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.
The University of Sydney Ally Network wishes to express its strong support for marriage equality in Australia. The Network believes all consenting adults should have equal rights to participate in the institution of marriage if they so choose. The requirement that marriage be between a man and a woman does not reflect contemporary Australian values of respect, dignity and equality under the law, or the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The current restrictions represent discrimination enshrined in law, which cannot be the basis of a free and equal society.
The Ally Network recognises that it is a very difficult time for the LGBTIQ community, and the network encourages any staff or students in need of support to seek the many resources available.
Now more than ever LGBTIQ people need allies. Find out more about becoming an ally.
Our network will:
The Ally Network meets regularly throughout the year. If you are interested in getting involved, attending meetings and/or social events, join the Ally Network mailing list by sending a blank email to email@example.com with ‘subscribe’ in the subject line.
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.
Our allies complete professional development training to allow them to act as an effective supporter, role model and advocate. If you are interested in becoming an ally you will need to complete the required training which includes a Sexual and Gender Diversity Training session and an Ally Training session. To become an ally you will need to:
Once these steps have been made, your contact details will be listed on the page below. You will also be given a lapel pin, and an ally sticker to display at your workspace signalling that you are an ally. If you have any questions 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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