In/visibility on campus? Gender and sexuality diversity in tertiary institutions

Tania Ferfolja*, Nicole Asquith, Benjamin Hanckel, Brooke Brady

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This paper draws on the largest and most comprehensive Australian research to date that explores the campus climate for sexuality and gender diverse (SGD) people at one university. Using a mixed-method approach that incorporated an online survey open to all students and staff (n = 2395), face-to-face in-depth interviews with key stakeholders (n = 16) and an online document analysis, the study explored participants’ perceptions and attitudes to sexuality and gender diversity on campus, experiences of in/exclusion, (un)safe places, visibility in public online documents, and the campus-based services available to support SGD individuals. The findings point to the ongoing exclusion experienced by SGD people across the university. We show how exclusion serves to silence individuals across multiple levels and how this, in turn, limits the visibility of, and redress for, exclusion, impacting on health and well-being. This tension, we posit, can only be addressed safely and holistically through proactive and strategic endeavours on the part of the institution; without which, exclusion will continue to prevail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)933-947
Number of pages15
JournalHigher Education
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020


  • Australia
  • Discrimination
  • Gender
  • LGBT+
  • Sexuality
  • University


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