Deakin's Ally network
News and events
IDAHOT 17 May 2016
Deakin University once again showed support for diversity in our communities by flying the rainbow flag for IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) on 17 May.
Deakin Allies also joined in the Geelong rainbow flag raising ceremony on the steps of Geelong City Hall, organised by the Geelong Adolescent Sexuality Project (GASP).
Australian marriage equality
We are pleased to share the news that Vice-Chancellor Jane den Hollander has pledged Deakin's support for marriage equality. Deakin joins over 900 other organisations pledging support for the Australian marriage equality campaign.
View the Vice-Chancellor's letter of support (PDF, 620.5 KB) , confirming the University’s value for and commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Australian Ally Conference
Deakin University is pleased to support the Australian Ally Conference being held 27–28 June 2016 at Western Sydney University. The conference will explore how best to encourage better communication between higher education Ally networks, through workshops and training, sharing experiences and showcasing best practice.
Join the Ally network
Allies are staff and students who 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 Felicity Thyer via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 522 78451.
- 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)
- Deakin Ally videos
- Deakin's Vice-Chancellor says no to homophobia (YouTube)
- Deakin student Luka shares his experience of homophobia (YouTube)
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.