Liam Leonard

Liam Leonard


Liam (William) Leonard is a social policy consultant and Adjunct Research Fellow with Monash University Disaster Resilience Initiative. He was previously Director GLHV@La Trobe University (now Rainbow Health Victoria); Executive Officer to the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Committee on LGBTI health and wellbeing (DHHS); a senior lecturer in Sociology and Politics, RMIT University; and a research scientist in molecular biology. Liam holds a BSc (hons) and a BA (hons) from The University of Melbourne.

Liam has secured over $15 million in grants, commissioned research, and the development and delivery of State and Commonwealth LGBTI programs, policy and training. He has sat on government, academic, health-Industry, and LGBTI-community expert advisory bodies and been a chief or lead investigator on state and national LGBTI research projects. He has assisted in key LGBTI state and Commonwealth legislative reform and led the development of the world’s first LGBTI-inclusive service accreditation program, the Rainbow Tick. Liam has published widely in health and social policy, LGBTI mental health and wellbeing, and queer theory, including 20 journal articles, 5 book chapters, and over 35 research monographs, and state and commonwealth health policies. More recently, Liam has worked with the Gender and Disaster (GAD) Pod researching: LGBTI people’s experiences of disaster; the impacts of COVID-19 on the Victorian family violence primary prevention workforce; and the impacts of COVID-19 on LGBTI people’s intimate and familial relationships. He developed and currently leads a suite of training packages looking at the heterogendered impacts of disasters on women and men and sexual and gender identity diverse minorities.


Refereed journals

  • Power, J., Mikolajczak, G., Bourne, A., Brown, G., Leonard, W., Lyons, A., Dowsett, G.W. and Lucke, J. (2018) ‘Sex, drugs and social connectedness: wellbeing among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men who use party-and-play drugs’, Sexual Health 15(2): 135-143.
  • Pennay, A., McNair, R., Hughes, T., Leonard, W., Brown, R. and Lubman, D.I.(2018) ‘Improving alcohol and mental health treatment for lesbian, bisexual and queer women: Identity matters’, Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 42(1): 35-42. DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12739
  • Brown, G., Leonard. W., Lyons, A., Power, J., Sander, D., McCall, W., Johnson, R., James, C., Hodson, M. and Carman, M. (2017) ‘Stigma, gay men and biomedical prevention: The challenges and opportunities of a rapidly changing HIV prevention landscape’ Sexual Health 14(1): 111-118.
  • Bariola, E., Lyons, A. and Leonard, W. (2016) ‘Gender-specific health implications of minority stress among lesbians and gay men’ Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health 40(6); 506-512 DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12539
  • McNair, R., Pennay, A., Hughes, T.,Brown, R., Leonard, W. and Lubman, I. D. (2016) ‘A model for lesbian, bisexual and queer related influences on alcohol consumption and implications for policy and practice’ Culture, Health and Sexuality 18(4): 405-421 DOI:10.1080/13691058.2015.1089602)
  • Bariola, E., Lyons, A., Leonard, W., Pitts, M., Badcock, P. and Couch, M. (2015) ‘Demographic and Psychosocial Factors associated with Psychological Distress and Resilience among Transgender Individuals’ American Journal of Public Health 105(10): 2108-2116
  • Leonard, W. (2012) “Safe sex and the aesthetics of gay men’s HIV/AIDS prevention in Australia: from Rubba me in 1984 to F**k me in2009”. Sexualities 15(7): 834-849.

Non-refereed journals

  • Leonard, W. and Parkinson, D. (18 February 2020) Out and about in the Emergency Management Sector: Promoting LGBTI-inclusive employment practices and workplaces. Short paper Proceedings of Gender and Sexuality art Work: A Multidisciplinary Research and Engagement Conference, The University of Melbourne, Parkville Australia, pp. 126-130.
  • Leonard, W., Duncan, A., Parkinson, D. and Archer, F. (2018) ‘Findings from the first Victorian study of the experiences and needs of LGBTI communities in emergencies’ Australian Journal of Emergency Management, Monograph No.3, 3 October 2018, 31-34.

Books chapters and book

  • Jones, T., Hart, B., Carpenter, M., Ansara, G., Leonard, W. and Lucke, J. (2016) Intersex: Stories and Statistics from Australia. Open Book Publications DOI: 10.11647/OBP.0089
  • Leonard, W. (2014) ‘From disease prevention to health promotion’ in Temple-Smith, M. ed. Sexual Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach IP Communications, Melbourne, pp.335-350.
  • Leonard, W. (2013) ‘Altman on Halperin: politics versus aesthetics in the constitution of the male homosexual’ in D’Cruz, C. and Pendleton, M. (eds.) After Homosexual: The Legacies of Gay Liberation. UWA Publishing, Western Australia.
  • Leonard, W., Duncan, D. and Barrett, C. (2013) ‘What a difference a gay makes: The constitution of the “older gay man”’ in Kampf, A., Marshall, B.L. and Petersen, A. (eds.) Aging Men, Masculinities and Modern Medicine. Oxon, Routledge.

Research Monographs and Health and wellbeing policies

  • Leonard, W., Parkinson, D. and Orian Weiss, C. (December 2020) Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Victoria’s family violence primary prevention workforce. Respect Victoria, Melbourne.
  • McCann, B., Poyner, E., Leonard, W., Wilson, C. and Garay, A. (December 2020) COVID-19 LGBTIQ+ family violence prevention project: Prevention in the pandemic. Melbourne, Victoria: Centre for Family Research and Evaluation Respect Victoria, Melbourne.
  • Jones, T., Leonard, W. and Rostant, J. (2019) Health and wellbeing of people with intersex variations: information and resource paper. Department of Health and Human Services 2016–2018 Intersex Expert Advisory Group. Department of Health and Human Services: Melbourne. ISBN 978-1-76069-679-5 (pdf/onlne/MS word) ISBN 978-1-76069-752-5 (Print)
  • Parkinson, D., Leonard, W., Duncan, A. and Jeffrey, J. (2018) Research project on identifying the experiences and needs of LGBTI communities before, during and after emergencies in Victoria. Commissioned by the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Gender and Disaster Pod and GLHV@ARCSHS, La Trobe University: Melbourne
  • Leonard, W., Lyons, A., and Bariola, E. (2015) A Closer Look at Private Lives 2: Addressing the mental health and wellbeing of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) Australians. Monograph Series Number 103.Melbourne: The Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society, La Trobe University.

Conference Presentations:


  • Lucke, J. and Leonard, W. (2017) ‘Where truth lies: Navigating ethics at the intersection of LGBTI health and wellbeing research, policy and practice’, Oxford Global Health and Bioethics International Conference, Oxford University 17-18 July 2017
  • Clark, S., Leonard, W. and Kennedy, P. (17 October 2016) ‘A framework for improving the health and wellbeing of LGBTI communities’, The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) 33rd International Conference, Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo Japan 16-19 October 2016
  • Leonard, W. (2014) “What a difference a gay makes: Rethinking gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging and the provision of inclusive aged care services”, Aging and Society Conference, The Manchester Conference Centre, UK, 7 November 2014
  • Leonard, W. (2010) “Challenging the order of things; Un-Australian families and the reproducing homosexual”. 2nd Global Conference. Good Sex, Bad Sex: Sex Law, Crime and Ethics. Michna Palace, Prague, Czech Republic 3-5 May 2010.
  • Kavanagh, A. M., Leonard, W. and Smith, A. (September 2000). “Rethinking the place of space in the social determinants of health research” British Medical Sociology Conference. York, UK.


  • McGrady, K., Parkinson, D., Leonard, W. and Murdolo, A. (17 November 2020) Tania Farha in conversation with Karla McGrady, Deb Parkinson, Liam Leonard and Adele Murdolo, Plenary Panel PreventX Online, Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria
  • Leonard, W., Parkinson, D., O’Malley, S. and Riseborough, H. (2020) ‘What’s that got to with it? Queer(y)ing the need for LGBTI-inclusive emergency services’ Workshop presentation, Gender and Sexuality at Work, The University of Melbourne, Woodard Conference Centre, 185 Pelham Street CARLTON 3053 18 February.
  • Leonard, W. (2018) ‘One less disaster: LGBTI-inclusive emergency management services’. Panel Presentation, Diversity in Disaster: Communities and emergency management – building resilience, 17-18 April 2018 MCG, Melbourne.
  • Leonard, W. (2017) ‘Lessons in Disaster: LGBTI communities in emergencies’ Invited Workshop. Safer-Inclusive-Connected, The 17th Annual Emergency Management Conference, Pullman Albert Park Hotel, Melbourne, 12 July 2017.
  • Leonard, W. (2016) ‘One less catastrophe: LGBTI-inclusive emergency services’, Emergency Management Conference 2016, Pullman Melbourne, Albert park Melbourne, 13 July 2016.
  • Leonard, W. (2015) ‘Breakfast Session – Domestic Violence’, Invited keynote speaker. Human Rights Art and Film Festival, ACMI Cinemas Melbourne Victoria 9 May 2015.