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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.

On Sunday 31 January, Deakin University staff and students once again participated in Victoria's Pride March, the 21st such event which is now a highlight of Melbourne’s annual Midsumma Festival.

Deakin’s Ally Network and DUSA’s Deakin Pride Queer Society, along with staff, students, friends and family members marched through St Kilda’s streets, cheered on by thousands of supporters.

Deakin Allies and Equity & Diversity congratulate Roxanne/Bobby J. on winning the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex Regional workplace Inclusion Champion National Award on 15 May 2015 at a ceremony in Sydney. Read more about her story and the award in this article from the Warrnambool Standard.

Picture of Roxanne Thomson (2nd from left) on the stage at the AWEI awards

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Deakin says NO to homophobia video transcript

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.
Celebrate love.
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 Felicity Thyer via email felicity.thyer@deakin.edu.au or phone 03 522 78451.

Download the Ally Plan (PDF 550kb)

News and events


Across all Deakin campuses we proudly say No to Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. Once again, Deakin University showed 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.

Warrnambool Art Gallery hosted Deakin Ally Network's third International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) key event - a forum featuring Roxanne/Bobby J. Thomson, her mother Allison, and Deakin Allies Adrian Price and Lian Low.

This year, the events at the Burwood and Waurn Ponds campuses were organised in partnership with DUSA. In Burwood, Brenda Appleton from Transgender Victoria gave a presentation on the experience of transgender people in Australia. In Geelong, the celebrations included a BBQ and the creation of a canvas with people's hand prints or words, which will be used for future Deakin LGBTIQ events.

At the Warrnambool forum, Lian read her coming out story from Growing Up Asian in Australia. Roxanne (who sometimes goes as her male alter-ego, Bobby J.), a Deakin staff and Warrnambool local, spoke about the importance of being accepted in all aspects of her life. Allison provided intimate insights into Roxanne's coming out journey within a regional context.

Alison, Adrian, Lian and Roxanne at the IDAHOBIT event in Warrnambool


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.


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