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LGBTIQ community

The UniSQ Ally Network aims to provide a safe-zone and visible support network for students and employees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer or questioning (LGBTIQ). 

The Network promotes a supportive and inclusive educational and work environment, aims to create change and advocates against discriminative or exclusive behaviours. The Network also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including UniSQ Ally Network Natters, a monthly gathering providing a safe and inclusive space for discussion for the LGBTIQ community and their supporters.

Library LGBTIQ safe place

The UniSQ Library LGBTIQ safe place is an initiative demonstrating the Library’s commitment to providing a visible and inclusive safe place for our LGBTIQ staff and students. Library staff have received UniSQ Ally training and have access to resources and are equipped with a network of professional referrals.

Ally newsletter

The Ally Newsletter is sent to all formally registered Allies monthly. To contribute to the newsletter, please email ally@usq.edu.au.    

Become an Ally

Ally training dates for 2022 can be found here

Ally Network Natters

UniSQ Ally Network Natters are intended to be a safe and inclusive space for discussion and relaxation for members of the LGBTIQ community and their supporters within UniSQ. They are gatherings alternating between Springfield, Ipswich and Toowoomba campuses, which are also available to all UniSQ Allies via live webinar.    

Guest Speaker: Mickey Berry

Wednesday 20th July, 12.30pm - 1.15pm

Greens candidate Mickey Berry, the first non-binary candidate to run for Groom, said while many pundits had written off the seat as an easy win for the LNP, other parties should not be underestimated.

"We've always been pretty good at running diverse candidates, but it's really good to see other people branching out and having more diverse candidates running as a whole," they said.

"They are a little bit comfortable in this region, but that's a given, it is the second safest LNP seat in the country.  "I think things are starting to change a little bit and they should be a little bit more concerned with some of the people coming up and coming through and entering politics.  "It might not be as safe as they think it is."

Mickey Berry said their name on the ballot paper would mean a lot to the growing LGBTIQA+ community in Toowoomba. "We have a much larger LGBTIQA+ community here than people realise, and we need more resources for that community," they said. "That representation, it's something I would have loved to see when I was younger. So, I'm glad that I can be that representation."

Join us online at 12.30pm. Register

UniSQ Allies

Allies are UniSQ staff and students who are informed about and empathetic to the needs of the LGBTIQ community. Their role is to provide confidential support to UniSQ staff and students of the LGBTIQ community and advocate for a community free from harassment or discrimination based on sexuality and gender identity. Allies do not necessarily identify as LGBTIQ and are not necessarily professional counsellors or equity practitioners. 

Allies undertake awareness training and are equipped with a network of professional referrals and LGBTIQ community resources. They can be identified by the small rainbow sticker on their office door or window, or they may be wearing a small rainbow pin. Find a member:

LGBTIQ resources and referral

UniSQ Ally Network

The UniSQ Ally Network aims to provide a safe-zone and a visible support network for students and employees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, bisexual, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ).

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Phone
+61 7 4631 2372

Email
ally@usq.edu.au