The USQ Ally Network aims to provide a safe-zone and visible support network for students and employees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, bisexual, intersex and queer or questioning (LGBTIQ).
The Network promotes a supportive and inclusive educational and work environment, aims to create change and advocates against discriminative or exclusive behaviours. The Network also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including USQ Ally Network Natters, a monthly gathering providing a safe and inclusive space for discussion for the LGBTIQ community and their supporters.
Library LGBTIQ safe place
The USQ Library LGBTIQ safe place is an initiative demonstrating the Library’s commitment to providing a visible and inclusive safe place for our LGBTIQ staff and students. Library staff have received USQ Ally training and have access to resources and are equipped with a network of professional referrals.
The Ally Newsletter is sent to all formally registered Allies monthly. To contribute to the newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Issue #27 July 2018
- Issue #28 August 2018
- Issue #29 September 2018
- Issue #30 October 2018
- Issue #31 November 2018
- Issue #32 January 2019
- Issue #33 February 2019
- Issue #34 March 2019
- Issue #35 April 2019
- Issue #36 May 2019
- Issue #37 June 2019
Become an Ally
We do not have any scheduled LGBTIQ+ training sessions at this time. If you wish to participate in future sessions please email us: Ally@usq.edu.au.
Ally Network Natters
USQ Ally Network Natters are intended to be a safe and inclusive space for discussion and relaxation for members of the LGBTIQ community and their supporters within USQ. They are monthly gatherings held on the first Wednesday of the month alternating between Springfield and Ipswich campuses, which are also available to all USQ Allies via live webinar.
USQ Ally Network Natter
Wednesday 7th August, 12.30-1.30pm
“An international gay love story – from the USA to Australia” – Ken Gideon
Ken Gideon, the new Director (Alumni) for USQ, was an active member of the Norfolk, Virginia LGBTIQ community from his early days as a uni student in 1988 – 1993. He was also instrumental in starting the Faculty/Staff LGBTIQ network at his alma mater, Old Dominion University. Ken’s life changed in 1997 when he spent a month in Australia visiting his gay pen pal who lived in Australia. While in Brisbane, he met the man of his dreams. For 8 years, from 1998 to 2005, he was in an international long distance relationship with this man. Together, he and his partner worked out the best way they could be together, and in 2005, Ken made the move to Australia. Despite not having a plan on how he was going to stay in Australia permanently, he took the leap of faith, and the rest is history. Ken has now been in Australia for 15 years and he and his partner have been together for 22. Come and hear this incredible story of commitment towards each other during a time when there was no facetime or facebook chatting, and even the internet was quite new.
Allies are USQ staff and students who are informed about and empathetic to the needs of the LGBTIQ community. Their role is to provide confidential support to USQ staff and students of the LGBTIQ community and advocate for a community free from harassment or discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity. Allies do not necessarily identify as LGBTIQ and are not necessarily professional counsellors or equity practitioners.
Allies undertake awareness training and are equipped with a network of professional referrals and LGBTIQ community resources. They can be identified by the small rainbow sticker on their office door or window, or they may be wearing a small rainbow pin. Find a member: