LGBTI & Disaster Relief




  • Producer Dallas Rogers
  • LGBTI & Disaster Relief

Following a referendum in May same-sex marriage will soon to be legal in Ireland. There are calls in Australia to follow suit, and to recognise same-sex marriage.

Many see the legalisation of same-sex marriage as a symbolic victory. But legalising same-sex marriage could have far more important practical effects. Dallas speaks with Scott McKinnon about the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities during a natural disaster event.

When a natural disaster strikes the impact varies significantly across different social groups. LGBTI communities are poorly accounted for in disaster management policy and practice. Legal recognition could help emergency services, policy-makers and aid agencies better respond to LGBTI populations.

This episode features an additional interview with Scott recorded in 2016. In this follow-up interview we ask Scott about the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, where Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States.

Dr Scott McKinnon – Research Fellow on an Australian Research Council funded project investigating the experiences of LGBTI people in natural disasters. He also has his own podcast: PridePod

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