State of Play Report

LGBTIQA+ young people are overrepresented in the homelessness system, however little is known about their experiences within that system in Western Australia.

Structural Issues

This report aimes to document the experiences of LGBTIQA+ young people within the homelessness system, including barriers they face to entry, discrimination they experience within the service, structural issues that make services inaccessible and characteristics of LGBTIQA+ affirming service practice.

Through interviews and online surveys with workers and LGBTIQA+ young people this report found that while there were examples of excellent practice, there were also examples of significant discrimination, that exacerbated the trauma that LGBTIQA+ young people faced. Underlying this was a theme of inconsistency across the sector.

Findings

Some of the findings include;

  • A significant proportion of LGBTIQA+ young people who have experienced homelessness have never accessed an accommodation service.
  • LGBTIQA+ young people accessing accommodation services are regularly experiencing discrimination, violence and rejection.
  • Many systemic barriers exist in the youth homelessness system that prevent LGBTIQA+ young people from accessing accommodation and other services.
  • In some cases, services are conducting abusive practices such as conversion practices within their services on LGBTIQA+ young people.

Authors

This report was authored by Charlotte Glance with assistance from Kai Schweizer, Ashton Kealy, Stefaan BruceTruglio, Cheyeanne Henderson-Watkins and Rebecca Evans.

View the report here.