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What are the systematic needs andexperiences of LGBTQ humanitarian workers?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
What are the systematic needs andexperiences of LGBTQ humanitarian workers? (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis is the product of the author’s personal experience as a gay person working

in the humanitarian sector who has experience of the challenges faced in countries of

conflict and in countries where the rights of LGBTQ people are not assured. LGBTQ

people have specific needs that are documented through research, highlighting the

risks they face while working in high risk locations. With such limitations in the way

that LGBTQ people are supported in the field, or in their home nations, with particular

relevance to religiously supported heteronormativity which is relevent especially given

the particular needs and concerns that LGBTQ people face in everyday life, these

issues are exacerbated in conflict or hazardous settings. To establish the experiences

of LGBTQ people, semi structured qualitative interviews have been used to illicit

nuanced details from differing LGBTQ perspectives to provide some supportive insight

into the conditions that individuals work in. These interviews were triangulated against

the current data that exists, and an online quantitative and qualitative survey which

investigated in more specificity the experiences of LGBTQ people and what support

mechanisms would benefit them. Motivations, experience, health implications and

support to LGBT staff are discussed from the point of view of LGBTQ staff,

represented as much as possible by individuals of varying gender, sexual orientation,

and race. The findings are used to provide recommendations for what agencies can

do to provide a level of support to their own LGBTQ staff, a concept for which there

are still significant gaps in literature, data, and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 160 p.
Keyword [en]
LGBTQ; Gay; Lesbian; Bisexual; Transgender; Queer; Homosexuality; Culture; Religion; Heteronormativity; Sexual Orientation; Disclosure; Policy; NGOs; UN; Agencies; International; Humanitarian; Data; Diversity; Institutional Support
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Ethics Religious Studies Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-323549OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-323549DiVA: diva2:1107012
Subject / course
The Study of Religion
Educational program
Master Programme in Religion in Peace and Conflict
Presentation
2017-05-29, SKype, 22:11 (English)
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Available from: 2017-06-12 Created: 2017-06-08 Last updated: 2017-06-12Bibliographically approved

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