10 questions we want to ask ethnic LGBT+ people

What was your main concern about telling your parents? Was their reaction as you expected - and what was that? Do your parents think it’s a phase? Do they expect that you will still marry? How does being LGBTIQ affect your cultural identity? Has the relationship changed between you and your family, if so for better or worse? If it went bad initially, have you tried to build bridges and was it successful? Did you have resources or another family member with you, when telling family? Do you feel able to now talk to family about your life and friends? What tips would you give to others from your culture who are beginning their journey? What do you need your family to understand? Submit now. Have your say!


The marriage equality postal vote explained to Chinese communities

Please share and continue talking about the importance of equality for all people regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, age, disability etc. Source: AGMC Inc. ( English translation: 1. Chinese Values Strong Families The “Yes” vote will allow for our strong Family values to be promoted whilst a “No” vote seeks to discriminate and divide. … Continue reading The marriage equality postal vote explained to Chinese communities

Coming out and coming out again

Once you've crossed the biggest barrier of inviting your parents into who you are, you may feel you have to 'come out' again when you start embracing who you are. For example, last year was really the turning point for me in bringing my parents into my identity as a gay Indian South African Australian … Continue reading Coming out and coming out again

How is the marriage equality debate affecting you as an Ethnic LGBT+ Australian?

There is an unspoken tension between my parents and I in my Indian household as Australia’s postal vote on legalising same-sex marriage is delivered into our mailbox. While it is fairly recent, 1 year ago, since my parents have openly acknowledged my identity as a gay Indian woman, we have made a lot of progress … Continue reading How is the marriage equality debate affecting you as an Ethnic LGBT+ Australian?

Articles for Ethnic LGBT+ individuals

The literature in Australia remains limited on the experiences of its culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD)/Ethnic and sexual and gender diverse (LGBT+) population. What I could find which was of use in understanding my own feelings, my parent's reactions, my community's misconceptions is available below: Coming home, coming out or coming in.Supporting same-sex attracted women … Continue reading Articles for Ethnic LGBT+ individuals

“It does get better” – a story of courage by a young South American man

Hi there. This is my story, and it is intertwined with my personal struggle with mental health issues. I am in my middle twenties, come from a socially-conservative family in the countryside in South America and have come out to my parents less than a year ago. They had no idea and sometimes might struggle … Continue reading “It does get better” – a story of courage by a young South American man

Ethnic? CALD? POC?

In the expression of culture, language is a fundamental aspect. It is the tool that conveys traditions and values related to group identity. At the intersection of cultural and sexual identity, language becomes even more important. How we express and define ourselves shapes the way others engage with us and how we understand ourself. How then do diverse communities want to be identified?

Where are you from or Where are you a local?

I am often asked, 'Where are you from?' or 'Where are you originally from?'. With my brown skin, black hair, brown eyes and Australian-South African accent, many people are curious of my origin. How do I simply reply with one country or nation when I am 5th generation Indian South African, spent my childhood growing up in Durban, lived Indian culture in my home, lived my adolescence in rural Australia, my young adult life in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Coming out or inviting people in?

‘Coming out tends to be a really narrow way of looking at sexuality and thinking about coming into your sexuality. It tends to be a very dominant Western perspective. Inviting people in into your life reframes thinking. It is about feeling good about who you are, what you do and how you identify and how … Continue reading Coming out or inviting people in?