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LGBT+ equality, religious freedom and government-funded faith-based religiously affiliated educational workplaces


Ezzy, D and Fielder, B and Dwyer, A and Richardson-Self, L, LGBT+ equality, religious freedom and government-funded faith-based religiously affiliated educational workplaces, Australian Journal of Social Issues, 57, (1) Article 185-201. ISSN 0157-6321 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/ajs4.195


Religiously affiliated schools employ a substantial portion of the Australian educational workforce. These religiously affiliated schools are exempt from Australian state-based anti-discrimination legislation in varying degrees. This can have a devastating effect on LGBT+ employees. While NSW has broad exemptions to anti-discrimination legislation, in contrast Tasmanian anti-discrimination legislation provides very limited exemptions. This paper examines and compares the experiences of ten LGBT+ teachers employed in religiously affiliated schools in Tasmania and New South Wales. The aim of this paper is to document the differing experiences of these LGBT+ teachers, examining whether the distinctive state-based legislation has an impact on their lives. The small number of cases examined here suggests that the state difference in anti-discrimination legislation has a significant impact on LGBT+ peoplesí job security and career development.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:LGBT+ Equality, Religiously affiliated schools, anti-discrimination law
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology of religion
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Workforce transition and employment
UTAS Author:Ezzy, D (Professor Douglas Ezzy)
UTAS Author:Fielder, B (Dr Bronwyn Fielder)
UTAS Author:Dwyer, A (Associate Professor Angela Dwyer)
UTAS Author:Richardson-Self, L (Dr Louise Richardson-Self)
ID Code:147229
Year Published:2021
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP200100395)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Social Sciences
Deposited On:2021-10-20
Last Modified:2022-07-19

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