Peak organisation LGBTIQ+ Health Australia (LHA) is calling urgently for care in the media following ongoing conversations about trans women in sport.
Nicky Bath (she/her) CEO of LHA said,” The constant media coverage about trans and gender diverse people is continuing to cause great harm, particularly for trans women. Each and every time media draws attention to this matter, there is further harm. Trans and gender diverse people are not political footballs and conversations need to be led by experts in appropriate forums with care and understanding. The election campaign is not an appropriate forum. LHA is asking the media to work responsibly and in a more balanced way with our communities and to work towards reducing the harms that have been caused.”
Research shows that trans and gender diverse people experience higher rates of psychological distress, suicidal ideation and attempts. LHA reminds media of the Australian Press Council Guidelines which outline the need to balance freedom of the press to inform against the harmful impact that reporting can have on individuals and communities.
As a result of stigma and discrimination, LGBTIQ+ people experience disproportionate rates of poor mental health and suicidality. What is happening in the news can often exacerbate that poor mental health. Please include QLife in any coverage on LGBTIQ+ people, so that those who may be distressed by what is happening in the news know that support is available. Information about QLife, further information about the impact of media coverage, and guidelines when reporting on issues that impact on LGBTIQ+ people and communities are included with this release.
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