Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration and Exile

The first of its kind Australian conference solely dedicated to the issues of LGBTIQ refugees.

14-15 November 2019

The Australian National University, Canberra Australia

Questions of sexuality and refugee or migration status remain on the margins of queer and refugee movements, policy and support services.

The first of its kind in Australia, this conference aims to bring together academics, practitioners and LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum and refugees to discuss pertinent issues of queer forced displacement and foster dialogue between official and unofficial groups invested in research and practice for coordinated solutions and better support of affected populations.

Call for papers

We invite proposals for papers and panels that will respond in diverse and interdisciplinary ways to the questions of an intersection of sexuality with a refugee status, including situations when queer people fall through the cracks of common refugee or migration pathways.

Queer people with the lived experience of seeking asylum are especially encouraged to apply.

Proposed papers may respond to the following topics or identify other areas to address:

  • Queer forced displacement and the law; 
  • Policy, advocacy and activism;
  • Health, sexuality and forced displacement;
  • Social welfare and wellbeing;
  • Identities, communities and questions of belonging;
  • Art, history and heritage;
  • Intersectionality;
  • Trauma and testimony.

For more details, download a detailed call for papers here.

Deadline for proposals is 1 September 2019. 

Please send proposals – including a title, 250-word abstract, and 100 word author biography – to Renee Dixson at renee.dixson@anu.edu.au

Proposals will be reviewed and applicants will be informed of the outcome within two weeks of the submission deadline so that we can finalise the program.

For more information visit http://bit.ly/QueerDisplacements or download the conference flyer here.

About the Queer Sisterhood

Queer Sisterhood Project is a peer-run support and advocacy group aimed to provide a space of community and belonging to queer refugee women.

The group is open to all women (based on the self-identification) who are identifying as queer (homosexual, bisexual, lesbian, same-sex attracted, pansexual) and have sought asylum in Australia because of the persecution on the grounds of gender or sexuality. Women on different stages of the protection visa application, including those who were refugees in the past and are citizens now, are welcome.

The group is run by Tina and Renee Dixson in partnership with Twenty10. At present we meet in Sydney, but we are looking to expand.

We also have an online chat for women who live in different states and territories.

if you are a queer woman who is seeking asylum in Australia, reach out.
If you are an ally, Join us as we are building a community where queer refugee women.
Donate to support this important work.

Download and share the project flyer.

For referrals and more information, send me an email.

Check out our current work here.
For media articles about queer sisterhood, visit this page.

Our work


The Channel Diverse storytelling Grant 

This project creates a video resource about navigating the life in Australia as a queer refugee woman. The content will be defined by women. The aim is to provide the information & support we wanted was there when we arrived seeking protection. It will be done as a stop-motion clip with no faces shown.

  1. The resource is produced collaboratively from the lived experience point of view. It will also equip women with skills like project management, narrating etc.
  2.  It will provide vital information for any future queer women seeking safety in Australia about existing support. Essentially it will tell ‘you are not alone on your journey’.

This project privileges and foregrounds the lived experience of queer refugee women. It’s unique as we share what we think is an effective support and vital as it tells the world that we exist. This is one of the first projects in Australia of such nature.

If you are a queer woman who is seeking asylum in Australia and you want to be a part of this work, please contact me.

Sign up to our mailing list to be the first to watch it. 

The Lesbian Inc Grant 

This project will develop and publish an informational resource aimed at service providers to better understand the experiences of queer refugee women and ensure appropriate service provision.


Sexual health: free workshop for queer refugee women

This workshop aimed to cover a range of topics in relation to sexual health including types of sexual practices between people with vulvas, psychosexual health, consent, body autonomy, STIs and transmission, and methods of safe sex. This workshop is for all women, non-binary people and people with vulvas.

It was held in December 2018.

GALFA Grant to organise a first-ever retreat for queer refugee women. 

Read about it here.

Submission to the CEDAW review of Australia.

Access the submission here.