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This week is Homelessness Week, which is a time to talk about the impacts of homelessness for Australians.

Homelessness affects LGBTIQA+ people more/differently than other populations due to issues such as stigma and family violence. While some research has been done on this topic (including reports in our Resource Library) we still need more data about the experiences of LGBTIQA+ communities.

The good news is this is changing. For example, Twenty10, the National LGBTI Health Alliance, ACON, the Gender Centre, OII Australia (now Intersex Human Rights Australia) and members of the Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Practitioner Advisory Group worked together with Family and Community Services (FACS) to start collecting data about gender and sexuality for people accessing organisations that are funded by SHS. Twenty10 provided training to providers around New South Wales to share knowledge about inclusive practice to make sure this data collection is done safely. Over the years to come, we hope these changes will lead to greater understanding of the issues faced by our communities.

You can read more about why data collection is important in this blog post.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans*, Transgender, Non-Binary, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual etc. (LGBTIQA+) Still not making sense?