UniSC is focused on the inclusion of sexually and gender diverse identities, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+).
As one of 65 Australian academic organisations – and the only university in Queensland – that demonstrated support for Australian Marriage Equality campaign in 2017, we remain committed to equality for sexually and gender diverse identities.
In 2022, we enhanced our commitment to equality for sexually and gender diverse identities by affirming our commitment as Intersex Allies to the Darlington Statement, which was developed by intersex organisations and advocates and articulates the human rights demands of people with intersex variations in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand.
All staff and students are encouraged to participate in LGBTIQ+ awareness training and other related learning opportunities that are available:
- The Ally Network is a UniSC support network for LGBTIQ+ students and staff to seek confidential support. UniSC staff and students who want to learn more about diverse genders and sexualities can complete training to join the Ally network, where you’ll gain the knowledge to support LGBTIQ+ communities.
For staff training opportunities: Learning and Development Calendar via MyUniSC.
For student training opportunities: Register via the Student hub.
Support for students
Student Wellbeing can provide one-on-one counselling and assist with other health and wellbeing areas. For students who are gender transitioning, this can include the development of communication plans with academics and other USC departments on your behalf. For more information visit Student Wellbeing.
Please contact the Student Guild for information about Peer Led Pride Student Groups on the Sunshine Coast and Morton Bay Campuses.
- UniSC Gender Affirmation Guidelines: For practical advice on supporting gender diverse students and staff who may be transitioning or affirming their gender, including those who identify with non-binary gender identities.
- Guidelines for the inclusion of transgender and gender diverse people in sport: A useful resource for USC sporting associations, staff or students who want to be involved in sport. These guidelines have been developed to provide guidance to sporting organisations on promoting the inclusion and participation of transgender and gender diverse people in sport.
- Diversity Days are all about celebrating or honoring LGBTIQA+ Days of Significance , and increasing awareness of the LGBTIQ community’s rich and fabulous diversity.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex Phobia and Transphobia – 17 May Annually