Thank you for your interest in the LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Research Project.
This project is being run by Dr Stephen Kerry, a researcher at Charles Darwin University, and sponsored by Rainbodhi, a community group for LGBTQIA+ Buddhists and friends.
The purpose of the project.
To map out the lived experiences of LGBTQIA+ Australians who either identify as Buddhists or see themselves as practitioners of Buddhism. The project is interested in the following:
  • What are the health needs of LGBTQIA+ Buddhists?
  • Why are LGBTQIA+ Australians attracted to Buddhism?
  • Do LGBTQIA+ Australians experience discrimination within Buddhism?
  • What is the impact of the debates surrounding marriage equality and religions discrimination bill on LGBTQIA+ Buddhists?
This online survey is the first part of a larger project and those who are interested in learning more about the project are invited to leave their contact details at the completion of the survey.

About the researcher.
In addition to being a researcher at Charles Darwin University, Dr Stephen Kerry has been an active member of the LGBTQIA+ communities for 30 years and identifies as genderqueer, non-binary. Their areas of research include the roles of religion in the lives of Intersex Australians and the health needs of trans and sex/gender diverse people living in the Northern Territory. Stephen is a Zen Buddhist, is a member of the Darwin Zen Group sitting with Roshi Justine Mayer in the Diamond Sangha Tradition, and underwent the Jukai ceremony in 2019, receiving the dharma name 涼猿 (Liáng Yuán or Cool Monkey).

Contact Dr Stephen Kerry:
08 89466956
0408 250 828

By continuing with the survey, you agree that:
  • Participation in this survey is voluntary,
  • I may navigate away from the survey at any time, but my responses up to that point may still be used,
  • I may take between 20 to 30 minutes to complete the survey,
  • My responses in the survey are anonymous,
  • Any identifying information (i.e. contact information) will be separated from my responses, and
  • Aggregate results will be used for research purposes and may be reported in academic journals.
If you have any questions or concerns that you do not want to direct to the researcher, you are invited to the contact the Ethics team of the Charles Darwin University Human Research Ethics Committee on (08) 89466063, on the toll free number, 1800 466 215 or by email, ethics@cdu.edu.au. The Ethics team can pass on any concerns to appropriate officers within the University.

Acknowledgement of Country.
The researcher would like to acknowledge that they are undertaking this project on the traditional lands of the Larrakia people, and pay their respect to elders past, present, and emerging.


For the purpose of this project this acronym includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, and many sexualities and sex/gender diverse people.

CDU HREC approval number H20014