Young Carers who are a part of the rainbow community face the same stresses and pressures as other carers. But you may also face added problems of discrimination.
For 80% of young LGBTIQA+ people, discrimination and bullying happens within their school and has a huge effect on their wellbeing and education. Compared to straight people, nearly twice as many people who aren’t straight are discriminated or abused because of their sexuality. This is even higher for gender diverse and transgender people. People with intersex variations also experience high rates of discrimination, harm and abuse.
Equality and freedom from discrimination are fundamental human rights that belong to all people, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or because they are intersex. The Sex Discrimination Act 1984 makes if unlawful to discriminate on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status against the law.
There are also many organisations and resources designed specifically to help rainbow Young Carers understand their rights and be supported to access services:
If you are in crisis or need urgent help, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.
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By calling Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737, you will be connected with an Australia-wide network of Carer Gateway service providers. They will talk through what you need and help you to find local services and support to help you.