LGBTQIA+ experiences of diplomacy

Monday 22 January 2024

GIWL Researcher Jack Hayes is conducting a research project studying the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, same-gender attracted, queer, transgender, or non-binary people working in international diplomacy. This is a crucially under researched area, and is seeking to understand how people who identify as LGBTQ+, or who are same-gender attracted, experience a career in international diplomacy – the challenges and opportunities that come with postings, spousal visas, diplomatic events, and more.

We're looking for participants with lived expertise in diplomacy to participate in this research. You can get involved by...

  1. Taking part in a 45 minute interview. This can be booked here
  2. Completing a 15-minute survey, and/or sharing the survey with your networks

We're looking for participants from around the world who meet the following criteria...

  • Identify as a member of the LGBTI+ community, or;
  • Have engaged in sexual relations with people of the same gender, and;
  • Work or have worked in diplomacy for a Ministry for Foreign Affairs or for the United Nations, or have worked for either of these bodies as recently as two years ago.

This is a secure project. Your identity will remain anonymous and confidential.

Why participate? 

  • Contribute to research around the opportunities and barriers for diverse groups in international diplomacy.
  • To challenge stereotypes or assumptions of who can be a diplomat, and how.
  • Suggest areas for improvement in policy and practice to provide better support for future cohorts of LGBTI+ diplomats.

Any questions?

To find out more about the project, you can get in touch with Jack Hayes at And you can learn more about Jack and his ongoing research here.

The ethical aspects of this research have been approved by the ANU Human Research Ethics Committee Protocol 2022/406).

Updated:  22 January 2024/Responsible Officer:  Institute Director/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications