Research

Free2Be?: Exploring the Schooling Experiences of Australia’s Sexuality and Gender Diverse Secondary School Students
This report details the findings from a 2013 nationwide survey of sexuality and gender diverse Australian secondary school students that explored the question whether school is a place where it is safe to be yourself. It also investigated links between students’ reported school climate and various measures of their school wellbeing and associated academic outcomes.

From blues to rainbows: Mental health and wellbeing of gender diverse and transgender young people in Australia
This report brings together statistical data and stories from 200 young people (aged 14-21) from every state and territory who identify as gender diverse. The results demonstrate the diverse identities and experiences of these young people, and emphasises the importance of supporting gender diverse, trans* and intersex young people so that they feel safe and welcome in all parts of their community, and can reach their full potential.

Growing up Queer: Issues facing young Australians who are gender variant and sexuality diverse 
The report investigates issues facing young Australians who are gender variant and sexually diverse. The findings of this study overwhelmingly highlight the serious impact of homophobia and transphobia, particularly considering that 42% of those surveyed had thought about self-harm and/or suicide – making LGBTIQ young people around six times more likely to consider taking their own life than their heterosexual peers. Report released in 2014

5th national survey of Australian secondary students and sexual health 2013
The Fifth National Survey of Secondary Students and Sexual Health was carried out in 2013 and involved over 2,000 Year 10, 11, and 12 students from the Government, Catholic and Independent school systems and from every jurisdiction in Australia. Released 2014

GLBTIQ teachers in Australian education policy: protections, suspicions, and restrictions
This paper by Jones, Gray, & Harris examines new Australian education policies impacting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) teachers in Victoria. Published in 2014 in Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning (Volume 14, Issue 3)

Comparing Trans-Spectrum and Same-sex Attracted Youth: Increased risks, increased activisms
Jones & Hillier compares a group of 91 trans-spectrum youth from the study to “cisgender” same-sex-attracted peers. Comparisons are made on topics including identity disclosure and support; experience of abuse; suicide and self-harm; and school experiences. Published in 2013 in the Journal of LGBT Youth (Volume 10, Issue 4)

Sexuality Education in Australia in 2011
Research into sexuality education in Australia by Anne Mitchell, Anthony Smith, Marina Carman, Marisa Schlichthorst, Jenny Walsh and Marian Pitts of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society at La Trobe University.

I can’t wait to leave school so I can get educated
Article from Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli about the absence of education and affirmation in Australian schools in relation to bisexuality (published in Redress, Aug 2011)

Writing Themselves in 3
The third national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people. Released in 2010

Sexuality Education in Australian Secondary Schools 2010: Results of the 1st National Survey of Australian Secondary Teachers of Sexuality Education
The research from the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society involved nearly 300 secondary school teachers from every jurisdiction in Australia including government, Catholic and independent schools.

Writing Themselves in again: 6 years on
The second national report (2004) on the sexual health & well-being of same sex attracted young people in Australia.

Writing Themselves in
The first national report on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted young people in Australia in 1998.

Just Kidding
A review prepared for the NSW DEC that examines sex-based harassment within the student body.

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