I am a PhD student and research assistant at La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. My PhD research explores how life writing can be used by young LGBTIQA+ people in the process of meaning-making around identity.


In late November, I presented my PhD research at the Queer Legacies, New Solidarities conference, which was organised through Deakin University’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Research Network, the Australian Women’s and Gender Studies Association, and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

In early November, I presented my research at the conference ‘Talking ’bout iGeneration: Sexual citizenship among diverse sex, sexuality and gender youth’, on behalf of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society. The conference took place at the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership and was run by Family Planning Victoria, the Australian Forum on Sexuality, Education and Health, Queer Generations, Swinburne University and the University of Western Australia.

In October 2018, I spoke at La Trobe University Library’s Open Access Week panel event. The theme is ‘Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge’.

In September 2018, I ran a writing workshop for LGBTIQA+ people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds at the Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council’s National Conference 2018.  I also chaired three panels, titled ‘Black and brown queers: Pushing back on the whiteness of multiculturalism’, ‘A stance of ‘not knowing’ and ‘Unpacking whiteness in LGBTIQ inclusivity: The road to intersectionality’.

In September 2018, I presented at The Pleasure Research Agenda, an event run by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and Family Planning Victoria.

In June 2018, I presented on behalf of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at Pleasure and Health: A Colloquium at Flinders University in Adelaide.

In March 2018, I co-presented with Rachel Chapman at the Popular Culture Association’s Annual Conference in Indianapolis, U.S.A.

On 11 November, I presented at the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives’ 17th Australian Homosexual Histories Conference, held at the University of Adelaide.

In December 2016, I presented my research on using creative nonfiction to promote young people’s wellbeing at the Youth, Health and Practical Justice Conference in Sydney. It is a national interdisciplinary conference organised by the UNSW Practical Justice Initiative and the UTS Faculty of Health. I also co-presented an academic poster with Rachel Chapman, who is doing important research on educators’ understanding of gender in early childhood education and how this impacts on young children.

Journal Articles

Bellamy, R. (2018). Life writing as an outlet for LGBTIQA+ youthBent street: Australian LGBTIQA+ arts, writing & ideas. Advance online publication.

Bellamy, R. (2018). Creative health promotion methods for young LGBTIQA+ people. Health Education Journal, 77(6), 680-691. doi: 10.1177/0017896917753454

Bellamy, R. (2017). Footy, Gangs and Love: Using Auto-ethnography to Problematise Practice on a Practicum. English in Australia, 52(2), 45-52.


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