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Queering disasters: On the need to account for LGBTI experiences in natural disaster contexts

Journal Article


Abstract


  • This article seeks a queering of research and policy in relation to natural disasters, their human impacts, management and response. The human impacts of natural disasters vary across different social groups. We contend that one group largely absent from scholarly and policy agendas is sexual and gender minorities, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) populations. To demonstrate that these minorities have particular experiences that need to be addressed, we critically review five case studies that comprise the limited scholarly and policy research on LGBTI populations in disasters to date. Building on this, we offer some specific ways forward for queer disaster research that accounts for the vulnerabilities, needs and resilient capacities of LGBTI populations. In doing so, we recognise and urge researchers, policy-makers and aid agencies to acknowledge that LGBTI populations are not homogeneous and have different needs wrought by intersections of socio-economic resources, gender, race/ethnicity, age and regional or national location.

UOW Authors


  •   Dominey-Howes, Dale (external author)
  •   Gorman-Murray, Andrew W. (external author)
  •   McKinnon, Scott

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Dominey-Howes, D., Gorman-Murray, A. & McKinnon, S. (2014). Queering disasters: On the need to account for LGBTI experiences in natural disaster contexts. Gender, Place and Culture: a journal of feminist geography, 21 (7), 905-918.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84906771712

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3337

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 905

End Page


  • 918

Volume


  • 21

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • This article seeks a queering of research and policy in relation to natural disasters, their human impacts, management and response. The human impacts of natural disasters vary across different social groups. We contend that one group largely absent from scholarly and policy agendas is sexual and gender minorities, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) populations. To demonstrate that these minorities have particular experiences that need to be addressed, we critically review five case studies that comprise the limited scholarly and policy research on LGBTI populations in disasters to date. Building on this, we offer some specific ways forward for queer disaster research that accounts for the vulnerabilities, needs and resilient capacities of LGBTI populations. In doing so, we recognise and urge researchers, policy-makers and aid agencies to acknowledge that LGBTI populations are not homogeneous and have different needs wrought by intersections of socio-economic resources, gender, race/ethnicity, age and regional or national location.

UOW Authors


  •   Dominey-Howes, Dale (external author)
  •   Gorman-Murray, Andrew W. (external author)
  •   McKinnon, Scott

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Dominey-Howes, D., Gorman-Murray, A. & McKinnon, S. (2014). Queering disasters: On the need to account for LGBTI experiences in natural disaster contexts. Gender, Place and Culture: a journal of feminist geography, 21 (7), 905-918.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84906771712

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3337

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 905

End Page


  • 918

Volume


  • 21

Issue


  • 7

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom