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, bisexual, 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 email@example.com.
- Issue #29 September 2018
- Issue #30 October 2018
- Issue #31 November 2018
- Issue #32 January 2019
- Issue #33 February 2019
- Issue #34 March 2019
- Issue #35 April 2019
- Issue #36 May 2019
- Issue #37 June 2019
- Issue #38 July 2019
- Issue #39 August 2019
Become an Ally
We do not have any scheduled LGBTIQ+ training sessions at this time. If you wish to participate in future sessions please email us: Ally@usq.edu.au.
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 monthly gatherings held on the first Wednesday of the month alternating between Springfield and Ipswich campuses, which are also available to all USQ Allies via live webinar.
USQ Ally Network Natter
USQ Ally Network Natter
Wednesday 2nd October, 12.30pm-1.30pm
‘Diverse Voices/QLife Services and Life after Marriage Equality’ – Yvonne O’Callaghan
Diverse Voices is one of four state-based counselling services that works in partnership with QLife in providing a national peer-based telephone and webchat service for our diverse communities.
After 24 years of being with her partner, Yvonne was able to legally get married last March. They have two children that are 11 years old and live on the north side of Brisbane. She works as a QLife Program Coordinator for Diverse Voices and has been in this position for 6 years since the start of the QLife project. Her main role is to recruit and train new volunteer peer supporters. They do this annually and the whole process takes 6 months. She liaises with service providers and attends community events to share the wonderful work that their peer supporters do. By doing this she hopes to promote and raise awareness of this important national LGBTIQ service provider.
After an overview of QLife and Diverse Voices, Yvonne will be sharing her personal story about how the marriage equality plebiscite impacted on her life and those around her. Yvonne was the guest speaker for our inaugural USQ Ally Network Natter back in 2016! We are excited to hear how things have progressed for her since then.
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: