The USQ 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 USQ 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 USQ 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 USQ Ally training and have access to resources and are equipped with a network of professional referrals.
The Ally Newsletter is sent to all formally registered Allies monthly. To contribute to the newsletter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Issue #36 May 2019
- Issue #37 June 2019
- Issue #38 July 2019
- Issue #39 August 2019
- Issue #40 September 2019
- Issue #41 October 2019
- Issue #42 November 2019
- Issue #43 March 2020
- Issue #44 May 2020
- Issue #45 July 2020
- Issue #46 September 2020
Become an Ally
There are currently no scheduled LGBTIQ+ training sessions. Please check back later this year!
Ally Network Natters
USQ 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 USQ. They are gatherings alternating between Springfield, Ipswich and Toowoomba campuses, which are also available to all USQ Allies via live webinar.
Guest Speaker: Lucas Lixinski, Associate Professor UNSW Law - ‘Being LGBTIQ+ in Academia’
Wednesday 3rd March 2021, 12.45pm
Professor Lucas Lixinski will talk about what he has learned from being LGBTIQ+ that helps his work as an academic. He came out at about the same time he started his academic career post-PhD, so he learned to be a gay man and an academic all at once. In this process, he learned about armours, strategic use of clichés, rejection of labels, empathy, and checking his own privilege. This is a story that is part autobiographical, part gay liberation and queer theory, and fundamentally about finding oneself and others in rainbow-colored tweed.
Lucas Lixinski is a Professor at the Faculty of Law and Justice, UNSW Sydney. He grew up in Brazil, and has been in Australia for nearly ten years. Most of his teaching and research are in the fields of international human rights law and international cultural heritage law, often at the intersection of the two. He is now starting to explore LGBTIQ+ rights in international law, and some of his work on the topic can be found here: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3607667.
To join us via zoom webinar, register here.
Allies are USQ staff and students who are informed about and empathetic to the needs of the LGBTIQ community. Their role is to provide confidential support to USQ 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: