Accessing LGBTIQ Justice report: identifying the legal needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities in Queensland

by Jordyn Jones and Gabriella Leibowitz 

This report details the findings of the ‘Access to Justice’ research project undertaken by the LGBTI Legal Service, Brisbane, in 2013. It is an adaptation of the research project undertaking by the Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC), in 2011, and modeled on the ‘Outing in Justice’ report. Students undertaking placement with the LGBTI Legal Service, as part of their undergraduate legal studies, facilitated the adaptation of the ICLC project.

This study aimed to identify any disparities between the legal needs of the LGBTIQ communities in Queensland, and the provision of legal service by LGBTI Legal Service. Subsequent to the LAW Survey, 2005, it is evident that the legal needs of LGBTIQ persons were overlooked, conflating the barriers faced in accessing justice.

The particular issues that LGBTI communities face are distinct from those heterosexual communities face. Where the law fails to adequately provide for these differing dynamics there is a barrier to LGBTI persons accessing justice. The report seeks to minimise these barriers by identifying the particular legal needs that LGBTIQ persons are faced with in Queensland, and to better equip the LGBTI Legal Service to adequately deal with areas of distinct need.

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