Faculty of Education and Arts

Luke Gahan

Position: Lecturer
Study area: Sociology, social work
Location: Mt Helen Campus, Building H, Room H201
Phone: 5327 9580
Email: l.gahan@federation.edu.au


Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Swinburne University of Technology - 2011
Bachelor of Social Science - Swinburne University of Technology - 2010



Master of Social Work
Bachelor of Arts


  • Advocating for Individuals, Families, Groups, & Communities (MSWPG 7214)
  • Social Political and Legal Frameworks of Human Rights (MSWPG 7213)
  • From Nuclear to Unclear: Sociology of Families (SOCIN2101)


Before coming to Federation University, Luke Gahan taught at Melbourne, Swinburne, and La Trobe Universities.
He is the Secretary (2017 & 2018) of The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and is the Co-Convenor of the TASA Sociology of Families and Relationships Thematic Group (2013-2016).
Outside of academia, Luke Gahan sits on the Art Gallery of Ballarat Association Council, the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives committee, and was the Victorian Director of the National LGBTI Health Alliance from 2014 – March 2016.

Areas of expertise

Sociology of Families and Relationships
Separation and Divorce
LGBTI rights, people, communities, families & relationships
Religion & Spirituality

Research interests

  • Families & Relationships
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex people
  • Religion and LGBTI people
  • Sex, sexuality, and intimacy



Gahan, L., & Jones, T. (Eds.). (2013). Heaven Bent: Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex experiences of faith, religion and spirituality. Melbourne Australia: Clouds of Magellan

Hillier, L., Jones, T., Monagle, M., Overton, N., Gahan, L., Blackmen, J. and Mitchell, A. (2010). Writing Themselves In 3: The Third National study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people, ARCSHS, La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Barrett, C., Gahan, L., Mitchell, A., Allen, J., McLaren, S., and Tinney, J. (2010). Everyday Angels: Celebrating the achievements of staff working in aged care. ARCSHS, La Trobe University, Melbourne

Book Chapters

Gahan, L. (2016). '‘I will be married in the Eyes of God’: Religious Same-Sex Attracted Young People Reimagining their Future. In Dawn Llewellyn and Sonya Sharma (Eds), "Religion, Equalities and Inequalities", Aldershot,  Ashgate.

Gahan, L. (2011). 'The ins and outs of marriage (and divorce)'. In V. Marsh (Ed.), "Speak Now: Australian perspectives on same-sex marriage"  (pp.61-69). Thornbury, VIC: Clouds of Magellan.

Refereed journal articles

Gahan, L., Jones, T., Hillier, L., (2014) An Unresolved Journey: Religious Discourse and Same-Sex Attracted and Gender Questioning Young People, Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Vol 25 pp202-229.

Refereed conference proceedings

Gahan, L (2016) Separated Same-Sex Parented Families: Troubling and troubled by family and separation discourses, 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology, Universität Wien, Österreich (Vienna, Austria).

Gahan, L. (2015) Separating Same-Sex Parents: Navigating Relationships with Service Providers, Presented at the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) annual conference, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia.

Gahan, L. (2015) For Better or Worse: Memories from the early days of Australian Marriage Equality, Presented at 'From outlaws to in-laws' - 2015 Australia's Homosexual Histories Conference, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia.

Gahan, L. (2015) Separated Same-Sex Parents' Experiences and Views of Government Funded Family Relationship Centres (FRC), Presented at 'Working together for health' - Health In Difference 2015: The 9th National LGBTI Health Conference, National LGBTI Health Alliance, Canberra, Australia.

Gahan, L. (2015) "Separated Same-sex Parented Families: Rethinking the Queer Family through the experiences of Separation. Presented at 'Queer Kinship and Relationships International Conference', Institute of Psychology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Zalesie, Masuria, Poland.

Gahan, L. (2014) "Our kids have enough f****ing parents in their life" Negotiating post separation parenting within same-sex parented families of three or more parents. Presented at the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) annual conference, University of South Australia.

Malta, S., Kirkman, L., Pallotta-Chiarolli, M., Gahan, L. (2014) From early adulthood to later life: Redefining the boundaries of new intimate relationships across the life span. Round Table Presentation at the International Association for Relationships Research, Melbourne, Australia.

Gahan, L. B. (2013). Separated same-sex parented families: (In)equality, isolation and resilience. Presented at: 'Our Bodies, Our Minds - Health In Difference 2013: the 8th National LGBTI Health Conference', National LGBTI Health Alliance, Melbourne, Australia.

Gahan, L. B. (2013). Understanding resilience and experiences of separation in same-sex parented families 理解同性伴侶家庭解組的復原力和經驗.Poster Presentation at the International Sociological Association (ISA) Seminar of the ISA Research Committee on Family Research RC06, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

Gahan, L. (2012). Understanding resilience and experiences of separation in same-sex parented families: Preliminary Findings. Presented at the Australian Sociological Association (TASA) annual conference, University of Queensland, Australia.

Gahan, L. and Hillier, L. (2012). ‘I will be married in the eyes of God’: Emerging homopositive, same-sex marriage, and parenting discourses are providing marginalized same-sex attracted young people (SSAY) in Australia with new belongings and connectedness to their religion. Presented at the British Sociological Association (BSA) Sociology of Religion Study Group (SOCREL) annual conference, University of Chester, United Kingdom.

Gahan, L. and Hillier, L. (2011). Will God get me through?: Religion and the wellbeing of same-sex attracted young people (SSAY) in Australia. Presented at The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) annual conference, University of Newcastle, Australia.


  • The Australian Sociological Association
  • The Internation Sociological Association (ISA)
  • The ISA Research Committee on Family Research
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion