Supporting a safe and strong LGBTQI+ youth community

Alisha Elliott, Head of Policy Programs - Australia & New Zealand – March 18, 2021

It’s National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence this Friday 19 March, and Facebook continues to be a partner of this annual event focussed on equipping young people with the tools and skills to combat bullying. 

Equipping young people to manage their online experience is a collaboration amongst parents, teachers, industry and young people themselves. Facebook has been working to support the safety of all young people through partnerships with PROJECT ROCKIT, consultations like the Design Jam and our own products and safety tools, however some groups of young people may disproportionately experience bullying. One of those groups is LGBTQI+ young people. For young people—including LGBTQI+ youth and other vulnerable groups—additional tools, resources and support are helpful to create safe and inclusive online spaces for expression and belonging.  This year we worked in partnership with Black Rainbow, Trans Pride Australia, ACON, Twenty10, and Minus18 to refresh the ‘Safe and Strong’ guide with new safety products and updated information from community organisations. The guide also features inspiration from local queer creators including Cub Sport Jeff Van Der Zandt, AJ Clementine and more. 

Through resources like this guide, we want to encourage young people, and LGBTQI+ youth in particular, to protect their online space, own their feed, manage their time spent and be empowered to have a positive online experience. 

Today, we are sharing a new suite of shareable assets from the Safe and Strong guide to support our community when using Facebook and Instagram to have a safe and positive experience online this National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. 

The guide features unique artwork from Jessica Johnson for Nungala Creative, and was designed by Cameron Jeong. You can find more resources to support the safety of young people at our Facebook Youth Portal.

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