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Ally Network

Creating a stronger and more inclusive environment
The Ally Network supports the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) members of our community.

What we do

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

  • help to create a welcoming, safe 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, transphobia and biphobia and homophobic attitudes and behaviours
  • give LGBTIQ staff and students a voice by providing a channel to raise concerns and issues to the University leadership
  • celebrate important LGBTIQ calendar events throughout the year. 

The role of an Ally

An ally is anyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, sex charateristics or gender identity, who supports LGBTIQ inclusion. An ally is also an agent of change who challenges  homophobia, biphobia, instersexism and transphobia.

  • allies are staff and students
  • are LGBTIQ friendly and trained to support LGBTIQ issues
  • provide a safe and confidential environment for people to make enquiries regarding issues related to matters of LGBTIQ diversity
  • attend training, formally sign a pledge of support and treat all conversations and approaches as strictly confidential
  • show leadership through being publicly supportive of sexual diversity
  • display a sticker at their workstation or office door and identify themselves as Allies
  • increase respect and inclusion of LGBTIQ staff and students and role model non-discriminatory practices and language
  • proactively combat, wherever possible, homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and heterosexism on campus
  • provide information and are able to appropriately refer.

Allies are not experts in LGBTIQ issues and may or may not be from the LGBTIQ community.

Join us

All staff and students are welcome to join our Ally Network and we have a large network of allies on campus. Find out how you can get involved:

  • Students: visit the student website for instructions on how to join. 
  • Staff: staff can visit the staff intranet to register to complete sexual, gender diversity and ally training. You will need a UniKey to log on. 

Note on terminology

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

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