Panel: LGBTIQA+ research and experience
- Wednesday 1 November 2017
- Murdoch Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, UWA
- General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni
Dissidence and Discrimination: LGBTIQA+ research and experience
New insights into LGBTIQA+ sex work, “gay wedding cake” disputes, and non-binary identities
The UWA LGBTIQA+ Working Group and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies are pleased to present a panel offering new research and experiential insights into some of the key issues within the LGBTIQA+ community.
Liam Elphick, Lecturer, UWA Law School.
Liam Elphick will look at religious exemptions to LGBTIQA+ anti-discrimination law protections. The right to be treated equally and religious freedom have long clashed in anti-discrimination laws, particularly in regards to the LGBTIQA+ community. This has been borne out by various “gay wedding cake” disputes overseas, where bakery owners have been sued for refusing to bake same-sex wedding cakes on religious grounds. Liam argues that, contrary to public discourse in recent times, religious exemptions in Australia should not be expanded in the event that the marriage equality postal vote returns a “yes” result.
Misty Farquhar, PhD researcher, Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education.
Misty Farquhar argues that human rights discourse centres around freedom and equality, but these ideas only become truly valuable when paired with social recognition. While there has recently been increased recognition of same-gender attracted people, those who do not fit into a socially normative binary definition of sexuality and/or gender have not reached the same level of recognition. Misty’s presentation will explore what it means to be non-monosexual/non-binary, and proposes strategies to increase social recognition.
Paul J. Maginn, Programme Co-ordinator, Urban and Regional Planning (Masters) at UWA.
Paul Maginn will explore concepts of “cosmo-sexuality” and “sextarianism,” arguing that cities (and regional areas) constitute spaces where diverse sexualities coexist—but not necessarily equally and openly. This inequity and opaqueness are a function of “sextarianism,” that is, the individual and institutional ideas, beliefs, policies and practices that discriminate against, stigmatise and criminalise sexual minority groups and spaces. Paul will highlight the socio-spatial (in)visibility and marginalisation of LGBTIQA+ sex work(ers).
Lena Van Hale, sex worker and peer educator at Magenta, the WA sex worker support service.
Lena Van Hale will explore how, as a trans sex worker and a highly fetishized identity, navigating common misconceptions about sexuality and gender becomes simultaneously a full time job and a major barrier to one. Lena’s presentation uses lived experience to show how systemic discrimination impacts on the lives of sex workers and trans-feminine people, by showcasing mechanisms for navigating stigma and offering strategies for allies.
- Refreshments will be provided after proceedings, courtesy of the UWA LGBTIQA+ Working Group.
UWA is the first and only Australian university to achieve elite Platinum Status at the 2017 Australian LGBTI Inclusion and Diversity Awards. The University proudly flies the rainbow flag, supports marriage equality, and sponsors PrideFest.