Imagining justice in health service access for women in relationships with bisexual men

When:15 Mar 2017, 4pm - 5pm
Venue:Room 221/223, Level 2, John Goodsell Building, UNSW Kensington
Who:Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University
Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli

Presented by the Centre for Social Research in Health and 

the Practical Justice Initiative

This presentation will explore the intersections between sexuality, gender and justice for Australian women who have been or are currently in a relationship with a bisexual man, with a particular focus on issues they currently face in accessing health services. Maria will discuss interview research with of a group of culturally, sexually and geographically diverse women in monogamous, open, and polyamorous relationships with bisexual-identifying and/or bisexual-behaving men. Health issues they had experienced included sexually transmissible infections, including HIV, and a range of mental and emotional health issues. Maria will examine their experiences of discrimination and exclusion when seeking access to a range of health settings and services, and review womens’ recommendations for addressing institutional misrepresentations and erasure.

Dr Maria Pallotti-Chiarolli’s primary areas of interest are cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity and family diversity. Maria is Founding Member of AGMC Inc. (Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council), and a member of the Victoria Police 1) LGBTIQ and 2) Multicultural Priorities Communities Divisions. She is also a member of the LGBTI Taskforce for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Her books include Someone You Know (Australia’s first AIDS biography); Border Sexualities, Border Families in Schools (Lambda Literary Award, 2011), and more recently: Women in Relationships with Bisexual Men: Bi Men By Women.

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