New online info for families of young LGBQ people

25 November 2013

Families like mine is a multimedia guide that offers practical advice to families of young gender diverse people, same-sex attracted and bisexual people, and those who are questioning their sexuality or gender identity.

The guide was developed because research shows that family support can have a significant positive impact on the mental health of young lesbian, gay, bisexual or gender diverse people.

Families like mine is free and will be distributed to parent groups, school councils and youth organisations across the country.

The reasons for developing it are highlighted by Australian Bureau of Statistics figures that show same-sex or bisexual Australians are three times more likely to have depression than heterosexuals and twice as likely to have an anxiety condition, largely because of the discrimination they experience. Other research shows they are also far more likely to try and take their own lives, while different studies highlight the disturbingly high levels of psychological distress experienced by transgender people.