Questioning the inclusivity of events: The queer perspective

Faith Ong, Cliff Lewis, Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta

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Event programmes are typically designed with a target audience in mind, and such design can inherently signal inclusion or exclusion of marginalised segments. This is particularly the case for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) individuals, whose sexual and gender identities position them as an invisible minority on the periphery of society. Given the role of events in building community spirit, it is essential to ensure all members of a community feel able to participate in order to create a sense of belonging, fulfilling Sustainable Development Goals of inclusivity in community. Through the lens of Social Dominance Theory and in pursuit of equality for LGBTIQ+ communities, in-depth interviews were conducted with sexually diverse (queer) participants to explore their perceptions of inclusivity at community events. This study explored how elements of an event could serve to enhance or attenuate prejudice, and therefore influence the inclusion of LGBTIQ+ communities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2044-2061
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Sustainable Tourism
Issue number11-12
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Dec 2020


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