Dr Lynne Hillier has been studying same sex attracted young people for more than ten years and says teens are coming out younger than ever before. Lynne is an Associate Professor at La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. Her most recent study found high levels of bullying, suicide and self-harm among young same sex attracted teens.
Last year Daniel Witthaus did a road trip all around Australia on an anti-homophobia campaign called 'Beyond That’s So Gay". He travelled to rural and regional areas to hear about issues facing young gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth.
Stephen O’Doherty is the CEO of Christian Schools Australia. He says the safest way for teens to ensure they protect themselves throughout high school is to abstain from sex until they are in a stable relationship.
Louie Bendtsen is a 15-year-old from Campbelltown in south-western Sydney. He recently came out as gay to his family, friends and his Catholic school mates. He uploads videos regularly about his experiences.
Hannah Williams and Savannah Supski
This young teen couple from Melbourne made headlines across Australia last year after they were told they couldn’t attend a school formal together. Hannah Williams and Savannah Supski have since changed schools and this year opened Sydney’s Mardi Gras parade along with other gay and lesbian high schoolers.