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Feedback highlighted the need to better understand intersectionality and the overlapping forms of discrimination that many LGBTIQ+ people face. Discrimination takes several forms such as subtle stereotyping, lack of protections within the law and obvious harassment and violence. Many LGBTIQ+ people also experience forms of prejudice like racism, ableism and classism. This is on top of and combined with prejudice based on their gender, sexuality or sex characteristics.

Recognising intersectionality is vital to ensuring LGBTIQ+ communities can celebrate diversity and contribute to improving all LGBTIQ+ lives. Building on existing Victorian Government approaches will be critical. This includes recent work that takes an intersectional approach to family violence, gender equality and mental health services. By connecting services and embedding inclusion in our work, we can ensure better experiences that recognise a person’s diverse identities.

Definitions

Inclusion Empowering access to opportunities, dealing with structural inequalities, tackling unconscious bias to have equal access to all parts of society.

View the key terms and definitions used in our strategy

‘My diverse identities are a barrier to employment. I have to separate out my disability from being LGBTIQ+. You have to put your cards out on the table before you even begin. It’s really difficult.’
Workshop participant, disability consultation

Rainbow colours symbolising the LGBTIQ+ community

Reviewed 05 February 2022

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