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Sexual orientation, gender identity & asylum

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Baker Mckenzie

100 Barangaroo Avenue

Tower One, Level 46

Sydney, NSW 2000

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Sexual orientation, gender identity and asylum: Australian and global perspectives

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Despite landmark legal changes in Australia and elsewhere recognising equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people, many countries continue to criminalise and demonise the everyday lives of LGBTIQ people. In at least six United Nations member States, consensual same-sex activity between adults is punishable by death, and violence and persecution of LGBTIQ people is rife in many more countries. Claiming asylum in a Western liberal democracy on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity can be fraught. 

Fifteen years ago, members of Australia’s High Court slammed refugee decision-makers asking an applicant about Madonna, Bette Midler and Greco-Roman wrestling during a protection hearing. Surely things have changed?  

What are the challenges for an LGBTIQ person seeking asylum today? Does the Australian refugee system ensure protection for LGBTIQ people seeking asylum in Australia, and how does it compare with other refugee-receiving countries? 

Find out at a special panel event offering Australian and global perspectives on refugee protection for LGBTIQ people. 

12 December, 6:00-7:30pm

Baker McKenzie

Tower One, Level 46, 100 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

The discussion will be moderated by Ghassan Kassisieh, Legal Director at Equality Australia, and a lawyer researching Australian refugee decisions on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. He will be joined by: 

Sarah Dale, Centre Director and Principal Solicitor at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service; 

Minoo Eslami, a PhD candidate in Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW, who belongs to the Iranian lesbian and transgender network 6rang and works as an activist in exile; and  

Dr. Ruvi Ziegler, Associate Professor in International Refugee Law at the University of Reading, Associate Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple and Research Associate of the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford. 

Join us to explore the personal and institutional perceptions of gender, sexuality and the system of international protection. 

The events is free but registration is essential for catering purposes.

Find more information and view speaker biographies here.

The Kaldor Centre wishes to thank Baker McKenzie for generously hosting this event.

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