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LGBTIQ+ and community

Our commitment

USC 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.

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 USC support network for LGBTIQ+ students and staff to seek confidential support. USC 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 MyUSC. 2020 dates TBA

For student training opportunities: Register via the Student hub.

Support for students

Student Wellbeing

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.

Pride Club: A USC Social Support Group

Pride Club is a social catch up time which celebrates all genders and sexualities, including bisexual, pansexual, fluid, asexual, questioning, transgender, non-binary and intersex students. Whether you are questioning, coming out or you’re out, you can connect with people who may have had similar experiences. Join us!

For more information go to Student Wellbeing.

Queer Social 

Queer Social is a social group for LGBTIQ+ students.

Their Facebook page, which is open to students from all USC campuses to join, is closed to the public to protect the privacy of individuals who join. You can find us by searching Queer Social.

Resources

  • 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.
  • Gender Affirmation: 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.

Events

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex Phobia and Transphobia – 17 May Annually