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Snow Girl

By Nikki Winslow, 2004 1:04 minutes

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Recommended for Year 9, 10 and 11. Nikki's story is told from the innocent perspective of a child growing up unaware of the pain that lies before her in her life. She takes the audience into a child's realm of direct, simple experience. We sense her imminent loss of innocence and ostracism due to society's response to her sexual orientation.

Collection Pride, Diversity and Community

How do we grow up with sexual difference?

Nikki describes her innocence as a child before realising that she was different from her peers. “She doesn’t know that she’s soon going to face a hard life. She has no concept of fear, failure, loss, social stigma or depression. She doesn’t know how much hate and tears her life will encounter.”

  • How does Nikki portray this state of innocence through her script? How does Nikki reinforce this state of innocence through her choice of image?
  • How is Nikki different from her peers?

Research - depression

There is a strong correlation between social ostracism and depression. Homophobia is alive and well in Australia and linked to startling levels of depression among gays and lesbians according to a study to be released today.

Ninety per cent of gay and lesbian Australians still in some way curb public affection for partners and almost 60 per cent have experienced verbal abuse, the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University found.

The study, the biggest of its kind in Australia, canvassed 5500 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Almost three quarters reported past depression and nearly half reported at least one sign of a major depressive episode.

…The good news is that these troubles ease as gays and lesbians age.

“There is an enormous amount of anxiety for young people especially, but it was reassuring that older people grow out of these problems by finding safe and stable environments and good supportive groups around them,” Associate Professor Mitchell said.

‘Depression rates higher for gays’, Melissa Fyfe, The Age, 31 March 2006.

  • Someone’s sexual orientation is not the cause of their depression. What is it?
  • Why does the likelihood of depression and anxiety diminish as gay people grow older?

beyondblue is an organisation dedicated to supporting people with various kinds of depression and related conditions.

  • What are the symptoms of depression?
  • How many people in our society experience depression?
  • What are contributing factors to depression?
  • What can you do if you experience depression?
  • How can you recognise and help someone with depression?