Getting involved in the queer community…

Getting involved in the queer community, on or off campus, can be difficult. There’s the risk of outing and having to explain your whereabouts to friends and family. There’s the social anxiety of going to an event alone and meeting new people. Perhaps you’re still exploring or questioning your sexuality or gender or presently in a heterosexual relationship.

Rest assured, we have all felt this way at some point or another. Persevering through the awkwardness and anxiety and self-doubt is totally worth it. If you’re looking for ways to get involved here’s a few:

1. Join our mailing list and/or Facebook page

QuAC has a secret Facebook group to avoid outing. Email the Queer Officers on queer.officers@src.usyd.edu.au to be added to the group. In that group you will receive information about upcoming events like board games evenings, movie nights and workshops that you might like to come to.

If you want to come to something but are not sure what to expect or where to go, or you just need a friendly queer to show you the way, let the Queer Officers know and one of us will be more than happy to help you out.

2. Hang out in the Queerspace

The Queerspace aims to be a safe(r) space for queer and questioning students and is a great place to study, chat to other queer people or have a sneaky nap between classes. Spending time in the Queerspace is probably one of the easiest and low pressure ways to meet other people in the queer community on campus.

If you don’t know how to find it go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb_UgucYbQc and follow the instructions in the video. Or email the Queer Officers and we’ll help you out.

3. Attend a Pride Week event

Pride Week is coming up in Week 4 (24-26 March) and promises to be amazing! On the first day we’re having a mini Fair Day with stalls, a speaker panel, queer yoga and drag performances. This is followed by two days jam-packed with workshops and evening events including Coming Out By Candlelight, movie night and Queer Beers at Hermans. For more information go to:

http://www.usu.edu.au/Bar…/Festivals/Pride-Festival-(1).aspx

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