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 #22 February 2018
- Issue #23 March 2018
- Issue #24 April 2018
- Issue #25 May 2018
- Issue #26 June 2018
- Issue #27 July 2018
- Issue #28 August 2018
- Issue #29 September 2018
- Issue #30 October 2018
- Issue #31 November 2018
- Issue #32 January 2019
Become an Ally
The next LGBTIQ+ Awareness Training (previously called Ally training) will take place on Thursday 28th February at 10am-12.30pm. If you wish to participate please either email us: Ally@usq.edu.au or register here.
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 6th March, 12.30-1.30pm
IP H321 Ipswich
The World’s Worst Lesbian – Linda Bayfield
Linda’s friends and family always joke that she is the “World’s Worst Lesbian”, a nod to the perceived total ‘normality’ of her life, except for the fact that she is married to a woman. For the first time, Linda will share publicly her journey towards falling in love, getting married and starting a family. Sounds super ‘normal’ right?
Linda is a Learning and Organisational Development specialist with a background working in a range of settings, from secondary and tertiary education to government. She currently works as the Senior Learning and Development Advisor in the Human Resources department at USQ.
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: