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!

22-23 February 2023 | Western Sydney University

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. Click here to download the concept note for more background.

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

The 2023 Queer Displacements is organised in partnership with Equal Asia Foundation and Western Sydney University.

Conference program

The first program release is out! Explore sessions here: https://fdpn964079271.files.wordpress.com/2022/11/2023-queer-displacements-first-program-release.pdf

Please note that the program is not yet final and subject to change.

Our confirmed keynote speakers include: 

  • Artemis Akbary, founder of Afghan LGBT
  • Olena Shevchenko, founder of Insight, Ukrainian LGBTIQ+ organisation
  • Marianna Polevikova, managing director of For Equal Rights, Ukrainian LGBTIQ+ organisation that evacuated LGBTIQ+ community from occupied Kherson
  • Danny Ramadan, Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and advocate for LGBTQ+ refugees
  • Ryan Figueiredo, executive director Equal Asia Foundation
  • Prof. Churnjeet Mahn, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • Bamby Salcedo, The TransLatin@ Coalition, USA

Sponsorship

Download a sponsorship pack here and make your contribution to the success of the conference. We are still accepting sponsorship.

We would like to thank all individuals who made contributions to us directly and via GiveOUT day as well as the following organisational sponsors (in an alphabetical order):

  • ACON
  • Department of Home Affairs 
  • Meridian
  • Multicultural Youth Network
  • Pride Foundation Australia
  • Rainbow Railroad 
  • Refugee Council of Australia
  • Settlement Council of Australia
  • Settlement Services International
  • Thorne Harbour Health

Direct all inquiries to conference [at] fdpn.org.au


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