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



Co-funded with

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This research project was funded by Beyond Blue with donations from The Movember Foundation.

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Project brief

A Closer Look at Private Lives 2 is a companion to the second Private Lives report released in 2012.

The first Private Lives was released in 2006 and at the time was one of the largest reports on LGBT health and wellbeing anywhere in the world. Both the first and second reports provided a snapshot of LGBT Australians' everyday lives. They included demographic data on diversity within LGBT communities and data on LGBT Australians' physical and mental health, health service use, relationships, experiences of discrimination and community connections.

This companion report, in contrast, focuses on the mental health and wellbeing of LGBT Australians. It relies on the mental health data from Private Lives 2 and looks, in detail, at variations in psychological distress and resilience between LGBT and mainstream communities and variations within LGBT communities according to gender identity, sexual identity, age and socio-economic status. It also looks at the relationships between LGBT Australians mental wellbeing and their experiences of heterosexist discrimination, drug use, LGBT and mainstream community engagement, and health service use.

The objectives of this research project are to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBT Australians through:

  • identifying relationships between indicators and risks and resilience among specific LGBT sub groups
  • disseminating findings to the academic community with a particular focus on determinants of higher rates of depression and anxiety among LGBT people, thereby improving best practice in this area
  • enhancing existing LGBTI training and resources for health, community and education sectors nationally.

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