Rainbow Realities: In-depth analyses of large-scale LGBTQA+ health and wellbeing data in Australia


Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University, April 2024.

Rainbow Realities provides a synthesis of pre-existing findings as well as more than 50 new analyses derived from the data of six surveys of LGBTQA+ populations in Australia. These are: Private Lives 3Writing Themselves In 4SWASH , Trans PathwaysWalkern Katatdjin (Rainbow Knowledge) and Pride and Pandemic. In total, the surveys received more than 20,000 responses from LGBTQA+ people, spanning all parts of the country and a wide range of intersectional backgrounds.

The report has been thematically organised into 10 chapters relating to either a key determinant or contributing factor to LGBTQA+ health outcomes, or a topic of particular interest:

  • Mental health and suicidality
  • Income inequality,
  • Housing and experiences of homelessness
  • Discrimination and abuse
  • Family violence and sexual assault
  • Alcohol and other drugs
  • Relationships
  • Parenting and sexual and reproductive health
  • Gender affirmation and trans affirming practices
  • General healthcare
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Intersectional identities

Rainbow Realities was launched on Tuesday 9 April at the 12th Health in Difference Conference in Canberra by The Hon Mark Butler MP, Minister for Health and Aged Care.

Download report (PDF) here
By J Pope

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