Deakin's Ally network
Deakin's Ally Network aims to create a more diverse and inclusive culture by promoting greater visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, intersex, queer or questioning (LGBTIQ) staff and students.
Video of Deakin University staff and students holding up hand written anti-homophobia messages.
Video opens showing a rainbow flag with the words 'Deakin University says NO to homophobia'.
Staff and students hold up banners with the following messages on:
We are all beautiful.
End discrimination today. Equal love = equal rights.
Love, equality and new Prime Minister.
Supportive of everyone.
Elsk forskellighed (Danish, meaning love diversity).
What matters is what is in the head and the heart!
Love has no boundaries. Neither does equal rights. Live together with love and respect for all!
Homophobia - never any excuse.
Love is love.
Marry me equality.
Love me for who I am not who I love.
Love conquers all.
Love is not a family value.
Human rights for all.
Born this way.
Homophobia is curable.
Love is a human right.
Love is not a choice.
Love is not a crime.
Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
Born gay, fabulous by choice.
Put an end to homophobia.
Deakin University students against homophobia.
Kindness, kindness, kindness!
Say yes to love.
Silence = death.
Love live learn and listen.
If I 'choose' to be gay, why can't I 'choose' to marry?
Love the way people are.
NO to homophobia.
Freedom to love who we want. A basic human right!
Freedom to be yourself.
Be free to love who you want to.
Love and respect our differences.
Love everyone equally.
Love is all you need.
Say no to homophobia.
I just love who I love.
We are all people.
It should not be illegal to love. It should be illegal to hate!
Say NO to homophobia!
Equal rights to love!
Some people are gay, and that's ok!
Stand up and be free to be who you want to be.
Be careful who you hate, it might be someone you love.
Be nobody but yourself.
Don't be afraid to stand up and fight!
Respect and love.
We come in many colours.
Social inclusion - it's not too much to ask!
Love is non discriminatory.
Love is all you need.
It's not gay to say no!
Deakin University says no to homophobia. (Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University)
Deakin Allies thanks the staff and students who celebrated the International Day Against Homophobia with us.
Thank you also to the Geelong Adolescent Sexuality Program for funding our IDAHO celebrations.
Music: 'Popcorn' Tenpenny Joke by T J C Communications Publishing BMI.
Join the Ally network
Allies are staff and students who are prepared to align themselves with, and advocate on behalf of, staff and students of diverse sexuality and gender. The Network can be joined by any staff member or student.
If you would like to become involved, please contact Roman Ruzbacky via email email@example.com or phone 03 924 46048 or Felicity Thyer via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 522 78451.
News and events
National Coming Out Day reading
11 am–12 pm Wednesday 22 October, Burwood Campus GA2.02 (Greenwood Park)
Videoconferenced to Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus jb2.107, Waterfront Campus AD5.004, Warrnambool Campus J2.22 or dial in from anywhere by calling (+613) 5223 9346 Videoconferencing instructions (staff only).
Deakin Allies will celebrate National Coming Out Day with a reading from our very own Lian Low. Lian will read her short story My first kiss, which is published in Alice Pung (ed) Growing up Asian in Australia. This coming of age story looks at Lian's experiences of racism in high school and of embracing her sexual identity. The reading will be followed by a discussion so bring along your morning tea.
Across all Deakin campuses we proudly say No To Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Once again, Deakin University showed its support for diversity in our communities by flying the Rainbow flag for IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) on 17 May.
Celebrations took place at the Burwood Campus and the Geelong Waterfront Campus. Staff and students gathered for morning tea and got their hands dirty, helping to plant flower beds to celebrate visibility and diversity of sexuality and gender.
At the Warrnambool Campus, Deakin Allies had a drop-in discussion with morning tea. The event even got media coverage in the Warrnambool Standard.
Members of Deakin's Ally Network and the Deakin Pride Queer Society proudly participated in Victoria's 19th annual Victorian Pride March on Sunday 2 February in St Kilda. For the third year in a row, and in searing heat, Deakin staff and students marched behind the vibrant Deakin Ally and Pride Queer Society banners, along with 136 other registered organisations, and a crowd of more than 10 000.
Equity and Diversity have a training program which explores what it means to be someone of diverse sexuality or gender.
The impact of homophobia and the stigma associated with same sex attraction has been increasingly recognised in the media and is just one of the issues that will be explored through this workshop.
Some of the adverse outcomes on the health and wellbeing of young students include depression and suicide. Key learnings of the workshops will be: language, curriculum, culture, discrimination and homophobia.
These workshops are open to all Deakin staff and students and are run periodically or at the request of a work area. Please contact Roman Ruzbacky for more information.
- Information on coming out, including resources for support
- LGBTIQ and Ally resources and links, includes multiple links to various support, organisations and clubs
- Deakin Ally network fact sheet (PDF, 220.9 KB)
- Printable posters (Warning - large file size - suitable for A4 printing)
- Ally Poster - 'What's your cup of tea?' (PDF, 5.5 MB)
- Ally Poster - 'There's a place for everyone at Deakin' (PDF, 4 MB)
- Deakin Ally videos
- Deakin's Vice-Chancellor says no to homophobia (YouTube)
- Deakin student Luka shares his experience of homophobia (YouTube)