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.
The University of Sydney's Ally Network is a group set up to support the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) members of our community. Network members, or 'allies', complete professional development training and are committed to diversity inclusion. All students and staff are invited to join, publicly display their rainbows and be available as support to others. Joining through the website is easy and allies have their contact details published online so they can be called upon by others. Gender and sexually diverse training and Ally training will be rolled out in 2017.
For the first time this year, the University of Sydney will be involved in Fair Day, a free community event on February 19. Come on down and visit our stall, listen to our mini-talk series from members of our community, eat your fill of international dishes and learn about local LGBTIQ organisations.
The 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is set for March 4 – get your most dazzling costume on, bring your pride flag and come see the University of Sydney float and dancers. Last year our dancers beat 194 other floats to win the award for the best choreography! Our float is currently under construction – we’ll be bringing you updates on its progress so stay tuned.
Apart from approaching an Ally in person or through email, students and staff have several avenues to turn to for emotional or medical help.
For staff, AccessEAP provides excellent short-term professional counselling as the University’s employee assistance service. The service is confidential and on hand for personal- and/or work-related issues.
For students, staff and visitors to campus, the University Health Service gives everyone a hand with general and emergency medical care services. For immediate emergency support, Campus Security can be contacted 24/7 on (02) 9351 3333.
Widen your tribe and join groups, clubs and societies whose social and political beliefs reflect your own. Just a few are:
Ensure that you’re familiar with the University’s commitment to diversity and our strategy for inclusion. A commitment to diversity also requires community leadership. Socialise and defend diversity: have those important conversations, call out inappropriate behaviour, and widen the rainbow to all parts of our campus.