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.
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.