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:
Since the launch of the Ally Network in March 2015, the Ally Network has made a number of significant achievements which include:
The University’s Ally Network is currently seeking staff and student representatives for its Steering Committee. The Steering Committee guides the agenda of the Ally Network which seeks to promote cultural change and create a more inclusive community. The steering committee contributes to projects, policy review and events on the LGBTIQ calendar, including Mardi Gras.
The committee meets twice per semester for one hour. If you are keen to get involved and contribute to the work of the Ally Network, or you'd just like more information, email Louise Bannerman or phone +61 2 9036 4758.
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. An ally is also an agent of change who challenges homophobia and heterosexism.
Allies have completed professional development training to allow them to act as an effective supporter, role model and advocate. As part of our network, we partnered with Pride in Diversity, Australia's first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist with LGBTIQ inclusion.
In 2017 we will roll-out gender and sexually diverse training and ally training. If you are interested in becoming an ally and undertaking the training soon to be offered please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allies are not experts in LGBTIQ issues and may or may not be from the LGBTIQ community.
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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.
In preparation for the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, we’ve collated a few ways you can stand with our LGBTIQ staff and students, and the support structures in place every day for those who identify as LGBTIQ.
A pride of proud lions brought a taste of the jungle to Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday night, with more than 100 students and staff members joining the fun as part of the University of Sydney float.
On a cold Saturday night in Sydney on June 24, 1978, a number of gay men, lesbians and transgender people marched into the pages of Australian social history. Mark Gillespie was one of them.