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

Ezzy, D ORCID: 0000-0002-5078-2288, Fielder, B ORCID: 0000-0003-2881-8720, Dwyer, A ORCID: 0000-0001-5152-7222 and Richardson-Self, L ORCID: 0000-0002-0010-8615 2021 , 'LGBT+ equality, religious freedom and government-funded faith-based religiously affiliated educational workplaces' , Australian Journal of Social Issues , pp. 1-17 , doi: 10.1002/ajs4.195.

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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+ peoples’ job security and career development.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ezzy, D and Fielder, B and Dwyer, A and Richardson-Self, L
Keywords: LGBT+ Equality, Religiously affiliated schools, anti-discrimination law
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of Social Issues
Publisher: Australian Council Social Service Inc
ISSN: 0157-6321
DOI / ID Number: 10.1002/ajs4.195
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