The Private Lives report, carried out in early 2005, is one of the largest surveys of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) people ever conducted. It aimed to document aspects of the health and wellbeing of a large sample of GLBTI people in Australia, to explore the impact of factors such as homophobia, discrimination, family and community connection on health and wellbeing, and to investigate aspects of health service use. In all, 5476 people between 16 and 92 years of age (mean age 34) completed the on-line survey. This sample provides us with a detailed picture of the lives of GLBTI in Australia in all their diversity and complexity. Of the sample 63% were male and 35% were female; just over half (52%) identified as a “gay man”, 18% as “lesbian” and 10% as “bisexual”. There were 100 transgender and 18 intersex participants. There was a broadly representational spread of participants from all states and territories, and
22% lived outside major cities (34% in 2001 national census).