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 #20 November 2017
- Issue #21 January 2018
- Issue #22 February 2018
- Issue #23 March 2018
- Issue #24 April 2018
- Issue #25 May 2018
- Issue #26 June 2018
- Issue #27 July 2018
Become an Ally
The next LGBTIQ+ Awareness Training (previously called Ally training) has yet to be confirmed. Please watch this space for more updates.
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.
Wednesday 5th September, 12.30-1.30pm, I402
Guest Speaker: Jayne Murphy
‘Tragedies and Victories - A Trans Woman's Perspective’
Jayne comes from a background of music industry experience, having performed as lead guitarist for the iconic Australian band Lime Spiders and toured with The Black Crowes. She also has a career in acting, singing, and modelling. Jayne has a published paper on Adult and Community Education, and will speak to the group about her lived experience as a trans woman, and what she would like the community to understand about what it means to be trans gender.
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: