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Ally Network

Supporting our LGBTIQ community
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We established an Ally Network to support the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) members of our community, and show our commitment to creating a stronger and more inclusive environment.

Our aim is for all members of our community to feel supported and free to contribute their best, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. Our network will:

  • help to create a welcoming and supportive environment for everyone who identifies as LGBTIQ
  • promote cultural change and support our commitment to creating a stronger and more inclusive community by raising LGBTIQ awareness
  • challenge homophobia and homophobic attitudes and behaviours
  • support all members of our community to feel safe to be who they are.

Our allies

An ally is anyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, who supports LGBTIQ inclusion. The role of an ally is to be aware of the challenges faced by LGBTIQ people and to make a difference in whatever way they feel comfortable. This can include being a point of contact or standing against inequality or exclusion.

As part of our network, we've partnered with Pride in Diversity, Australia's first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist with LGBTIQ inclusion.

Note on terminology

At the University of Sydney, ‘LGBTIQ’ is used as an inclusive umbrella term that recognises the diversity and experiences of sexualities and genders. We acknowledge that this terminology is a source of ongoing community debate and may not reflect the preferred identification of individuals.

IDAHOT – Turning the heat up on Homophobia and Transphobia

On Tuesday 17 May, The University of Sydney and the Ally Network will mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) with two events for students, staff and visitors. Both events reflect the University’s core values of respect, diversity and inclusion, and build on the momentum of the Diversity and Inclusion Framework Strategy and the work of the Ally Network.

Panel discussion and luncheon

The first event is a dynamic facilitated panel discussion featuring a diverse range of staff and students from the LGBTIQ community. This will be followed by lunch and fun activities. The event aims to challenge and shift mindsets in order to create a working and learning environment in which all LGBTIQ staff and students feel safe, included and supported to achieve their best.

When: Tuesday 17 May, 12-1pm followed by a light lunch
Where: The Refectory, Holme Building (A09)
Please RSVP via the registration link.

Gayby Baby free film screening

Come along to a free screening of the highly acclaimed Australian film Gayby Baby, a documentary about same-sex families told from the perspective of the children.  Free popcorn and Golden Gaytime Ice Creams provided for all.

When: Tuesday 17 May, 4.30-6.00pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 3003, Sydney Nanoscience Hub (A31)
No RSVP required, come along and bring a friend.

IDAHOT is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity, our achievements and success stories and identify the next steps to continue to create a more inclusive environment for all.

The University is committed to real conversations and actions to support, include and celebrate LGBTQI staff and students at the University of Sydney.

For further information please contact Louise Bannerman, email: or phone: 9036 4758.