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 and their issues.
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.
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.
On Friday 16 May, celebrations took place at the Burwood Campus and the Waterfront Campus. Staff and students gathered for morning tea and got their hands dirty, helping to plant a flower bed to celebrate visibility and diversity of sexuality and gender.
On the Warrnambool Campus, the IDAHO event took place on Thursday 22 May. Deakin Allies had a drop-in discussion with morning tea. The event even got media coverage in the Warrnambool Standard.
Here are a few photos taken at the various events.
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
Printable posters (suitable for A4, contact us for a larger file):
- 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)