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THE SHORTLISTED PROJECTS
Indigenous LGBTIQ+ people currently experience exclusion from both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and mainstream Australian health systems and the government policies to govern those systems. This project has two components: (1) The first ever national Indigenous LGBTIQ+ roundtable to collate ‘front-line’ perspectives and solutions in response to the central issues for Indigenous LGBTIQ+ Australians. (2) A national advocacy campaign used to disrupt the heteronormative and white structures that currently exclude Indigenous LGBTIQ+ people, restricting optimal health outcomes and passively contributing to the negative health and wellbeing of the Indigenous LGBTIQ+ community, including increased suicide and self-harm rates.
This project aims to design an LGBTIQ+ community-led, political campaign to raise the profile of and seek specific resourcing within domestic, family and sexual violence policy frameworks. The project will engage an existing network of individuals and organisations already working on this issue, devise a political advocacy and representation strategy with clear priorities and goals, and then mobilise a community-led campaign around Australia. The National LGBTI Health Alliance will be partnering with Domestic Violence NSW and ACON to increase the capacity of the project.
There is a lack of research and knowledge of the housing needs for older LGBTIQ+ people. HAAG are partnering with Switchboard and Vals to jointly advocate to government for improved housing outcomes for older LGBTIQ+ people, including the Aged Care Royal Commission. HAAG will collate existing data and consult with LGBTIQ+ elders to gather anecdotal evidence and case studies to better understand the current housing situation in older LGBTIQ+ communities, the level of knowledge of available housing options and the housing needs for older LGBTIQ+ people.
Asylum seekers who claim protection in Australia due to their risk of persecution for being LGBTIQ+ are assessed using outdated, inappropriate criteria, are at risk of exploitation as they seek ‘evidence’ for their claim, and are often poorly advised. Asylum claims by LGBTIQ+ people have lower success rates than other claims, and many are returned to countries where their risk of persecution, imprisonment and murder is high. Working with LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers, Three for All will research, develop and promote guidelines and criteria to ensure fair and appropriate processes and better outcomes for this group.