Takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ People’s Experiences of Homelessness and Sex Work in Aotearoa New Zealand


  • Brodie Fraser
  • Elinor Chisholm
  • Nevil Pierse




LGBTIQ , takatāpui, homelessness, sex work, survival sex, Aotearoa New Zealand, agency


At present, there is limited research on the intersection of sex work, takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ communities, and experiences of homelessness in Aotearoa New Zealand. This paper helps to bridge this gap, exploring how takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ people who had been failed by the welfare state engaged in sex work during periods of homelessness, and expressed agency in difficult circumstances. Specifically, we look at sex and sex work as a means to secure basic needs, and in the context of exploitative relationships; the emotional effects of sex work; and safety and policing. A stronger welfare state is needed to provide sufficient support for people to realise an adequate standard of living and treat them with dignity and respect.


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Author Biographies

Brodie Fraser

Brodie Fraser is a postdoctoral research fellow at He Kāinga Oranga. Their work primarily focuses on takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ communities’ experiences of housing and homelessness.

Elinor Chisholm

Elinor Chisholm is a senior research fellow at He Kāinga Oranga. She is a qualitative researcher whose work covers topics such as renting, place making, power, activism, and policy.

Nevil Pierse

Nevil Pierse is a co-director of He Kāinga Oranga. His work spans homelessness, housing-related interventions for health, statistical methods, and the use of big data.




How to Cite

Fraser, B., Chisholm, E., & Pierse, N. (2023). Takatāpui/LGBTIQ+ People’s Experiences of Homelessness and Sex Work in Aotearoa New Zealand. Anti-Trafficking Review, (20), 14–32. https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201223202