In Australia, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) are five distinct but sometimes overlapping groupings, referring collectively to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or intersex.*
LGBTIQ+ people make up a significant part of Australian society, representing around 11% of the population.
It is important that the diversity of LGBTIQ+ people and communities be acknowledged within all content.
Present information about suicide in ways that may be helpful, including:
- Personal stories about LGBTIQ+ people who have overcome suicidal thinking to promote hope and encourage others to seek help.
- Information about risk factors and warning signs, the importance of taking suicidal thoughts seriously and how to seek help.
- Reporting the impact on individuals and communities to increase understanding about the experiences of people affected by suicide.
- Reporting the broader issue of suicide including policy, practice, research, rates, trends and other areas of public interest.
Respectful and appropriate language can impact on health and wellbeing. The use of inclusive language helps to reduce stigma and discrimination.
Some key points to remember in relation to inclusive language include:
- Check people’s preferred names, gender identity and pronouns as well as those of their partner in a respectful way and confirm prior to running a story, news report or interview
- Only include details about a person’s body, behaviour or identity if it is relevant and avoid sensationalising these factors for the sake of perceived public curiosity.
Mindframe would like to acknowledge that statistics relating to suicide and mental illness in LGBTIQ+ communities are not routinely collected.
* Definition of LGBTI was taken from the Life in Mind website.