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.
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.
Queer Coffee Catch Up: A USC Social Support Group
Queer chat time 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.
The Rainbow Connection at USC
A social group for LGBTIQ+ students and friends. The Rainbow Connection meets regularly at USC Sunshine Coast and have external social outings.
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. For more information contact the USC Student Guild via email StudentGuild@usc.edu.au.
- Inclusive Language Guide: Respecting people of intersex, trans and gender diverse experiences. (PDF)
- Anti-Homophobia and Inclusion Framework for Australian Sports
A useful resource for USC sporting associations, staff or students who want to be involved in sport. It provides a framework to combat discrimination against same-sex attracted people in sport.
- Working with LGBTIQ Students (content for PDF to be developed attached)
- 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.
International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia – Friday 17 May 2019