The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) caucus was founded in 2023. The core purpose and aims of the LGBTIQ+ Caucus are to support LGBTIQ+ members of APSA, build their representation within the organisation, and support LGBTIQ+ scholarship and teaching in Australia.
There are four rationales for this new caucus:
- the LGBTQI+ caucus builds on APSA’s work as a leader in LGBTQI+ research and programming.
- there is more work to be done in building awareness and communication of community trans and queer research and teaching in a coordinated manner around Australia.
- there remains incidents of harassment and bullying against LGBTQI+ University staff, and this caucus will work to educate the membership about the need for diversity and inclusion efforts targeted at intersecting identities particularly on the margins of the LGBTQI+ community. This specifically includes casualization of the workforce.
- the LGBTQI+ caucus welcomes LGBTQI+ researchers as well as allied researchers working in this space. This caucus will provide a hub for intellectual advancement and creative outputs that benefit the LGBTQI+ community.
The LGBTQI+ caucus will hold its first annual general meeting at the 2023 APSA conference at the University of Sydney.