The way that Australia treats people seeking asylum is known to cause significant physical, sexual and psychological impacts. These impacts are particularly felt by LGBTI people seeking asylum who face discrimination on the basis of their sexuality at each stage of seeking refuge - in their homelands, the processing system and once they are in the community.
This panel discussion was focused on why the way LGBTI people seeking asylum are treated is both a human rights issue and a gay rights issue. The event raised awareness and helped to create an understanding of how the current political attitudes in Australia towards the queer community intersects with how Australia treats queer people seeking asylum.
We were thrilled to have the following panellists speak at the event:
- Anna Brown - Human Rights Law Centre
- Tina Posunkina - Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)
- Kirash Zangeneh