Queer Action Collective – week 13 report

The semester is coming to a close, but at the moment the Queer Action Collective are actively working on many things to come, amongst which QC is a highlight. But first, we can reflect a bit on the past few months. At O-week, we signed up new members and welcomed many queer students into our collective. It was so inspiring to see so many people get involved and contribute to what our collective has become. We have hosted many social events and held many workshops and discussions.

In the middle of the semester, we had a meeting to figure out a direction for QuAC. One of the decisions was to make our collective meetings less bureaucratic and to have more facilitated discussions around queer issues. Implementing this consistently proved to be a little difficult as it was not easy to select a topic of discussion and find a volunteer to facilitate on a weekly basis. However, when we managed to have discussions around a topic, they have been thought provoking and enlightening.

On the 18th of May, we held a photo petition for the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT). We collected a number of powerful messages from students and uploaded these photos to the USyd SRC Queer Department facebook page.

Right now, we are preparing for Queer Collaborations (QC), a national conference of queer students, which will be held in July in Canberra. Last year, we were fortunate enough to send over 20 delegates as we received a substantial amount of funding from the USU and SRC. This year, the USU have unfortunately had to cut their budget for conferences. Nonetheless, we are still keen to send a large group of delegates to QC, so we have been fundraising and we continue to do so (we are about halfway to our target). We are also working on developing our safer spaces policy. If you are interested in getting involved in any of this, or interested in coming to QC, don’t hesitate to contact your friendly Queer Officers at queer.officers@src.usyd.edu.au

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