LGBTIQ+ people

South Eastern NSW is home to many diverse communities, including people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and questioning, plus other non-heterosexual and gender fluid identities (LGBTIQ+, sometimes written as LGBTI or LGBTIQA+ to include asexual people). While data is not consistently captured for this group, it is estimated that up to 11 in 100 Australians have a diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, and / or sex variation [1].

LGBTIQ+ communities have specific health needs and often find it difficult to access safe and inclusive health services; particularly in regional and rural areas. This is because LGBTIQ+ people face significant levels of stigma and discrimination in their everyday lives, including from within the health sector. Due to fear of mistreatment, LGBTIQ+ people may be reluctant to access mainstream health services, resulting in a higher risk of:

  • self-harm and suicide attempts (especially trans and gender diverse, bisexual, queer, and asexual people) [2]
  • psychological distress, depression, and anxiety (especially trans and gender diverse, bisexual, queer, and asexual people) [3]
  • alcohol and / or drug misuse or dependence (especially gay and bisexual men) [3]
  • some STIs, including HIV (especially gay and bisexual men) [4].

You can find information about tailoring health services to be inclusive of LGBTIQ+ people by clicking the tiles below.