Tasmanian Premier launches major Tasmanian LGBTIQ+ study led by TILES Deputy Director
The Tasmanian Premier, Jeremy Rockliff, has released the results of the largest ever survey of the state's LGBTIQ+ community, featuring research undertaken by TILES Deputy Director Associate Professor Angela Dwyer, Dr Ruby Grant, TILES Research Higher Degree student Ash Barnes, and TILES Adjunct Researcher Dr Ron Mason.
The report, “Just listen properly, like with intent”: LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians Telling us the Story was launched at a special event on Wednesday 4 May at Parliament House in Hobart to coincide with the 25th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
The study was commissioned by the state government and aimed to collect LGBTIQ+ people’s experiences of Tasmanian government services and life in Tasmania.
Associate Professor Angela Dwyer stated, "Over 800 LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians were part of the research ... Key priorities identified in the survey were more resources for mental health, more training for health care providers, more inclusive schools, safety on the street and at home, and greater support for rural, elderly and transgender members of the LGBTIQ+ community."
Premier Rockcliff stated that the issues "will require multifacted social economic policy and legislative changes and resourcing to address."
Equality Tasmania President and long-time Tasmanian activist Rodney Croome delivered a speech at the launch noting, "The 25th anniversary of homosexual decriminalisation reminds us how far the Tasmanian LGBTIQ+ community has come since it was a crime to be gay."
The report will form the basis for a new statewide LGBTIQ+ framework and action plan.
Key findings include:
- 2 in 3 LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians are somewhat or very happy with their lives;
- 64% of LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians reported feeling somewhat safe or very safe in public places;
- 1 in 3 LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians have experienced abuse at home or work, and 80% did not report this to anyone;
- 1 in 20 LGBTIQ+ Tasmanians have undergone formal conversion practices.
About 100 people attended the launch.
Associate Professor Angela Dwyer speaking at the report launch. Photo by Ruth Forrest.