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Frequently asked questions
Can I share my story anonymously?
Absolutely! Our priority is your safety. You do not need to include your details in order to share your story.
Why the term Ethnic?
Ethnic was a popular term in the 70/80s to describe non-Anglo inhabitants of Australia. The academic term now is culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD). Ethnic LGBT+ recognises that definitions always belong to the definers and strongly encourages readers to self-identify. Ethnic was chosen for this website in line with its definition, that being a population subgroup with a common national or cultural tradition within a larger national or cultural group. This was done in order to capture and align with all individuals who feel they are part of a common national or cultural tradition within a larger national or cultural group.
Why do CALD/Ethnic LGBTIQA+ individuals need a specific website?
The reality in Australia is that young sexuality and gender diverse people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and religious families are less likely to disclose their sexuality to their parents than adolescents from non-CALD backgrounds, and if they do, are less likely to receive a supportive response (Hillier et al, 2010). 18% of 1000 gender and sexuality diverse respondents reported having experienced a conflict between their cultural background and sexuality/gender identity and 56% reported having experienced a conflict between their religion/faith and their sexuality/gender identity (Robinson et al. 2014).
Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans (LGBT=) people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds choose not to come out to their families due to fear of violence, discrimination or rejection, particularly young women (Poliski 2011). Intersecting identities can also lead to compounded stigma and discrimination (Poliski 2011). Some people of diverse sexuality or gender are rejected by mainstream cultures, their own cultures, as well as LGBT+ cultures (Poliski 2011).
It is important for CALD LGBTIQA+ individuals to have a safe space to share their experiences and how they navigate the specific challenges of language barriers; navigating between sexual and cultural identity and facing the compounding factors of homophobia/transphobia/biphobia and racism.
Do you provide any direct counselling or support services?
While we can’t provide counselling, there are a number of resources you can access if you need help. In the event of an emergency, or if you do not feel safe, contact emergency services (000) or one of the support services listed here.
What if I want to recall my story?
You are able to recall your story at any point. Please email us at email@example.com to recall your story and we will take it down as soon as we can.
I am an Ally, how do I support?
Allies play an extremely important role in supporting the CALD LGBTIQA+ community. The first and most practical way to support is to be aware of the language you use. Don’t make assumptions about a person’s cultural, sexual or gender diversity and speak in neutral terms such as using phrases like ‘do you have a partner?’ versus ‘do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?’.
Create safe places for people to share their stories by outwardly speaking about your acceptance for CALD LGBTIQA+ individuals.
In a workplace setting, ensure there are protocols for dealing with instances of discrimination, be proactive and have a diversity and inclusion strategy, make sure there are supports available for people from all walks of life. For more information on workplace strategy, see our resources page.