Home Is Where Our Story Begins is a project initiated by the New South Wales LGBTIQ Domestic and Family Violence Interagency (The Interagency) following the Marriage Equality vote in 2017. The Interagency identified that LGBTQ+ people living and working in Greater Western Sydney (GWS) may have encountered increased harms from the public vote, and were interested in investigating the unique features of life for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) LGBTQ+ people living in a region that rejected the proposition for marriage equality.
This project has captured the rich and diverse life experiences of CALD LGBTQ+ people living and working in GWS, including stories about the critical importance of family and community to LGBTQ+ people during the coming out process and during the Marriage Equality vote.
We have also begun to shine a light on the traumatic experiences that stem from family exclusion, exile from family and family violence. It is important to note from the outset, that these negative relationships with family are not unique to culturally and linguistically diverse LGBTQ+ people. Nor are our participants’ religious and/or cultural backgrounds necessarily linked to their experiences of family violence.
To learn more about family violence in the LGBTQ+ community, click here.
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