LGBTIQ resources

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.

Coming out

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. The Deakin LGBTIQ+ Community can also help, along with local support groups, listed below, can also provide advice and a safe space.

Community and social groups

Becoming part of an LGBT community can be an important step in building a support network and making lasting social connections with people who understand issues specific to LGBTIQ people.

Deakin has a number of social groups for staff and students alike:

These groups can also provide support:

Wellbeing and counselling

If you need someone to talk to in a crisis, or just some advice, there is help available, no matter where you are located. 

There are also a number of external support services and groups: 

Health

Harassment, discrimination and your rights at Deakin

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. 

General LGBTIQ organisations and resources

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

Family

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. 

Rights and crime

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. 

Media

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. 

Events

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. 

History

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.

Career

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.

Research

Academics and students at Deakin are carrying out research of interest to LGBTIQ people all the time. Some of our most recent research: 

External research

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.

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