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In/visibility on campus? Gender and sexuality diversity in tertiary institutions

Ferfolja, T, Asquith, N ORCID: 0000-0002-2494-3391, Hanckel, B and Brady, B 2020 , 'In/visibility on campus? Gender and sexuality diversity in tertiary institutions' , Higher Education , doi:

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This paper draws on the largest and most comprehensive Australian research to date thatexplores the campus climate for sexuality and gender diverse (SGD) people at one university.Using a mixed-method approach that incorporated an online survey open to all students andstaff (n = 2395), face-to-face in-depth interviews with key stakeholders (n = 16) and an onlinedocument analysis, the study explored participants’ perceptions and attitudes to sexuality andgender diversity on campus, experiences of in/exclusion, (un)safe places, visibility in publiconline documents, and the campus-based services available to support SGD individuals. Thefindings point to the ongoing exclusion experienced by SGD people across the university. Weshow how exclusion serves to silence individuals across multiple levels and how this, in turn,limits the visibility of, and redress for, exclusion, impacting on health and well-being. Thistension, we posit, can only be addressed safely and holistically through proactive and strategicendeavours on the part of the institution; without which, exclusion will continue to prevail.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ferfolja, T and Asquith, N and Hanckel, B and Brady, B
Keywords: sexuality, gender, heterosexism, fear of crime, university, discrimination, LGBT+, Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Higher Education
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publ
ISSN: 0018-1560
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