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.
The next meeting is scheduled for October. Contact me for more details and we’ll stay in touch.
If you are an ally, Join us as we are building a community where queer refugee women.
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.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons in forced displacement experience compounding protection challenges and distinct vulnerabilities. Threats against LGBTI persons occur in all refugee situations, including cultural shame and stigma, life-threatening discrimination, physical violence, sexual and gender-based violence, sexual exploitation, prejudice from officials, humanitarian staff and/or refugee populations.
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I remember when a year ago I submitted my research proposal to work with the group of queer refugee women, I was still fearful inside that I would not be able to find enough women who would want to participate. I never doubted that my research was important and it would make a difference. Yet, at that time when we’ve been in Australia for almost 5 years, I only knew a few more persons in addition to me and my partner.
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