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Tell us about your life as a young LGBTQI person

The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society is a government agency that works to ensure that young people have access to influence and welfare. We also support the government in issues relating to civil society policy.

We do this by producing and communicating knowledge about young people’s living conditions; following up the objectives set for national youth policy by the Riksdag (the Swedish Parliament) and the Government and supporting municipalities in their youth policy work; distributing funds to civil society organisations, projects and international cooperation; collecting and disseminating knowledge about civil society, its working conditions, composition and development; and forming networks with relevant governmental agencies and organisations.

The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society has been tasked by the government to conduct a study about the living situation for young LGBTQI people in Sweden today. We will write a detailed report on the lives of young LGBTQI people and will also make proposals about what can be done to make their experiences better. The report will address several different areas, such as:

  • Health
  • Education
  • Work
  • Free time/leisure time
  • Friends and family

A topic that we will specifically address is experiences of so-called conversion therapy. We have interpreted this from a broad perspective and want to know more about all sorts of experiences with different methods that are used to try to change a person’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity. For example, through religious prayers, forced marriage, participation in ‘corrective’ trainings or camps, meetings with someone who is trying to ‘cure’ a young LGBTQI person.

An important part of our job is to collect young LGBTQI people’s own experiences and that’s why we are looking for young people, 13 to 25 years old, who want to be part of an interview study that is conducted during Spring 2021.

In particular, we are looking for you who have experience of migration, have experience of racism, have a disability, have experience living in rural areas in Sweden (outside of towns or cities), have experienced conversion therapy, or are a binary or non-binary trans person.

If you don’t want to be interviewed, but still want to share your experiences, you can do it anonymously through the link further down this page. The report will be published in June 2022.