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 #35 April 2019
- 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
Become an Ally
The next scheduled LGBTIQ+ online training sessions will take place between 10am-12.30pm. The date is:
If you wish to participate please register to attend. If you have any question about the training 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 gatherings alternating between Springfield, Ipswich and Toowoomba campuses, which are also available to all USQ Allies via live webinar.
Guest Speaker: Mark Thomas, USQ Student
Tuesday 6 October, 12.45pm
Come join us for the next Ally Network Natter. We will hear from Mark Thomas, USQ student, currently studying a Bachelor of Human Services, who works part-time as a self-employed Disability Support Work, and volunteers with various organisations including Sunrise Way, Diverse Voices and PFLAG. He will share his story with the hope that he can encourage those who are going through hard times to find support and to inspire people to reach their own full potential. Join us via live zoom webinar.
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: