Queer Displacements Conference


‘The centring of lived-experience was fantastic and vital.’

We are proud to announce the 2023 Queer Displacements Conference – the second Asia-Pacific conference to cover LGBTIQ+ asylum and migration!

The Queer Displacements is the first and only conference in the Asia Pacific designed to comprehensibly foreground protection and settlement challenges of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) forcibly displaced people. It is created to campion the voices and the lived experience of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people. The Queer Displacements conference is the space for awareness raising, solidarity, building alliances and engaging the whole of society in ensuring justice, protection and solutions for LGBTIQ+ people in forced displacement.

 The theme of the 2023 conference is Leadership, Partnership and Belonging.

The 2023 Queer Displacements is organised in partnership with Equal Asia Foundation.

There has been significant growth in LGBTIQ+ refugee-led leadership across Australia and the world. LGBTIQ+ people who have been displaced are leading work for their communities underpinned by trauma-informed principles, co-design and community accountability. ‘Nothing about us without us’ is at the heart of this growing movement. LGBTIQ+ displacement is no longer about storytelling. It is about leadership and belonging. There has been also increasing attention from mainstream services to these communities and successful partnerships for better supports. 

The 2023 Queer Displacements will foreground the leadership of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people and best and emerging practices of supports of these communities, all with a common goal of achieving belonging and ending displacement. 

Download a sponsorship pack here and make your contribution to the success of the conference.

Proposals to present are now accepted for the following indicative streams: 

  • Leadership and work of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people: what work is being led by LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people? What can mainstream services learn from leading from lived experience? 
  • Communities and belonging: What are experiences of each community within the LGBTIQ+ acronym (eg. trans refugee women)? What are the experiences of belonging within LGBTIQ+ or refugee and migrant communities? 
  • Policy, advocacy and activism: What role does activism on SOGIESC issues plays in refugee advocacy? What are the Australian and international LGBTIQ+ displacement advocacy priorities and developments? How can we reimagine ethical allyship? 
  • Partnership and best practice in supporting LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people: What are new and existing ethical partnership projects? How does safe and inclusive access to housing look like? 
  • Health and LGBTIQ+ displacement: How does inclusive and culturally sensitive access to health look like? 
  • Law and LGBTIQ+ displacement: What are the alternatives to immigration detention? Are we still not believing LGBTIQ+ applicants in assessing their claims? 
  • Intersecting movements: What are the linkages between decolonisation, climate change, disability justice, racial justice and ending LGBTIQ+ displacement? 
  • Art, history and heritage: Do we preserve any LGBTIQ+ displacement history and art? How can stories be told in ethical ways?  

Proposals can be submitted via https://forms.monday.com/forms/f93e731a2b7f3ac229b101c9b3e37d1d?r=use1 by October 1, 2022.

Outcomes of these applications will be announced late October.

You can already secure your ticket to attend the 2023 Queer Displacements. Spaces are limited! 

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2023-queer-displacements-conference-tickets-390025285127

Note that accepted speakers will be offered a free or discounted tickets. 

LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum, refugees and migrants from non-Western countries residing in Australia can apply for a scholarship to attend the conference. The scholarship can cover travel, accomodation and conference fee. 

Applications are open until November 1, 2022 and can be filled out here: https://forms.monday.com/forms/affdcd32c5abe090d39c276e9db69711?r=use1
Application outcomes will be announced in late November. 


2019 Queer Displacements conference

The 2019 Queer Displacements were organised by two queer refugee women, Tina Dixson and Renee Dixson. The conference was hosted by the ANU Humanities Research Centre that provided financial and administration support. 

The inaugural 2019 Queer Displacements conference brough together 150 attendees from 14 countries under the theme Sexuality, Migration and Exile. The program covered challenges and protection needs of LGBTIQ+ forcibly displaced people, emerging research and highlighted solutions for better support.

Queer Displacements championed the voices and the lived experience of LGBTIQ+ asylum seekers, refugees, former refugees and otherwise forcibly displaced people. Queer Displacements has created a space for awareness raising, solidarity, building alliances and engaging the whole of society in ensuring justice, protection and solutions for LGBTIQ+ people in forced displacement.

2019 Conference report

2019 Conference program