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The LGBTQ+ community includes people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, bi+, transgender, gender diverse, queer, Intersex, asexual and those who are questioning their identity.
The + acknowledges that the LGBTQ+ acronym is always evolving, and there are many identities and experiences not fully represented by the acronym.
Visit the LGBTIQ+ contacts and support page from the University for an overview of support and resources available.
SSLO’s are staff volunteers who have received specialised training to support students who are affirming their genders. SSLO’s aim to promote inclusion and support for LGBTQ+ students at the University and can provide information about resources to promote health, safety and connection with other students and the community.
The Pride Network is a Usyd initiative which seeks to ensure the Uni is a safe space for LGBTQ+ students and staff. They hold various meetings throughout the year.
SHADES is a student-run society that organise social events for LGBTQ+ students and their friends.
Sydney University Law Society (SULS) Queer Committee
SULS queer portfolio provides support to LGBTQ+ law students.
A safe space for LGBTQ+ students to hang out. The Queerspace can be found in room G10 on the ground floor of the Manning Building, Camperdown Campus.
Usyd Queer Action Collective (QuAC)
QuAC is the undergrad queer collective, seeking to make Usyd and the wider community a better place for everyone. QuAC runs social events and regularly meets in The Queerspace.
ACON offers a range of free and affordable counselling services for LGBTQ+ adults in NSW. Services include Pride Counselling, Care Coordination, HIV Counselling, Substance Support and Home-Based Care.
Headspace Camperdown Queer Group
A group for LGBTQ+ young people aged 12–25 to hang out and connect.
An LGBTQ+ organisation based in Chippendale. For young people aged 12–25 they offer counselling, case work and transitional housing services. They also offer social support services that include drop-in and social events. Twenty10 offers referral support and information for people of all ages.
The Gender Centre
The Gender Centre provide a range of services for trans and gender-diverse people across NSW, including counselling, casework, and accommodation.
TransHub is ACON’s digital information and resource platform for all trans and gender diverse people in NSW, their loved ones, allies, and health providers. Includes information on school and university, and for educators and allies. Check out the Trans Vitality Toolkit.
Free, anonymous LGBTQ+ peer support phone and webchat service, available every day of the year from 3pm to midnight.
There is no one way to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community. Below are some simple ways to demonstrate your support.
Using the correct name and pronoun for your peers and students is an easy and important way to make someone feel welcome and respected.
Consider modelling this by updating your pronouns in Sydney Student, Canvas and in your email signature. Find information about changing your personal details.
In the University setting, this might look like providing LGBTQ+ information and resources in communal areas, putting up LGBTQ+ affirmative posters, or coordinating training for students and staff.
If other people in the University are being discriminatory or disrespectful, sometimes allies can intervene to say when behaviour isn’t ok. Read the Uni’s advice on how to be an active bystander.
Look out for opportunities to get involved in LGBTQ+ events and organising at the University.
Asexual: a person who experiences little or no sexual attraction to other people. Asexual is an umbrella term that includes identities such as demi-sexual and grey-ace. For more information visit Australian Asexuals.
Bisexual/Bi+: people who are attracted to more than one gender. Bi+ can be used as an umbrella term that includes other identities such as pansexual and demi-sexual. For more information visit Sydney Bi+network.
Brotherboy: is a term used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to describe gender diverse people that have a male spirit and take on male roles within the community. Brotherboys have a strong sense of their cultural identity.
Cisgender/cis: someone whose gender aligns with what was presumed for them at birth.
Gay: people attracted to people of the same gender as themselves. Historically used by men who are attracted to men.
Intersex: people with variations of sex characteristics. Intersex people have sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for male and female bodies. For more information about Intersex, visit IHRA.
Lesbian: women who are attracted to women.
Non-binary: refers to people who are not exclusively male or female, including people who have no binary gender at all and people who have some relationship to binary gender.
Pansexual: refers to a person who is sexually or emotionally attracted to someone, regardless of their gender or sexuality.
Queer: is an umbrella term used for anyone who doesn’t identify exclusively as heterosexual. Some people may use ‘queer’ or ‘genderqueer’ to describe their gender identity or expression.
Sistergirl: is a term used by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to describe gender diverse people that have a female spirit and take on female roles within the community, including looking after children and family. Many Sistergirls live a traditional lifestyle and have strong cultural backgrounds.
Trans and gender diverse: umbrella terms that refer to people whose gender is different to what was presumed for them at birth. Includes binary and non-binary trans people, Sistergirls and Brotherboys. For more information visit Trans Hub.
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Written by SUPRA Postgraduate Advocacy Service March 2023