The Glisten Project has launched a survey of same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people in the St George and Sutherland regions of Sydney.

Part of St George Youth Services and formerly known as the Gay and Lesbian Youth Social Support Network (GLYSSN), Glisten has been reviewing its activities, and hopes the survey of young people in the area will help guide the future direction of the project.

“Glisten has been around in various forms for 16 years now, and it is always important for community projects to remain relevant and in touch with the needs of the community,” Glisten project officer Bryn Hutchinson said.

“In consultation with organisations like the Gender Centre, young people and the projects steering committee, we decided to change the GLYSSN branding so as to include all of our target population — same-sex attracted and gender diverse young people. In continuation with this review process, we have launched the ‘Have Your Say’ survey.”

Writing Themselves In survey primary researcher Lynne Hillier has assisted Glisten in preparing the survey.

Hutchinson said ‘Have Your Say’ would be an opportunity for Glisten to increase its knowledge of the issues facing young same-sex attracted and gender diverse people in the St George and Sutherland region and would allow it to relate that to national findings.

Glisten will use the survey data to inform the work it does with schools, services and young people.

“I’m looking forward to the responses we get to the survey, as they will help guide the initiatives the project undertakes to make St George and Sutherland a more inclusive place for queer youth,” Hutchinson said.

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