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The University of Queensland is committed to developing and maintaining a safe, positive and inclusive environment for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) that is free from discrimination, harassment and bullying. The University provides support services, programs and resources for staff with diverse sexuality and gender and Allies of staff and students. Please find some of these below.

Students should refer to the UQ Union, a member of the Ally Network or Student Services for support and advice.

Ally Network

The UQ Ally Network is an award winning program providing a visible network of staff empathetic staff who are allies of students and staff of diverse gender and sexuality. These staff are not experts about matters of sexuality and gender - they are people who strongly support the University's stance on making the University an accepting, positive, diverse and inclusive space. In particular, a UQ Ally understands the reasons why many transgender, bisexual, gay, lesbian or intersex people are not in positions to speak out on their own behalf, or are fearful of being harassed or discriminated against, and why it is so important to have staff who are prepared to support and participate in developing a positive and inclusive environment for staff and students with diverse sexuality and gender. To learn more about the UQ Ally Network please see here. To find an Ally please see our contacts page here.

The University was awarded a Bronze award in the 2017and 2016 Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index. Based on the 2017 AWEI results,UQ is the top Queensland university and in the top seven Australian universities in gender and sexuality diversity inclusion.

Image of UQ's 2016 bronze award in the Pride in Diversity Australian Workplace Equality Index2017 Bronze AWEI logo

Support Services

The University offers the Davidson Trahaire Corpsych Employee Assist Program (EAP) to all staff. The EAP offers a number of support services to UQ staff, and is completely confidential. For more information please see here.

There are also a number of suppoer services available external to the University. Please see some of these external resources below.

Guides for Staff

Your UQ Ally Welcome pack has a number of useful resources, guides and contacts for your reference. Gender and sexuality diversity is a dynamic space with best practice inclusive language changing and improving all the time. You should keep this pack updated by adding to it any useful resources or information that you come across. Please feel free to share any new information that you come across with the Network either through Workplace Diversity and Inclusion, or the Ally Network page on Yammer.

Student Help on Campus (SHOC) has produced a number of useful resources for understanding gender and sexuality diversity. SHOC is a helpful source of information for staff and provides support and information for students.

The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland has produced a really helpful factsheet on how to develop and maintan and inclusive environment for transgender people at work: Trans at Work.

Pride in Diversity has produced a helpful toolkit for managers to help develop and maintain am inclusive workplace for people of diverse sexualities, genders and bodies: Managers Guide to LGBTI Inclusion. Pride in Diversity has a number of useful resources for staff. As a member of Pride in Diversity we have access to all of these resources. If you have trouble accesing any of these resources, please contact Workplace Diversity and Inclusion​ so that we can assist you in accessing these resources.

Workplace Diversity and Inclusion has collected a number of useful resources and publications for staff on our 'Guides for Staff' page and our 'Inclusive Language' page.

The Australian Human Rights Commission also provide a number of useful resources.

External Resources

PFLAG (Parents and friends of Lesbians and Gays) is an international peer support group: http://www.pflagbrisbane.org.au/  

Diverse Voices is a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on the wellbeing of LGBTI communities: http://www.glwa.org.au/

The Rainbow Service, Relationships Australia provides a relationship counselling service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities: http://www.raq.org.au/services/rainbow-program

Queensland Aids Council provides a number of services and resources for the LGBTI community: http://www.quac.org.au/

The LGBTI Legal Service Inc is a non-profit and unfunded community-based legal service: http://www.lgbtilegalservice.org/

Qld. Police LGBTI Liaison Officers is a partnership program between the Queensland Police and the LGBTI community: https://www.police.qld.gov.au/programs/community/lgbti/   

LGBTI Friendly Health Services

  • Brisbane Gender Clinic, Teneriffe, http://brisbanegenderclinic.org.au/, Ph: 3017 1777
  • Central Brunswick Medical Centre Cnr. Martin St and Brunswick St., Fortitude Valley. Ph: 3852 2733 
  • Gladstone Rd. Medical Centre 38 Gladstone Rd., Highgate Hill, 4104, Ph: 3844 9599 
  • Stonewall Medical Centre 52 Newmarket Rd., Windsor, Ph: 3857 1222

 

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