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LGBTIQ community

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.

LGBTIQ+ Graduating Students


The USQ Ally Network would like to acknowledge your achievement of obtaining your degree with all its challenges. As a token and memento, we are pleased to offer a Lavender Pin to our graduating LGBTIQ+ students!


The Lavender Pin originated as a tradition in North America, where Lavender Graduation Ceremonies are celebrated across many universities. The colour lavender has a significance in LGBTIQ+ history, and is today used as a symbol of pride.


To claim a pin, please email from your umail account with the following details:

  • Your name and student ID
  • The congratulations email from the VC regarding your graduation (a screen shot or you can forward the email)
  • If you would like to collect the pin from the Student Success and Wellbeing office, and which campus: Toowoomba, Ipswich, or Springfield
  • If you cannot collect, a mailing address we can send your pin to. This will be in a USQ envelope but not identified on the outside as from the Ally Network.

Ally newsletter

The Ally Newsletter is sent to all formally registered Allies monthly. To contribute to the newsletter, please email    

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: Susan Hopkins, Associate Professor - The Sexualised “Other” Woman in Erotic Thriller Films of the 1990s:

Class Loathing and Lesbian Desire in Victim-blaming Misogynistic Media Mythologies

Wednesday 28th April, 11am-12pm

Susan Hopkins is an Associate Professor in USQ College, USQ Springfield Campus. Susan holds a PhD in social science and a Masters (Research) in education. Her research interests include gender and media studies. This presentation is an outline of Susan’s most recent research on the theme of the (mis)representation of certain moral “types” of women as hate objects in postfeminist film and television, including the (mis)representation of lesbian desire to mark out the supposed, imagined pathology, transgression and threat presented by the Other woman character.

Trigger Warning: The following presentation will include image, script and text references to the sexualisation of women and eroticisation of violence in mainstream Hollywood erotic thriller films of the 1990s. Attendees are advised that this presentation will contain discussion of matters of an adult nature, including references to mainstream Hollywood feature films which have been recommended restricted to mature audiences.

To join us via zoom webinar, register here.

USQ Allies

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:

LGBTIQ resources and referral

USQ Ally Network

The USQ 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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