Child and youth voice research findings

Experiences of COVID-19 for takatāpui, queer, gender diverse, and intersex young people

AUTHOR: Ministry of Youth Development | Point and Associates

This 2021 report explores Rainbow young peoples’ (16-24 year-olds) experiences of COVID-19 during alert level 3 and 4 lockdowns and the pandemic generally. Data was collected via  an online survey (482 responses), a roundtable of Rainbow organisations, interviews, and a focus group.

Key findings included

  • Rainbow young people experience alarming levels of mental distress and COVID-19 has intensified this.
  • Some young people were not safe in their bubbles.
  • Most respondents had problems accessing what they needed during alert level three and four lockdowns.
  • Lack of meaningful connections, anxiety over COVID-19, and lack of access to mental health services significantly impacted on young people’s wellbeing during lockdown.
  • The most significant impacts around high levels of depression, anxiety, loneliness, and isolation remained the same for young people in and out of lockdowns.

Looking toward the future:

  • Access to mental health support, financial security, and feeling accepted and celebrated will help young people to live a good life now, and in the future.
  • Young people in LGBTQIA+ communities have big plans for the next two to three years, including more training and education, looking for a job or heading overseas.
  • LGBTQIA+ specific support , Government action on Rainbow inequalities, Emergency Housing and sustained funding can all help support LGBTQIA+ communities during the pandemic and into the future.

Read the full report

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