Under my Umbrella: LGBTQIA+ rights, LGBTQIA+ researchers and 'internal allyship'

Aidan Ricciardo, Liam Elphick

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In this article, we consider the ethical obligations that LGBTQIA+ researchers have in researching LGBTQIA+ rights. First, we consider the potential impact of identity and positionality. Although people of all LGBTQIA+ identities share common experiences of marginalisation and persecution, there is much diversity among LGBTQIA+ people and their many intersections. We then propose that LGBTQIA+ researchers should act as ‘internal allies’ when undertaking work related to LGBTQIA+ communities. The familiar concept of allyship imposes obligations which are dynamic, appropriate for the research context and align with community expectations. These obligations include self-education, consultation and platforming marginalised voices.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-133
Number of pages8
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number2
Early online date5 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2024


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