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

Asquith, NL ORCID: 0000-0002-2494-3391, Collison, A, Lewis, L, Noonan, K, Layard, E, Kaur, G, Bellei, F and Yigiter, E 2019 , 'Home is where our story begins: CALD LGBTIQ+ people’s relationships to family' , Current Issues in Criminal Justice, vol. 31, no. 3 , pp. 311-332 , doi: 10.1080/10345329.2019.1642837.

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There is a lacuna in the research about LGBTIQ+ people’srelationships to family, and in particular, their experiences offamily violence and how these experiences vary for people whoalso identify as culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD). In thispaper, we explore the impact of the 2017 Australian MarriageEquality vote on CALD LGBTIQ+ people residing in GreaterWestern Sydney (GWS), which is one of the most culturally andlinguistically diverse areas of Australia, and where there was asignificant ‘no’ vote. The 14-week campaign before the MarriageEquality vote resulted in significant social and individual traumaand damage to existing, fraught family relationships for LGBTIQ+Australians (Ecker & Bennett, 2017). The findings from thisresearch highlight that while CALD LGBTIQ+ people experiencehigh levels of family violence at the time of coming out andduring events such as the Marriage Equality vote, families are alsoan incredible source of support when CALD LGBTIQ+ are acceptedby their families and wider communities. This paper documentsthe experiences of CALD LGBTIQ+ people’s relationships andreports on the findings from a survey with CALD LGBTIQ+ peoplein GWS.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Asquith, NL and Collison, A and Lewis, L and Noonan, K and Layard, E and Kaur, G and Bellei, F and Yigiter, E
Keywords: sexuality, gender, family violence, family relationships
Journal or Publication Title: Current Issues in Criminal Justice
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1034-5329
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/10345329.2019.1642837
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