Conference Stream: Intersections
Presenter: William Leonard
Presentation Title: Whose home? The support needs of newly arrived, refugee or asylum seeking LGBT young people
Program schedule: Friday 14 August 2015 at 12:00
Duration: 30 mins
This paper presents findings from a report looking at the support needs of LGBT young people who are newly arrived, refugees or seeking asylum. The pilot project was in response to anecdotal evidence from young people and service providers that services delivered to refugee and newly arrived young people did not consider the needs of LGBT young people or those young people who may be questioning their sexual feelings and/or gender identity. The pilot project involved:
• A review of government policies targeting refugee and newly arrived migrants
• A review of the academic and gray literatures on LGBT young people with a focus on LGBT young people from CALD backgrounds, including refugees and newly arrived migrants; and
• Informal and semi-structured interviews with people who work with and provide services to refugee and newly arrived migrants and government officials and relevant policy makers.
During the course of the pilot project a significant number of informants talked of the needs of LGBT young people who were seeking asylum. However, many felt they lacked the knowledge and professional expertise to meet the needs of this particularly vulnerable group of young people, while others said that this group were totally absent from organisational policies, programs and practices.
The paper concludes with an introduction to Stage 2 of the project, which is currently underway, and involves interviews with LGBT young people who have been migrants, refugees or asylum seekers and the development of draft resources and training for workers and organisations who provide support to this group.