Impact of the Australian marriage equality postal survey and debate on psychological distress among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning people and allies

  title={Impact of the Australian marriage equality postal survey and debate on psychological distress among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning people and allies},
  author={Saan Ecker and Ellen D. B. Riggle and Sharon Scales Rostosky and Joanne M. Byrnes},
  journal={Australian Journal of Psychology},
  pages={285 - 295}
Objective In August 2017, the Australian Government announced a voluntary, non‐binding postal survey to seek opinion on the legal recognition of same‐sex marriage. The government encouraged public debate on the issue. This study sought to identify impacts of the Australian postal survey and associated marriage equality debate on psychological distress experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer/questioning (LGBTIQ) people and their allies. Method LGBTIQ identified… 

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