We asked what matters – here’s how you responded to the 2021 Rainbow Families Survey
Late last year as part of their company-wide Impact Day, Deloitte carried out some research with Rainbow Families to better understand our members and supporters. We are very grateful to the hundreds of LGBTQ+ parents who took the time to participate!
The research gave us some valuable insights into the wide diversity of family types that look to Rainbow Families for support. It confirmed our awareness that there is no “one size fits all” type of family. There are blended families, families just starting on the journey of parenthood, multi-generational families and sole parent families. Families with lesbian mums, gay dads, bi-parents and trans and gender diverse parents.
One thing that came across very strongly is the way the needs of our children changes as they navigate the milestones of growing up. Many commented that while playgroups and other community networks provided wonderful reinforcement for Rainbow Family children, entering primary school can then mean having to confront a range of challenges.
An important thing for kids in primary school according to many participants is children having confidence and pride in their family. This is helped by having connections with families “just like them”.
The teenaged years also bring new challenges as many teenagers do not want to “stick out” as different. Resources and support for teenagers are something many families are looking to access.
Many participants also highlighted the difficulties of living in regional and rural areas, where there may not be the kind of LGBTQ+ community that exists in places like Sydney.
Overall, the survey highlighted that “community”, “Inclusion” and “support” during every stage of the journey in becoming a Rainbow Family is what really matters. These are definitely front and centre of our thinking ahead for 2021 as we finalise the events, resources and other activities we’re planning.