LGBTQI Refugees – Australia can do more: Queer Thinking Forum

LGBTQI Refugees – Australia can do more: Queer Thinking Forum

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24 Feb 2016
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Pitt Street Uniting Church


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Hosted by Uniting Network Australia, and Pitt St Uniting Church

The conversation on LGBTIQ refugees demands immediate attention. There is an increasing number of asylum claims based on gender or sexual orientation, yet a narrowing of the political and media conversation about race and refuges in Australia.

Whether it is providing better care, support and rights to LGBTIQ refugees within the current system or whether it is changing the political landscape of Australia so that our nation can be a welcoming refuge for those fleeing persecution based on gender or sexuality, this forum will centre on the provocation that Australia can do more.

A panel of experts will explore some of the unique challenges faced by many LGBTQI refugees, outline the current complex policy landscape and propose strategies for long, medium and immediate term action to make our Australia a place of inclusiveness and refuge from gender violence and sexually-based persecution.

NB: This is a secular discussion. People from all walks of life are invited to attend.

Professional singer Rachel Collis will be singing her song “Make Room”

Moderator:  Rev. Dr. Margaret Mayman (Minister Pitt St Uniting Church)


  • Prof. Gillian Triggs (Human Rights Commissioner)
  • Professor Dennis Altman (Acclaimed Author, Queer Wars)
  • Che Bishop (Chief Operating Officer, Asylum Seekers Centre)
  • Naomi Steer (National Director, Australia for UNHCR)
  • Imam Nur Warsame (Marhaba Melbourne)

Tickets: FREE




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