The Second NSW Survey Of LGBTIQ People And Relationships is currently looking for responses from intersex and other people:
MOST OF OUR COMMUNITIES’ RELATIONSHIPS ARE BASED ON LOVE AND RESPECT. SOME ARE BASED ON ABUSE AND CONTROL
This online survey has been developed to gain a better picture of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) experiences of, and attitudes towards, intimate partner abuse.
It will also give us a better understanding of how we can improve support services for the LGBTIQ community, and how we can educate mainstream services to respond more appropriately to LGBTIQ people experiencing abuse.
The survey can be found here, at the Another Closet website.
The Private Lives 2 (‘PL2′) concluding survey report, recently launched by GLHV, BeyondBlue, the Movember Foundation and La Trobe University’s ARCSHS contained a couple of disappointing paragraphs on intersex people:
PL1 had included intersex in its terms of reference but the number of intersex respondents was 18 which accounted for only 0.33 per cent of the total sample (N=5,476). This was too small a number to provide statistically meaningful data or inter GLBTI comparisons. In the absence of the resources needed to undertake an intensive intersex recruitment strategy, it was decided not to include intersex as a separate category in PL2.
The difficulties in recruiting intersex respondents both as part of GLBTI and mainstream population health surveys suggest the need for novel strategies for engaging with this group. This is all the more pressing given the range of health and legal issues facing intersex people, and their families, as they age (Styma 2006).
The PL2 survey found “high levels of psychological distress” in LGBT communities. From GNN:
Although the new survey indicates a greater acceptance of GLBT people and improvements in their general health, the new findings present a “disturbing picture”, he said, particularly in relation to the mental health of young people aged 16 to 20 years.
The report found transgender people were also particularly vulnerable to mental health problems.
The outcomes of both studies will inform future activities by the sponsoring bodies, by the National LGBTI Health Alliance, and by government. We strongly encourage participation in the NSW study.