This guide for LGBTIQ+ young people with cancer was developed through collaboration between young people and the ONTrac at Peter Mac Victorian Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Service.
The content is based on interviews with young people who have had a cancer diagnosis and identify as LGBTIQ+, or are still working out their sexuality and gender identity.
The interviews demonstrated that young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ experience a lack of information and support and face the
very real possibility of feeling invisible in the context of the health system.
Young people were involved in the development of Being OK... Being You every step of the way, from initiating the original idea, to informing content and design and endorsing this final product.
It is their hope that this resource will provide information to support other young people who identify as LGBTIQ+ and have cancer so they too feel safe, seen, heard and know that they matter.
We thank the following for their support: