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LGBTIQ - Ally network

The University’s Ally Network supports the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) members of our community.

The network is a trained group of staff and students who support and advocate on behalf of everyone who identifies as LGBTIQ. 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.

Talking to an ally

If you’re seeking information or someone to talk to about gender and sexual diversity, you can talk to an Ally Network contact.

You don't have to identify as LGBTIQ to talk to an ally.

Becoming an ally

Anyone is welcome to participate and stand together as an ally. Your role is to be a point of support for LGBTIQ students and staff, to be aware of the challenges and to make a difference in whatever way you feel comfortable.

This can include being a point of contact or standing against inequality or exclusion.

Find out more about the role and responsibilities of an ally.

This year we will roll-out gender and sexually diverse training and ally training. If you are interested in becoming an ally and undertaking the upcoming training email us at ally.network@sydney.edu.au.

Other support

University of Sydney

  • Queer Action Collective (QuAC) – an active collective, hosting and organising activities and events throughout the year to build a strong, inclusive community.

University of Sydney Union (USU):

  • The Queerspace – an autonomous room on campus open to all queer-identifying and questioning students.
  • SHADES – a society at the University that organises social events for LGBTIQ students and their friends.

Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA):

  • SUPRA Queer Network  - an equity network representing and supporting queer-identifying postgraduate students.

Community support

  • Twenty10 – a community-based, non-profit, state-wide organisation providing a range of support services for people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and communities.
  • ACON – a Sydney based not-for-profit that actively promotes LGBT and health, and runs regular workshops targeted at providing support and health awareness.
  • QLife - Australia's first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for people who are LGBTI.
  • National LGBTI Health Alliance - The national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on LGBTI and other sexuality, gender, and bodily diverse people and communities.
  • The Gender Centre - services for transgender and gender diverse community, their partners, family members and friends including accomodation, counselling, education and training.
  • Female to Male Australia (FTMA) - the largest membership based network of men who identify as transsexual, offering accurate, relevant and timely information about transitioning.
  • Organisation Intersex International Australia - a national body by and for people with intersex variations, promoting human rights and bodily autonomy for intersex people and providing information, education and peer support.
  • Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome Support Group Australia (AIS) - a peer support information and advocacy group for people affected by AIS and/or related intersex variations, and their families.
  • Minus 18 - Australia's largest youth led network for LGBTI youth, providing support and peer mentoring to LGBTI young leaders.
  • Ankali - The Ankali Project trains and supports volunteers who then provide emotional and social support to people living with HIV.
  • Australian Lesbian Medical Association (ALMA) - a supportive network for lesbian doctors, medical students and their partners.
  • Gay and Married Men's Association (GAMMA) - a safe and confidential forum for men to discuss and consider issues relating to their sexuality and the relationships in their lives.

Study and employment

  • Pride in Diversity - the national not-for-profit employer support program for LGBTI workplace inclusion, specialising in HR, organisational change and workplace diversity.
  • Out for Australia - supporting and mentoring asipiring LGBTIQ professionals as they navigate their way through the early stages of their careers.
  • Australian LGBTIQ University guide - a guide providing information about how well Australian Universities cater to the needs of LGBTI students through policies, staff training, resources and support.
  • The Pinnacle Foundation - providing scholarships to LGBTI+ students who are marginalised or disadvantaged.

Rights

  • Anti-Discrimination Board - promotes anti-discrimination, equal opportunity principles and policies throughout NSW and administers anti-discrimination laws of the state.
  • Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) - Advocates on behalf of lesbians and gay men. They also provide referral and educative resources on gay and lesbian rights to the media, policy makers and the community.
  • Human Rights Commission - identifies and builds community awareness around the human rights issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people and makes it unlawful to discriminate against such persons.
  • The Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) - provides free and confidential legal service statewide for the NSW LGBTIQ community. They also run the Safe Relationship Project, which assists LGBTIQ individuals who are experiencing or escaping an abusive relationship.

Ally network

Details
Contact the Ally Network for support and advice.
Last updated: 31 August 2017

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