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, 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.
LGBTIQ+ Graduating Students
The USQ Ally Network would like to acknowledge your achievement of obtaining your degree with all its challenges. As a token and memento, we are pleased to offer a Lavender Pin to our graduating LGBTIQ+ students!
The Lavender Pin originated as a tradition in North America, where Lavender Graduation Ceremonies are celebrated across many universities. The colour lavender has a significance in LGBTIQ+ history, and is today used as a symbol of pride.
To claim a pin, please email email@example.com from your umail account with the following details:
- Your name and student ID
- The congratulations email from the VC regarding your graduation (a screen shot or you can forward the email)
- If you would like to collect the pin from the Student Success and Wellbeing office, and which campus: Toowoomba, Ipswich, or Springfield
- If you cannot collect, a mailing address we can send your pin to. This will be in a USQ envelope but not identified on the outside as from the Ally Network.
The Ally Newsletter is sent to all formally registered Allies monthly. To contribute to the newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Issue #45 July 2020
- Issue #46 September 2020
- Issue #47 March 2021
- Issue #48 May 2021
- Issue #49 July 2021
- Issue #50 October 2021
- Issue #51 March 2022
- Issue #52 April 2022
Become an Ally
Ally training dates for 2022 can be found 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 gatherings alternating between Springfield, Ipswich and Toowoomba campuses, which are also available to all USQ Allies via live webinar.
Guest Speaker: Dr Leigh Dale
Wednesday 18th May 12pm-1pm
Dr Leigh Dale (left) has lived near Ipswich for the last seven years, having first moved to the area in 2001. She has a long-time academic and personal interest in gender, sexuality and difference, especially as they are part of working and studying in universities, and living in rural communities.
She describes her talk this way:
When reading a recent Australian book, I came across something that set me back on my heels. The subject of the biography, a member of the LGBTIQ+ community, declared her hatred of the word ‘queer’. This set me thinking: what are gender and gender difference? Do they lie in bodies or minds? In how we see ourselves or how others see us? Are they given at birth, or do they grow and change? And what happens when different beliefs about gender and sexuality - that they are given by God or are expressions of our true self or are given by nature or are shaped by culture – collide, especially among those who are thought to be part of the ‘same’ community?
Join us online at 12pm. Register
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: