In the media

Read, listen and watch FDPN talk to journalists on all issues regarding LGBTIQ+ forced displacement.

Forcibly displaced queer women, gendered violence, and the 16 Days of Activism against GBV 

Queering the Air / MV
29 November 2020

Content warning: This episode contains descriptions and discussions of violence against women and girls, physical and emotional abuse, sexual violence, economic abuse, isolation, and queerphobia that may be distressing for some listeners. If this type of content is a trigger for you, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, or, Switchboard Victoria on 1800 184 527 or, or contact your state-based service. 

Michele(link is external) and Niveen(link is external) speak with Forcibly Displaced People Network’s Co-founder and Chair and queer feminist academic Tina Dixson, and Board Director and policy and government relations professional Lavanya Kala(link is external), about queer women from migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker backgrounds experiencing gendered violence, their extensive advocacy work with forcibly displaced people, migration, human rights, and gender equity issues, and how to support women and girls experiencing all forms of violence in the context of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence(link is external).

Listen to the episode here.

Canberra couple start new support group for displaced LGBTIQ+ people

On Afternoons with Paula Kruger
26 November 2020

Two Canberra women are advocating for a group of people that do not always have a voice themselves, displaced LGBTIQ+ people now living in Australia. 

Tina and Renee Dixson started the Forcibly Displaced People Network describing it as the first organisation in Australia dedicated to the issues of LGBTIQ+ forced displacement.

The couple spoke to ABC Radio Canberra’s Paula Kruger about the lived experiences of queer refugee women in Australia and developing a digital archive of LGBTIQ oral histories about forced migration.

Listen to the recording here.

A Facebook post can change your life: Documents reveal how social media is used by immigration officials

ABC Science / By technology reporter Ariel Bogle
29 June 2020

“When you set up a Facebook profile, you might shave a few years off your age or use a profile picture of someone else as an inside joke. But for people seeking safety in Australia, this comes with a risk.” Continue reading here.

Egyptian Activist’s Death Puts Spotlight On Plight Of Queer Refugees

Star Observer / by Shibu Thomas
17 June 2020

“The suicide of prominent Egyptian LGBTQI rights activist Sarah Hegazi (30), while in exile in Canada, has focussed attention on the plight of queer refugees in Australia and across the world. For Renee Dixson, researcher and co-founder of the Forcibly Displaced People Network – an advocacy group for LGBTQI refugees in Australia – the news brought back some painful memories. Renee and her wife Tina had fled from their country in the face of death threats and found asylum in Australia.” Continue reading here.

Refugee Solidarity Action, Global Response to COVID 19, Queer Sisterhood Project

3CR, Queering the Air / by MV
25 May 2020

MV from Queering the Air speaks with Tina Dixson and Renee Dixson about the Queer Sisterhood Project a refugee-led and peer-run support and advocacy group aimed to provide a space of community and belonging to queer refugee women. Listen here.

Queer refugee women as invisible minority in Australia, Experts say

Star Observer / by Matthew Wade
21 September 2018

Queer refugee women are often left out of the conversation around those seeking asylum in Australia, but one same-sex couple is fighting to change that. Matthew Wade reports. Continue reading here.