Deakin University recognises the importance of having a richly diverse student and staff community and the need to actively and positively support this diversity. We know that there are a wide range of unique challenges facing members of our community who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, or questioning their gender or sexuality (LGBTIQ or people of diverse sexualities and genders).
To support you during any challenges you may be facing, we have compiled this list of resources, to help you find the advice or assistance that you need.
So you have decided it is time to tell others about your sexuality. This can be an important milestone for every LGBTIQ person, however, it can be a daunting and often challenging process. Where do you start and how do you do it?
It is usually helpful to talk with someone you trust. You might want to talk to a friend, a qualified counsellor, nurse or doctor. If they don't understand or can't help then try someone else; don't give up. You are too important. There are many excellent resources available on campus and in the community.
If you are questioning or planning to come out, Deakin can support you through its counselling service. Deakin's Ally Network can also help, along with local support groups, listed below, can also provide advice and a safe space.
If you need someone to talk to in a crisis, or just some advice, there is help available, no matter where you are located.
- Deakin has a free, confidential counselling and psychological support service available to students.
- Staff are also able to take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program.
There are also a number of external support services and groups:
- Lifeline (call 13 11 14) - if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or intentions, please call Lifeline immediately.
- QLife/Switchboard – Australia’s first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTIQ people. Call 1800 184 527 between 3 pm and midnight, any day of the week. There is also an online chat service.
- It Gets Better Project
- Headspace Hawthorn
- Headspace Geelong
- Headspace Warrnambool
- Deakin University Medical Centres offer accessible and confidential medical services, staffed by qualified medical doctors and nurses who understand your specific needs.
- GLHV – Gay & Lesbian Health Victoria - a huge range of health resources
- Victorian AIDS Council - the place to start for sexual health enquiries, no matter what your gender or sexual identity.
Deakin fully supports your right to a safe and harassment free environment. These links outline your rights, and what to do if you need to report discrimination, harassment, abuse or another violent crime.
There is a growing number of organisations working to secure a better future for the LGBTIQ community. These organisations are a great place to start if you want to know more about current LGBTIQ rights issues
- Victorian Government – Equality
- Safe Schools Coalition Victoria
- Pride in Diversity
- Free and equal United Nations campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality
- Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council
- TransGender Victoria
- Bi-Alliance Victoria
- Oii Australia – Organisation Intersex International Australia Limited
- Queer Muslims in Australia
- Transcend Support
- Asexual Visibility and Education Network
- Australian Medical Lesbian Association
Family is important, be it your family of origin or your chosen family. These groups provide support while also fighting for the rights of LGBTIQ people to form legally equal families.
We fully support your right to a safe and harassment free environment. These links outline your rights and what to do if you need to report discrimination, harassment, abuse or another violent crime.
The LGBTIQ world has its own media. Australia is particularly fortunate to have such a wide scope. Get news from your perspective by radio, streaming, print or the web.
Victoria is home to a number of major events each summer. Get to one or get to them all and take some change to donate to your favourite LGBTIQ charities. Check out the Deakin Ally Network page for Deakin events.
The hidden history of the LGBTIQ community is fascinating. TheAustralian Lesbian and Gay Archivesmake this history accessible. Look out for the gay and lesbian history walks held over Midsumma, bringing our history to life.
LGBTIQ youth who are starting a career often have hesitations about being out in the workplace.Out for Australiaprovides visible role models, mentors and other support to aspiring LGBTIQ professionals, to strengthen the sense of community among professionals and students.
Academics and students at Deakin are carrying out research of interest to LGBTIQ people all the time. Some of our most recent research:
- Erasure, exclusion by inclusion, and the absence of intersectionality: introducing bisexuality in education – Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, 2016
- Queer pedagogies out of place and time: redrawing the boundaries of youth, sexual and gender difference, and education – Daniel Marshall, 2016
- “And yet we are still excluded”: reclaiming multicultural queer histories and engaging with contemporary multicultural queer realities – Lian Low and Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, 2015
- A gender for change – Bree Carlton and Emma Russell, 2015
- Revisiting the Tasty raid: lesbian and gay respectability and police legitimacy – Emma Russell, 2015
- Beating space and time: historical gay sex and queer cultural geographies of masculinities – Daniel Marshall, 2015
- Psychological wellbeing among same-sex attracted and heterosexual parents: Role of connectedness to family and friendship networks – Jennifer Power, Margot J. Schofield, Davide Farchione, Amaryll Perlesz, Ruth McNair, Rhonda Brown, Marian Pitts and Andrew Bickerdike, 2015
- Building healthcare workers’ confidence to work with same-sex parented families – H. von Doussa, J. Power, R. McNair, R. Brown, M. Schofield, A. Perlesz, M. Pitts, and A. Bickerdike, 2015
- Putting “traditional values” into practice: the rise and contestation of anti-homopropaganda laws – Cai Wilkinson, 2014
- LGBT activism in Kyrgyzstan: What role for Europe? LGBT Activism and the making of Europe – Cai Wilkinson, 2014
- The dangers of a single story: heteronormativity in physical education – Leanne Coll, Eimear Enright, and Mary O’Sullivan, 2014
Australian Research Centre Sex, Health and
Society (ARCSHS) - LaTrobe University
ARCSHS is a centre for social research into sexuality, health and the social dimensions of human relationships. They work in partnership with communities, community-based organisations, government and professionals to produce research that advances knowledge and promotes positive change in policy, practice and people’s lives.