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Supporting Same-Sex Attracted and Gender Diverse Young People of Multicultural and Multifaith Backgrounds, Executive Summary and Full Research Report 
Researcher and Writer: Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Deakin University

Deakin University and the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council Inc. (AGMC) are pleased to provide this research report to the Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen, and the Advisory Group: Carmel Guerra, CEO of the Centre for Multicultural Youth; Soo-Lin Quek, Knowledge & Advocacy Manager of the Centre for Multicultural Youth; and Matt Dixon, Director of the Equality Branch of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. The research project involved conducting a case study analysis of the needs of SSAGD (same-sex attracted and gender diverse) young people of multicultural and multifaith (MCMF) backgrounds, and how these needs can be addressed by government, and by their cultural and religious communities.Read more

Systemic Invisibilities, Institutional Culpabilities and Multicultural-Multifaith LGBTIQ Resistances 
Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli & Arjun Rajkhowa

Welcome to the Special Section of this issue of The Journal of Intercultural Studies. We thank the very patient and collegial editors, Vince Marotta and Paula Muraca, for giving us the opportunity to bring together four pieces from four renowned Australian academic-activists that specifically address how social, political, legal, religious, health, educational and cultural systems and their institutions impact on the health and well-being, human rights and sexual citizenship of multicultural-multifaith (MCMF) LGBTIQ individuals, families and communities. We use the term academic-activists deliberately as these four contributors theorise, analyse and take action in health, law, education and religion. Read more

Multiple Identities and Their Intersections with Queer Health and Wellbeing
Ruth P McNair

Questions about the nature of culture and its influence on health and wellbeing are emerging as important for health care practice, education and research. However, definitions of culture vary, and a broad definition of culture that embraces diversity, including sexual orientation, (dis)ability, sex, gender, gender identity, age and ethnicity, is contested. Read more

Queering Spirituality and Evolving Sexual Ethics
Shinen Wong

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) people from culturally diverse and religious backgrounds may sometimes feel that we must choose between keeping connected to our religious/ethnic communities while denying our gender-identities/expressions and sexuality, or connecting to a broader Australian GLBTIQ-community that is White/Anglo-dominant and normatively hostile to overt expressions of faith, religiosity and spiritual longing. Read more

A/Effective Adjudications: Queer Refugees and the Law
Senthorun Raj

Who is the ‘queer refugee’? How do we manage their feelings, emotions and experiences when assessing or supporting their claims for asylum? In contemporary refugee decision-making and litigation, numerous challenges arise when discerning what constitutes a ‘well-founded fear’ of persecution for a clearly defined ‘particular social group’. Specifically, fact-finding and credibility assessment in this area of law reinforces stereotypical assumptions about sexual citizenship, public persecution, fixed identity and immutable erotic desire. Read more