The University of Newcastle, Australia


10 Oct 2020 from 12:00am - 30 Oct 2020 until 12:00am


The University of Newcastle has an inclusive community that advocates for our LGBTIQA+ members. Our annual PRIDE celebration is your chance to get informed about, have fun with, celebrate, advocate for, unite with and promote the LGBTIQA+ community.

This year will launch the new rainbow crossing between the Chancellery and the EF Building to celebrate and strengthen visibility of the LGBTIQA+ community within the university and society at large.

PRIDE 2020 is also a great opportunity to complete the SBS Understanding LGBTI+ Communities-Learning modules through Blackboard.

Here's the schedule of events:


Raising of the Pride Flag

9.40am | Bar on the Hill, Callaghan

Enjoy a free coffee between 9.30 and 10.30am
Ceremony to be broadcast via Uni Newcastle Students Facebook

Free Trivia w/ UNSA

12pm | The Quad, Ourimbah

Win a $50 prize voucher!

Live Music + Stalls

10am | Park on the Hill, Callaghan

Enjoy tunes from Asha and Hey Jan plus stalls held by UNSA and Uni Newcastle Health.


Free Trivia w/ UNSA

12pm | Park on the Hill, Callaghan

Win a $50 prize voucher!

'The Darker Rainbow' Discussion Panel

12pm - 1.30pm | Zoom

A discussion panel that explores intersectionality within the LGBT+ communities. From balancing our cultural heritage and gender/sexual identities to our personal experiences with oppression from society.


Netflix Watch Party: Half of It

7pm | Netflix

Our first movie screening of Pride will be “Half of It”. Come and enjoy the 2020 queer romance Half of It, directed by Alice Wu. Learn about how to join the Netflix party here.

Link to watch party will be provided here on THU 14 OCT

MON 19 - TUE 20 OCT

Art Exhibition

11am - 5pm | UNSA Building, Callaghan

Art by LBGTQIA+ students, staff and community members.


Art Exhibition

11am - 5pm | Ground Floor, NUspace

Art by LBGTQIA+ students, staff and community members.


'Queeries' Mythbusting Q+A Student Panel

3pm | Zoom

Do you have questions about the Queer community that you’re just not sure where to ask them? Join members of the UNSA Queer Collective who are going to break down some common misconceptions and questions that you might have about the LGBTQIA+ community.


Trivia with Timberlina

5.45pm | Zoom

Looking for a fabulous night out, from the comfort of your own home? Pride just wouldn’t be the same without trivia – and since many of us are stuck at home (thanks Miss Rona), we’re bringing the party to you. And with a celebrity host: Timberlina!

Hailing from a small country town in the Central West of New South Wales, Timberlina was reborn in spectacular style and glittery glory in early 2017 and continues to be an ever-evolving chameleon of the performance and hosting world. With her over-the-top style and dazzling repertoire (and her legendarily naughty wit), she’ll be presenting three rounds of questions covering a range of topics.

There’ll be drag performances, plenty of laughs and gift card prizes to win! It’s free to play (alone or with a team), so settle in, hit the lights, pour yourself a drink and get into it.

Book Now!


Tune in and Let's Talk | A Trans and Gender Diverse Mental Health Month Event

2pm - 3.30pm | Zoom

Join representatives from Hunter Gender Alliance and ACON to talk about mental health, self-love, and connection in the COVID era for TGD people. Participate in small group breakout rooms and have the chance to actually meet and talk to other people. Be wowed by our artistic performances!


Intersex Panel | Allies 101

6.30pm - 7.30pm | Zoom

This panel will give Intersex people a chance to provide you with the information you need to be a good ally. You’ll hear from Intersex people here in Newcastle, as well as professional Intersex people working in Human Rights organisations.

Often allies may have good intentions but lack the knowledge they need to effectively support Intersex people.
Intersex people often have unique life experiences and are affected by different kinds of discrimination than the rest of the community.

Come along and learn about intersex people’s challenges, experiences and how you can support a better future for Intersex Australians.

Intersex Day of Awareness

See below resources from Intersex Human Rights Australia:

Lets talk about Intersex

My experience as the world’s first openly intersex Mayor

Information for Allies

This is a joint consensus statement by Australian and Aotearoa/New Zealand intersex organisations and independent advocates, in March 2017. It sets out the priorities and calls by the intersex human rights movement in our countries, under six headings: a preamble, human rights and legal reform; health and wellbeing; peer support; allies; and education, awareness and employment.

Read Statement PDF

Affirm the  Darlington statement

new Australian publication by intersex youth, edited by Steph Lum and created in Canberra with the support of the ACT Capital of Equality program. YOUth & I tells the stories of intersex youth, by intersex youth, in their own ways and without mediation. This resource is highly recommended.


Queer Showcase

7pm | Zoom and ATC210, Callaghan

Are you a part of the LGBTQIA+ community with a talent that you wish to share? Why not showcase your talent at this year’s Queer Showcase?

This event gives LGBTIQA+ students, staff and researchers a chance to not only present the research they're working on, but to celebrate other skills and talents.

Here are some presentation ideas:
  • Slideshow presentation
  • Poetry reading
  • Dramatic monologue
  • Stand-up comedy set
  • Art exhibition and presentation
  • Musical performance
This is a relaxed space for LGBTQIA+ people to share their talents with others, and to celebrate the talents of LGBTQIA+ people.

Want to participate?


Please note: Only students and staff permitted to attend at ATC210


ALLY Training

9.30am | Callaghan

The ALLY Network aims to create a more inclusive culture at the University by promoting greater visibility and awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or queer, asexual, agender, aromantic; + other diverse sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTIQA+) and their related issues.

The Network also offers professional development and training to staff and student leaders who are prepared to advocate on behalf of members of the University’s LGBTIQA+ community.

This session is now full but please contact the Equity and Diversity Coordinator to register your interest in future training.


Canopy Watch Party | Intersexion

6.30pm | Zoom

This week is Intersex Awareness Week and to celebrate, we are screening the documentary Intersexion, directed by intersex activist Grant Lahood.

Intersexion looks beyond the shame and secrecy that defines many intersex births, and explores how intersex people “with their very different bodies” navigate their way through childhood, adolescence, relationships and adulthood.

This movie is rated PG-13 and contains explicit references to the violation of Intersex rights, particularly in medical settings. Find more info here, and get support here.