Religious Freedom and LGBT+ Discrimination: the experience of same-sex attracted and gender diverse workers in government funded faith based schools and social service providers – pilot study (2018).

The research was conducted as a pilot study to this present larger nationwide research project.  It was an interdisciplinary project examining religious freedom and anti-discrimination in Australia, more specifically Tasmania and NSW.  It aimed to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and others of diverse genders and sexualities such as queer (LGBT+) people working in government-funded faith-based schools or social service providers.  The researchers were interested in their experiences in the workplace and the impact of religious freedom exemptions, where relevant. 



The findings indicated that the present state based religious exemptions had a large impact on the wellbeing and job security of LGBT+ employees of faith based schools and social service providers. It was however a small study.  The researchers conducted 15 long interviews with employees in Tasmania and NSW. This present study will augment and expand these findings and increase both the breadth and rigour of the research.