On The Disaster Experiences of Sexual and Gender (LGBTI) Minorities: Insights to support inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Policy and Practice.

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Dominey-Howes, D. Gorman-Murray, A. & McKinnon, S.

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2018

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Gender, Community and Disaster

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English

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Dominey-Howes, D. Gorman-Murray, A. & McKinnon, S. (2018). On The Disaster Experiences of Sexual and Gender (LGBTI) Minorities: Insights to support inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Policy and Practice. Australian Journal of Emergency Management. Monograph no. 3. Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience. pp. 1-88.

This paper provides a synthesis of a three-year project looking at LGBTI experiences of disasters in Australia and New Zealand and places this work within the wider, limited literature. The findings of the research examine the negative experiences that exacerbate marginality and vulnerability, such as harassment in homes, emergency shelters and public spaces, and uncertain access to relief services and funds. The paper also identifies elements of resilience and resistance within LGBTI communities that build upon social capital, and also of attentive and capable emergency management practice, that recognise and include LGBTI communities and their needs. The paper urges governments, emergency response and recovery organisations to better meet the needs of LGBTI individuals, families and communities.