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Home is where our story begins: CALD LGBTIQ+ people’s relationships to family


Asquith, NL and Collison, A and Lewis, L and Noonan, K and Layard, E and Kaur, G and Bellei, F and Yigiter, E, Home is where our story begins: CALD LGBTIQ+ people's relationships to family, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 31, (3) pp. 311-332. ISSN 1034-5329 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/10345329.2019.1642837


There is a lacuna in the research about LGBTIQ+ people’s relationships to family, and in particular, their experiences of family violence and how these experiences vary for people who also identify as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD). In this paper, we explore the impact of the 2017 Australian Marriage Equality vote on CALD LGBTIQ+ people residing in Greater Western Sydney (GWS), which is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse areas of Australia, and where there was a significant ‘no’ vote. The 14-week campaign before the Marriage Equality vote resulted in significant social and individual trauma and damage to existing, fraught family relationships for LGBTIQ+ Australians (Ecker & Bennett, 2017). The findings from this research highlight that while CALD LGBTIQ+ people experience high levels of family violence at the time of coming out and during events such as the Marriage Equality vote, families are also an incredible source of support when CALD LGBTIQ+ are accepted by their families and wider communities. This paper documents the experiences of CALD LGBTIQ+ people’s relationships and reports on the findings from a survey with CALD LGBTIQ+ people in GWS.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:sexuality, gender, family violence, family relationships
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Causes and prevention of crime
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Gender and sexualities
UTAS Author:Asquith, NL (Professor Nicole Asquith)
ID Code:140501
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2020-08-24
Last Modified:2020-09-04

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