Lesbian and bi women’s experience of emergency management.

Author:

Parkinson, D. & Duncan, A.

Editor:

First

Date:

2018

Region:

Theme:

Gender Identities and Expression, Sexual Orientations and Disasters

Language:

English

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis Group

Full Harvard Reference:

Parkinson, D. & Duncan, A. (2018). Lesbian and bi women’s experience of emergency management. Gender and Disaster Pod.

To fulfil the gap of limited research on sexual and gender minorities in the context of disaster management, this paper examines the findings from an in depth, qualitative study on the experiences and inclusiveness of LGBTI people as ‘clients’ in emergencies. Four semi-structured interviews with lesbian or bisexual women were conducted and thematic analysis was used to identify key categories of ‘language and assumptions’. Findings demonstrated that members of the LGBTI community continue to experience stigma, discrimination and violence within the disaster management sector. Evidence of discriminatory behaviour not being challenged at leadership level continues to perpetuate a damaging and excluding culture within emergency management practices and policies.