About the Study

Queer Generations: Belonging and sexual citizenship among gender and sexual minority youth

What is this study about?

We are doing this study to learn more about the experiences of two different generations of gender and sexual minority youth growing up in Australia and the sources of support they found most useful.

The reason we want to know about your experiences of growing up as a LGBTQ young person is to highlight the types of programs and support young LGBTQ people find useful in transitioning to healthy adulthood.

This study aims to:

  • Explore the interests and experiences of two social generations of LGBT people (those aged 16-25 years in the mid 1990s, and those aged 16-25 years today) as they enter adulthood;
  • Find out what was happening politically and socially at the two different points in time, particularly around LGBT issues and how this impacted upon the young people’s experiences;
  • Find out what educational, social, cultural and work-related opportunities were available in the mid 1990s and are available for young LGBT people today;
  • Find out whether the support available to young people in the 1990s and today affects young people’s feelings with regard to equality and their right to be recognised, participate, contribute and belong.


Who are we looking for?

The study might be a good fit for you if you:

  • Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ)
  • Were born in the 1970s
  • Were born in the 1990s
  • Grew up in Melbourne, Kyneton, Sydney, Lismore, Perth or Albany


What would happen if I took part in the research project?

  • The research only continues if you meet all the selection criteria above, and if you are willing to participate voluntarily.
  • You will be invited to attend a focus group discussion that will take approximately two hours. The focus group will comprise of 10 participants and will involve sharing personal experiences in a safe and confidential environment. During the focus group a member of the research team will ask questions about your experiences of growing into adulthood as a LGBTQ young person and the sources of support that you found to be most useful.
  • Following the focus group you will have the opportunity to sign up to an additional individual interview to talk about your experiences for approximately one hour. In this interview the researcher will expand on the focus group qustions.
  • With your permission we will digitally record the focus group and individual interviews using an audio tape.


How is my personal information protected?

Your privacy is very important to us. We are committed to research ethics and will safeguard your personal information.

  • Names will be replaced by pseudonyms and third parties, geographical locations and services will be anonymised.
  • You can decide what kind and how much information you want to share with us.
  • All data will be kept confidential and will only be used for the purpose of this research study.
  • You can withdraw from the study at any time. If you decide to leave the research study, the researchers will not collect additional information from you.
    • If you take part in a focus group, you are free to stop participating at any stage or to refuse to answer any of the questions. However, it will not be possible to withdraw your individual comments from our records once the group has started, as it is a group discussion.
    • If you take part in an individual interview, you are free to stop the interview at any time. Unless you say that you want us to keep them, any recordings will be erased and the information you have provided will not be included in the study results. You may also refuse to answer any questions that you do not wish to answer during the interview.


Will I be paid to take part in the research project?

You will be reimbursed with a $20 gift voucher as token recompense for your time and effort, and as a partial reimbursement of any local travel costs associated with the research study.


Where can I find information about the project’s commitment to Human Research Ethics?

For information and contact details related to project ethics in regard to data collection, please see: https://queergenerations.org/about-the-study/human-research-ethics/


Who do I contact if I want more information or want to take part in the study?

If you would like more information or are interested in being part of the study please use the contact form, or email us here.