LGBTI young people

Feeling ‘different’ can be tough, especially when you’re a teenager going through lots of changes. The most important thing is to be true to yourself and surround yourself with supportive people.

You might think you’re the only one in your school or town who feels like this, but there are lots of people just like you out there. Around 10 per cent of people across Australia experience same-sex attraction, and they choose a range of terms including lesbian, gay and bisexual to describe themselves. Growing numbers of young people are identifying as transgender or gender diverse, and we also know that there are a number of intersex people in our community. And it’s totally ok – it’s just who you are.

Being bullied or discriminated against just for being yourself can make you feel like crap. Try and remember that it says a lot more about the person doing the bullying than it does about you. If you have experienced discrimination, violence or abuse, you can report it

Because of all this stuff, young LGBTI people are more likely to experience anxiety and/or depression than their peers. If you’re going through a tough time, it’s important to understand what’s going on and do something about it.


Families like mine

If you're having trouble talking to your family about your sexuality or gender identity, Families like mine is a good place to start. Offering practical advice, it's designed to help your parents, guardians or other family members understand where you're coming from and provide support.

"Because of those little voices in your head, it's hard. Especially when you're so close with everyone in a community there's that fear factor of 'Will they still accept me?'"

- Robbie
Actor and LGBTI advocate

"In a world where there was no discrimination against sexuality, gender, I’d feel comfortable. I assume everyone would feel comfortable and... there’d be no fear in just being who you are."

- Marlee
Student and LGBTI advocate

Stop. Think. Respect.

Research shows that discrimination increases the likelihood of young LGBTI people developing anxiety and depression. Even 'subtle' things like being called names can affect your mental health, especially if it happens regularly.

That's why beyondblue's Stop. Think. Respect. campaign aims to get everyone in Australia to check their behaviour, and call other people out if they see discrimination happening. 

Helpful contacts and websites

Lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people are more likely than others to experience discrimination from health or community service providers. This might include things like a lack of understanding, or making assumptions about your partner's gender. 

beyondblue has a list of organisations to help you find a service that you feel comfortable with.