Celebrating Pride online
The 5th annual University of Newcastle Pride kicks off this week with celebrations running through to Wear it Purple Day on Friday 27 August. While we can’t be on campus to raise the flag, we hope you'll take the opportunity to mark Pride online.
Pride has grown from a grass roots, student-led fight for visibility to a broader University-wide period of celebration and activities, with important activism, advocacy and education included throughout the program.
Although we can't be together on campus to show our support for our LGBTIQA+ community, there are still lots of ways to participate in this year's celebrations:
- Fly the flag virtually, by displaying our Pride Zoom background - you can select it via Settings in Zoom
- Tag us in your content – use #PrideFlag on your favourite socials and tag @Uni_Newcastle
- Take a virtual walk down memory lane via the fabulous Living Histories Digital LGBTIQA+ Special Collections
- Check out the Pride calendar of events being run by UNSA and the Queer Collective, including Q&A Panel: Queer Health in Higher Ed and Online Trivia Night
The LGBTIQA+ community are not a homogeneous group of people. The acronym represents people who are diverse in their sexuality, gender, and sex characteristics, and these are all vastly separate from one another.
"Pride is a celebration of diversity and how this exists within queer communities, It is a reminder to seek out opportunities for equity and reinforcing equal rights for all people," said Astrid Gearin, ALLY and EDI Coordinator.
Individuals within the LGBTIQA+ community are individual, unique, and intersectional; having varied backgrounds, experiences, and narratives.
Other ways to mark Pride
Take the SBS Understanding LGBTIQA+ Communities learning module
Upon completion of the course, you will have:
- Improved knowledge of the LGBTIQA+ community
- The ability to identify some key terminology used to describe the LGBTIQA+ community, plus identify unhelpful and harmful language
- An understanding of the importance and possibilities of allies
- Recognition that LGBTIQA+ inclusion is in everyone’s best interests
- Tools to move forward in assessing your own contributions to, and the importance of, an LGBTIQA+ inclusive society.
Register your interest in becoming an ALLY
The ALLY Network offers professional development and training to staff and student leaders who are prepared to show leadership and advocacy for a more inclusive university to support staff and students who are diverse in their sex characteristics, gender and/or sexuality (LGBTIQA+).
Donate to the LGBTQIA+ Students Shaping Future Scholarship or become a regular donor through Staff Gifting
The LGBTQIA+ Shaping Futures Scholarship aims to improve access to higher education for disadvantaged students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and/or queer, plus other diverse orientations and gender identities.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.