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 email@example.com.
- 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
- Issue #33 February 2019
- Issue #34 March 2019
- Issue #35 April 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 5th June, 12.30-1.30pm
'Where to from the intolerant environment?' - Joshua Nixon
Growing up in an intolerant environment, where family and friends were openly hostile towards queer people, Josh will discuss how this shaped his early life and self-identification and expression. He will also talk about the importance of having a support system for oneself after leaving a toxic environment, and the difficulties he experienced and how he overcame them.
Josh Nixon is a USQ Student who has been an active part of the USQ Ally Network and was the founding president of USQ Pride. He has long been a vocal advocate for the advancement of queer policy, and is never shy about using any platform to discuss the topics of equality and social injustice regarding the queer community. Josh proudly and openly identifies as a gay man, and describes his uni-downtime as busy: teaching karate, frequently acting on stage and screen, working full-time in a bar, and working part-time as a masseur and a business consultant.
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: