The ALLY Network is a key initiative aimed at creating a more inclusive culture at the University of Newcastle by promoting greater visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or queer (LGBTIQ) staff and students and their related issues.
The network offers professional development and training to staff and students who are prepared to advocate on behalf of members of UON’s LGBTIQ community.
An ALLY is a staff member or student on campus who, through attending professional development, is aware of the issues faced by members of the LGBTIQ community. An Ally is an active agent of change who chooses to challenge anti-LGBTIQ prejudice and heteronormative values.
ALLIES are not experts of sexuality and gender identity but continue to develop their knowledge of these matters.
A UON ALLY can offer you:
- a safe place to talk
- an open and accepting attitude
- an opportunity to be listened to and understood
- a wide variety of referral avenues both on and off campus
Useful Websites and Resources
- Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
- Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
- National LGBTI Health Alliance
- Understanding your Legal Rights (PDF, 239KB)
- Pride in Diversity Australian Recruitment Guide 2015 (PDF, 4.43MB)
- Human Rights Commission Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights 2015 (PDF,6.91MB)
- An Ally's Guide to Terminology
- Trans* Ally Workbook - Getting pronouns right - What it teaches us about gender
Local Services Contact Details
Telephone and Online LGBTI Counselling Services
The Ally Network newsletter is distributed quarterly. Special editions newsletters are also distributed throughout the year.
The newsletter help to create ongoing support for Ally Network members and keep the Ally Network up-to-date with recent LGBTI events or issues.
Ally Network members are welcome to submit articles or interest pieces. Submissions can be sent to Tara Payling
Join the ALLY network
If you would like to join the ALLY network you will be expected to:
- Attend an ALLY training session
- Be a role model for the University through your behaviour and language
- Recognise existing heterosexual privileges and be reflective
- Work within and support existing equal opportunity and anti-discrimination policies
- Proactively raise the visibility of the ALLY Network
- Publicly identifying yourself as an ALLY by allowing your name to be included on the ALLY page and in information provided to staff and students
- Be a point of contact on campus and provide a ‘safe zone’ for staff and students to seek support
- Attend ALLY meetings and information sessions where possible
- Understand support services and referral pathways on campus
- Be open and respond respectfully to questions from and about LGBTIQ students and staff and maintain confidentiality
Details on the next workshop will be advertised on the UON website and social media.
Register your interest via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Find an ALLY
There are a number of trained Allies across UON campuses to support LGBTIQ staff and students. ALLIES can provide 'point of call' LGBTIQ support and referrals to appropriate services. To contact an Ally refer to the Current Allies List.