I’m delighted to share some upcoming events with you, Trans Pride in a Pandemic, a four-part online forum series for trans and gender diverse people and our allies.

Developed in partnership by ACON and Trans Pride Australia with funding support by the City of Sydney. Every forum is free and all speakers are paid. Register for one, some or all forums.

Forums will take place on a Thursday between 6-7pm and include:

  1. Trans Resilience :: Coming out of COVID-19 – 10 September
  1. Trans Rights :: Protection and Justice – 24 September
  1. Femme Queen, Faafafine, Bakla :: Decolonising the T with Bhenji Ra – 8 October
  1. Gender Euphoria :: A New Narrative – 29 October

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/323717362343689/

Registration page: www.acon.org.au/tpp  


The Digital Peer Support survey gathers information about how LGBTQ+ young people support each other and themselves through digital and social media. It also explores how these practices relate to mental health and wellbeing. This survey is part of a larger study that aims to inform Australian mental health policy through evidence of LGBTQ+ young people’s mental health experiences and peer support practices.

To participate in this survey, you must be:

  • based in Australia;
  • aged 16-25 years; and
  • part of the LGBTQ+ community (I use this acronym because it’s recognisable, but as the + suggests, this includes a wide range of gender and sexual identities).

Who’s doing this research?

My name’s Paul Byron and this is part of my postdoctoral research project undertaken at the University of Technology Sydney. I have a history of researching digital and social media, along with LGBTQ+ young people’s wellbeing and peer support. You can read more about my research on my UTS staff profile.

About the survey

The survey is anonymous and participation is voluntary. You will not be asked to share your name or provide any information that reveals your identity. The survey has been approved by the UTS Human Research Ethics Committee (Ref: ETH20-5087).

The survey can be found at https://digitalpeersupport.com/take-the-survey/

Keep track of research findings

If you want to receive updates about the research project and its findings, you can subscribe to the research blog.

Other opportunities to get involved

I also plan to interview LGBTQ+ young people (aged 16-25) between December 2020 and March 2021. Interviews will follow up on key findings from this survey, and participants will receive a gift card for their participation. Interviews will be conducted online. If you wish to register for an interview, please fill out the short form at the end of the survey. If you would like to be interviewed without doing the survey, please subscribe to the research blog to receive a future announcement about this.

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