When natural disasters strike, the impact varies significantly across different social groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities are poorly accounted for in disaster management policy and practice.
Dallas Rogers speaks with Scott McKinnon on the different needs of the LGBTI community during a natural disaster event, and how emergency services, policy-makers and aid agencies can better respond to LGBTI populations.
Scott McKinnon is a Research Fellow on an Australian Research Council funded project investigating the experiences of LGBTI people in natural disasters.
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If you identify as LGBTI, have been impacted by a disaster and would like to share your experiences with the researchers, please contact Scott McKinnon: firstname.lastname@example.org
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