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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 924 46048 or Felicity Thyer via email email@example.com or phone 03 522 78451
News and events
Across all Deakin campuses we proudly say No to Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Once again, Deakin University will show its support for diversity in our communities by flying the Rainbow flag for IDAHOBIT (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia) across all Campuses on Friday 15 May.
Celebrations will take place at the following campuses:
Monday 18 May 2015, 12 to 1.30 pm, Burwood Corporate Centre (building BC)
Brenda Appleton from Transgender Victoria will give a presentation on the experience of transgender people in Australia. The aim of this session will be to discuss gender identity and resultant issues, provide definitions as required and highlight the challenges faced by trans and gender diverse people. Event organised in partnership with DUSA and Deakin Allies.
Geelong (Waurn Ponds Campus)
Monday 18th May, 12-2 pm, Waurn Ponds Union Green (just outside building JB)
DUSA's Geelong Queer Collective and Deakin Allies are joining forces to celebrate IDAHO at Geelong Waurn Ponds. There will be a BBQ ($2 non-DUSA members, $1 DUSA members, free for DGQC members) and the chance for you to be immortalised in paint by lending a hand for equality. The group will create a canvas with people's hand prints or words which will be used for future Deakin LGBTIQ events.
Thursday 14 May 2015, 11am to 12 pm, Warrnambool Art Gallery
The Deakin Allies will host an open forum at the Warrnambool Art Gallery on 14 May which will involve a panel of people talking about their personal experiences and answering questions.
Speakers at the forum are Lian Low, Adrian Price, Roxanne Thomson and Allison Thomson. Lian is a writer, editor and spoken word artist who has performed at Melbourne's Midsumma Festival, Big West Festival and Malaysia based Melaka Art & Performance Festival. Lian will be travelling to Warrnambool from the Burwood campus along with Adrian Price, a member of the LGBTIQ community who has worked for or in partnership with key community organisations such as the ALSO Foundation, Midsumma, the Victorian AIDS Council and VicBears Inc.
Pride March celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2015. Deakin was part of the celebration once again, with staff members, students and even a Deakin car in the parade.
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)
- Deakin Ally videos
- Deakin's Vice-Chancellor says no to homophobia (YouTube)
- Deakin student Luka shares his experience of homophobia (YouTube)