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Sydney Student won the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Thesis Prize

18 April, 2013

Congratulations to Curtis Dickson who has won the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives Thesis Prize for the best honours dissertation in Australia for 2012.  

Curtis DicksonThe thesis, entitled, “There’s a Place for Us”: LGBTIQ People’s Experiences of Belonging and Participation in Christian Community in Sydney, Australia was supervised by Dr Sheleyah Courtney.

The judges praised the thesis for "engaging with an unusual topic in a thoughtful manner. They stated that The interviews and your sensitive attention to the issues of participant-observation as a methodology enabled you to reveal a side of Christianity and sexuality that is not often dealt with.

In 2007, Curtis commenced his Bachelor of Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, majoring in Sociology and Gender Studies . In 2011, he completed a Social Science internship for the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) on their project, Uncloseting Discrimination, where he also worked as a research assistant. During this time, he was able to explore his interest in the relationship between discrimination against LGBTI people and religion, which he developed in his honours dissertation in 2012. Curtis graduates on 24 April. He was one of our 2012 honours cohort to receive an Australian Postgraduate Award. Curtis speaks very highly of his experiences of being a student with us, during his honours year and before. Happily, he has now commenced his Phd in Sociology where is being supervised by Dr Laura Beth Bugg,

We are very proud of Curtis and his contributions to Sociological research at the University of Sydney. Reflecting modestly on this national honour, Curtis says that he hopes that his research will contribute to a greater understanding and acceptance of LGBTI people within religious communities