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We stand with our LGBTIQ+ community

7 May 2020

USC is committed to supporting LGBTIQ+ students and staff to learn, live and work free from prejudice and discrimination. International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersex Phobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), a day to stand with your LGBTIQ+ friends and colleagues to support equality. This year’s theme “Breaking The Silence” gives everyone the opportunity to speak up and out! Social distancing will not keep us quiet, we can all come together and make some noise because everyone’s voices, stories and lived realities matter!

Go Rainbow Be Visible Be Heard!

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USC is committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone. We have a number of initiatives in place to support our LGBTIQ+ students and staff.

  • All gender toilets: Having access to a secure toilet is a basic right for all people. Recognising that all students, staff and visitors should feel safe and welcome on our campuses, we have introduced all gender toilets at our USC Sunshine Coast, USC Moreton Bay, USC Caboolture and USC Fraser Coast campuses.
  • Business and systems changes: Students and staff can change their personal details to include preferred name and pronouns. USC Central and subscriber systems such as Blackboard have been updated or are under redevelopment to enable the use of preferred name.
  • Tailored support: With a direct point of contact with Student Wellbeing or Human Resources for students or staff who are gender affirming or transitioning and would like to discuss developing a plan that suits the needs of the individual.
  • Gender affirmation/transition guidelines for USC students and staff: Guidelines are being developed to provide information and guidance for individuals who are undergoing the affirmation/transition journey as well as information and guidance for those staff, peers and allies who are part of the support network. The working group are in the final stages of development and envisage the guidelines will be available on the USC website in Semester 2 2020.

At USC 'Everyone Belongs', so 'Go Rainbow Be Visible Be Heard'!

For more information contact Diversity@usc.edu.au.