In celebration of World Pride, we complied articles, reports and media coverage from our researchers on topics related to LQTBQIA+ community, with a focus on young people.

Reports and Media

Social Media Insights from Sexuality and Gender Diverse Young People During Covid-19

By Dr Benjamin Hanckel & Dr Shiva Chandra

This ground-breaking research set off to explore what lockdowns were really like for LGBTQIA+ young people and the role social media plays in their health and wellbeing. As one of the largest qualitative studies in Australia on the topic, 65 LGBTQIA+ people aged 16–30, from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, were interviewed. The report details young LGBTQIA+ people’s experiences using social media and provides recommendations on how we can support their mental health and general wellbeing.

By Dr Shiva Chandra, Dr Benjamin Hanckel & Prof Amanda Third

Ran by the Young and Resilient Centre at the ICS, this project aims to connect young people with other rainbow families and to value and celebrate the diversity in these families. The Little Rainbows project stems from a need within the LGBTQ+ family community for a resource to support young people in these families to navigate and communicate their family dynamics to other families.

The Wellbeing Health and Youth Commission (W&HY), which the Young and Resilient Centre runs, had its first Research Pride webinar in June. This webinar focused on how LGBTQIA+ young people can be better engaged in youth health research. Everyone involved, including our panelists (young people, researchers and advocates), shared insights that will help change how health researchers and policy-makers engage with the LGBTQIA+ community in this country.

Celebrating World Pride at Young & Resilient: A letter from Y&R Directors

A letter from Co-Director Amanda Third and Acting Co-Director Benjamin Hanckel of the Young and Resilient Research Centre in in celebration of World pride and our LGBTQIA+ research.

How Do We Design Social Media Platforms That Are Safer For Marginalised Youth?

By Dr Benjamin Hanckel & Dr Shiva Chandra

In this episode of Draw History, Ben and Shiva examine the complexity of community, what risks are inherent in some social media interactions, and how platforms can foster diversity and feelings of safety for marginalized young people. This discussion is the follow-up from Ben and Shiva's co-authored research into young LGBTQIA+ people's use of social media during COVID lockdowns, which can be found here.

By Dr Shiva Chandra

In this essay, Shiva Chandra talks about the term ‘normativity’ and finding belonging, love, joy, meaning and happiness in ways that feel right for each individual.

Coming Out while Locking Down

Featuring By Dr Shiva Chandra, Dr Benjamin Hanckel in Future Makers' sixth edition. Despite facing difficulties during lockdown, young lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, and asexual, (LGBTQIA+) people found solace and comfort from social media and online communities.

Pride Interview: Dr Benjamin Hanckel

In the lead up to World Pride Deniz Agraz from spoke to Y&R Acting Co-Director Dr Benjamin Hanckel about his interests and passions for LGBTQIA+ initiatives and some of his recent research.

By Dr Benjamin Hanckel

Benjamin Hanckel's review of Queer Youth and Media Cultures was published in the Journal of LGBT Youth in 2016. Queer Youth and Media Cultures is a crucial edited collection that examines how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) identities are constructed, performed, and represented in television, movies, and new media spaces.

By Dr Benjamin Hanckel

Accurate data collection from LGBTIQ+ communities is crucial for public health research and the provision of equitable services. Co-authored by Ben Hanckel, this paper reviews a selection of international surveys from the last ten years. It presents a case study of data collection in an Australian mixed-methods study of LGBTQ+ young people's uses of social media. The research explores some of the obstacles to collecting data from trans, gender-diverse and non-binary (TGD) communities and the difficulties in synthesizing meaning about fluid or multiple identity categories.

Authors: Son Vivienne, Benjamin Hanckel, Paul Byron, Brady Robards, Brendan Churchill

By Dr Benjamin Hanckel

Co-authored by Benjamin, this paper examines how queer young people in Australia engage in an online community to address their marginalisation and oppression. The findings indicate that the community not only provides a sense of belonging for the participants and reduces their experiences of isolation but also connects them to resources and networking opportunities that foster political participation.

Authors: Benjamin Hanckel, Alan Morris

By Dr Benjamin Hanckel

Analysing survey data from 1,304 LGBTQ + young people in Australia collected in 2016, this paper considers key distinctions between the experiences of bisexual and pansexual participants and lesbian and gay participants in relation to social media use and aspects of connection, harassment and mental health.

Authors: Benjamin Hanckel, Brady Robards, Brendan Churchill, Son Vivienne, Paul Byron, Rosie Nelson

By Dr Shiva Chandra

Shiva Chandra's paper studies the idea of a 'post-gay' identity, suggesting that sexuality no longer remains a pivotal identifier of gay men's sense of self. This concept provides a useful framework for theorising how gay men's identities include and go beyond their sexuality. This study contributes to a deeper understanding of diverse gay male identities in contemporary multicultural Australia.

By Dr Shiva Chandra

Also authored by Shiva, this paper draws on a study of 15 gay men of South Asian descent in Australia. Shiva's research looked into how coming out can lead to positive developments in family relations, even if they exist alongside negativity about one's sexuality.

Authors: Jennifer Wilkinson, Shiva Chandra

By Dr Shiva Chandra & Benjamin Hanckel

LGBTQIA+ young people carefully curate social media spaces to find similar others in careful ways. However, more needs to be understood about how existing connections to families of origin (re)shape social media practices. Drawing on interview and focus group data with 65 LGBTQIA+ young people, this paper examines family considerations in social media practices and curation strategies.

By Dr Shiva Chandra & Dr Benjamin Hanckel 

Workplaces are increasingly looking to expand their equity and diversity work to understand how to address aspects of identity that intersect with gender or sexuality and with genders and sexualities beyond binary (M/F) understandings. Our researchers held roundtable consultations with external stakeholders who would benefit from intersectional diversity and inclusion research. These discussions allowed them to tailor their research and ensure their priorities are considered in future studies, as well as ensuring that our research has real-world utility.

Authors: Benjamin Hanckel, Shiva Chandra, Lucy Nicholas, Jacqueline Ullman, Tania Ferfolja

By Dr Benjamin Hanckel

This paper draws on the largest and most comprehensive Australian research that explores the campus climate for sexuality and gender-diverse (SGD) people at one university. The findings of the survey illustrate how exclusion serves to silence individuals across multiple levels and how this, in turn, limits the visibility of and redress for, exclusion, impacting health and well-being.

Authors: Tania Ferfolja, Nicole Asquith, Benjamin Hanckel & Brooke Brady

By Dr Benjamin Hanckel

Before Tumblr came along, the internet had long been considered a valuable resource for LGBTIQ+ people to find connections, friendships, and a sense of belonging in heteronormative and sometimes hostile worlds. A survey conducted in 2016 found that young LGBTIQ+ people in Australia were five times as likely to use Tumblr. This paper looks at why Tumblr is so appealing to young LGBTIQ+ people.

Authors: Brady Robards, Paul Byron, Brendan Churchill, Benjamin Hanckel, and Son Vivienne

To see what our friends at the Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) have been working on in this space, visit ICS website here.