This is what it’s like to be an LGBTIQ+ asylum seeker in Australia


LGBTIQ+ people seeking asylum in Australia face a unique set of challenges and often find themselves isolated in a new country, say a support group working to change that. Like many refugees, Tina Dixson and her partner Renee’s decision to seek asylum in Australia was a matter of life or death. The couple had been working as LGBTIQ+ advocates in their home country (the location of which they are unable to disclose for safety reasons) and internationally for years before they made the difficult decision to uproot their lives. “We had always experienced lots of threats and things like that but at some point in 2012 … a series of very serious events happened to us” said Ms Dixson, who changed her name when she arrived in Australia.

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