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 unique challenges facing students and staff who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex, queer or questioning their sexuality (LGBTIQ or people of diverse sexualities and genders).
There is a huge range of resources available to you – check out the links below.
If you are questioning or planning to come out, there is specific support available to you.
The Ally Network aims to create a more diverse and inclusive culture by promoting greater visibility and awareness of staff and students of diverse sexualities and genders and their issues. Anyone can join the network and become an Ally.
LGBTIQ resources and links
Coming out and becoming part of a community are important milestones for every LGBTIQ person. These groups provide advice and safe spaces to do this.
If you need someone to talk to in a crisis or just for some advice, these groups can help. No matter where you are located, there is someone nearby.
- QLife – Australia's first nationally-oriented counselling and referral service for LGBTIQ people.
Call 1800 184 527 5.30–10.30 pm every day
There is also an online chat service.
- Switchboard – Vic/Tas counselling and referral for LGBTIQ
03 9663 2939 03 9663 2939 (Melb)
1800 184 527 1800 184 527 (regional & Tas)
Mon–Thur 6–10 pm (Wed 2–10 pm)
Fri–Sun and public holidays 6–9 pm
*If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts or intentions please call lifeline immediately on 13 11 14
- It Gets Better Project
- Headspace Geelong Headspace – Mental health for ages 12–25
LGBTIQ people have some specific health issues. GLHV has a huge range of health resources. The Victorian AIDS Council is the place to start for sexual health enquiries – no matter what your gender or sexual identity.
Family is important, be it your family of origin or your chosen family. These groups provide support while also fighting for the rights for LGBTIQ people to form legally equal families.
We fully support your right for 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, web streaming, print or the web.
Victoria is home to a number of major events each summer. Get to one or get to them all, take some change to donate to your favourite LGBTIQ charities and remember to 'slip, slop, slap' in the sun.
The hidden history of the LGBTIQ community is fascinating. The Archives make this history accessible. Look out for the gay & 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 Australia provides visible role models, mentors, and other support to aspiring LGBTIQ professionals and to strengthen the sense of community among professionals and students.