Deakin LGBTIQ+ Staff and Students
Monday 17th May 2021 is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
IDAHOBIT marks the anniversary of the World Health Organisation’s removal of the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990 and celebrates LGBTIQ people globally whilst raising awareness for the work still needed.
As a University community, we set strong standards of behaviour and we all have a responsibility to address unacceptable attitudes and behaviours. We recognise the rights of our LGBTIQ+ students and staff to learn, live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of our University community and the broader population.
The LGBTIQ+ community make up an estimated 11% of Australia's population. There is a substantial body of research revealing that LGBTIQ+ communities experience higher rates of depression and anxiety than the general population which has been associated with stigma, prejudice and discrimination. Recent studies also show that many LGBTQ+ people in Australia have experienced family violence.
Whilst many people in the LGBTIQ+ community feel safe, supported and celebrated by family, peers and the general community, there is still work to be done to ensure that all LGBTIQ+ people feel safe, respected and a sense of belonging both at home and in the community.
This year, to mark IDAHOBIT and to show our united support of LGBTIQ+ people, Diversity and Inclusion are promoting health and wellbeing supports and resources available for people in the LGBTIQ+ community. View the resources and video below:
Pride Respect Equality campaign
Deakin support and affirms Respect Victoria’s campaign ‘Pride, Respect, Equality’
As a society, we’ve made significant steps towards supporting, celebrating and respecting LGBTIQ+ communities. Our LGBTIQ+ communities are rich and diverse and can give people connection and a sense of identity and culture. But we know that some LGBTIQ+ people still don’t feel safe or comfortable ‘coming out’ or affirming their sexuality or gender identity.
No one should experience violence or discrimination because of their sexuality or gender identity. Listen, learn and speak up to support the LGBTIQ+ people in your family. Lead with respect and ask what they need to feel safe. Your support can make a world of difference.
To find out more about supporting LGBTIQ+ family, visit Respect Victoria’s communities of respect page.
Diversity and Inclusion spoke with Andrew Strachan about his experience as a gay man who grew up in the 80's and also his involvement in the development of Gender Affirmation supports at Deakin for staff and students.
Diversity and Inclusion spoke to Deakin Counselling and Psychological Support (CAPS) staff member Kate Towart about the services and support CAPS provides for Deakin students.
Diversity and Inclusion spoke to Dr Amie O'Shea - Deakin lecturer and researcher who studies the experiences of LGBTIQA+ People with a Disability, and
Greg Axtens - well known community advocate for LGBTIQA+ people with a disability and Pride Ambassador for the Victorian Pride Centre.
Deakin support services
For free confidential psychological support to Deakin students visit:
For accessible and confidential medical services for all current students and staff visit:
Information and services for students with a disability, health or mental health condition that affects their study or participation in university life, visit:
Sexual harm or sexual assault referral and contact information for staff and students:
If you, or someone you know you know needs support, Safer Community is here to help. The health and wellbeing of students and staff is their highest priority.
During business hours and after hours you can also contact these specialist response services
After Hours on-campus:
- Phone Deakin Security on 1800 062 579
After Hours we also advise contacting:
- Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL): 1800 806 292
- National Hotline for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault: 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732)
Victoria Police - 000
LGBTIQ+ support services
The GASP project is Geelong’s safe and inclusive space for young people aged between 12-25.
GASP provides a range of services and support to ensure that the strength and diversity of LGBTIQA+ young people are valued, celebrated and affirmed in the Geelong region.
Queerspace is an LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing support service that has a focus on relationships, families, parenting and young people and offers co-located services across the north-west metropolitan region of Victoria.
Queerspace services include:
- counselling (including individual, relationship and family counselling), case management, advocacy and support services to help you with a range of issues
- peer support including groups and seminars
- professional development, training, consulting and support for organisations who work with LGBTIQ+ people and their families
Thorne Harbour Health (THH) provides a range of services which include prevention education, treatment and care of PLHIV and counselling services. THH also serve the health needs of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) communities to ensure all gender, sex, and sexually diverse individuals are treated with dignity and can participate fully in society.
The Gender Clinic is a state-wide public health service that provides individualised, consumer centred care for the trans, gender diverse and non-binary people, their families and partners.
Transcend has connected hundreds of families to medical, legal and educational support services as well as parent/carer communities around Australia. Transcend works alongside other community organisations to promote and support programs which help trans and gender diverse kids reach their full potential. Among these organisations are the Royal Children’s Hospital Gender Service, Justice Connect, Safe Schools Coalition and the Victorian Government LGBTIQ Reference Group.
TGV is Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy. TGV works to achieve justice, equity and inclusive service provision for trans and gender diverse people, their partners, families and friends.
ACON’s digital information and resource platform for all trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, allies and health providers.
A charity for LGBTIQ+ youth - changing lives through events, education and campaigns.
Support for families and friends to have accurate, unbiased information regarding gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer issues.
QLife provides anonymous and free LGBTI peer support and referral for people in Australia wanting to talk about sexuality, identity, gender, bodies, feelings or relationships.
Rainbow Door is a free specialist LGBTIQA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Gender Diverse, Intersex, Queer, Asexual, BrotherBoys, SisterGirls) helpline providing information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their friends and family during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Support and social group for the Victorian transgender community.
Visit the IDAHOBIT website for free resources including posters, zoom backgrounds, inclusive language guides, videos and more!
Download the Deakin IDAHOBIT 2021 zoom background below:
Click on the tiles below to find out more about LGBTIQ+ networks and events, support services, Gender Affirmation guides and working at Deakin information.
About Deakin's LGBTIQ+ Allies network and events.
Deakin support services including HDCOs, useful links and resources.
Support for transgender, gender diverse and non-binary staff and students.
Benefits applicable to LGBTIQ+ staff and families such as leave and health care.