Queer Officer’s Report – Week 5, Sem 1, 2016

Evan Jones and Marcus Wong

This month has been extremely eventful and we are pleased to see some really fantastic engagement with the collective this year. Since the last report we marched in Mardi Gras, always a highlight of the year. We were pleased to see the hard work that went into organising was worthwhile. We would like to say thank you to the Australian Queer Students Network and the various universities who contributed to the float. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Dylan Lloyd, for their hard work, and without whom the float would really not have been possible.

It has been delightful to see members of our collective become very involved with activism this year, with representatives at the Fight the Restructure rally on the 16th of March, as well as at two rallies in support of the Safe Schools coalition. Last week was Transgender Day of Visibility where we held a sticker run for the ‘We All Need to Pee’ campaign, aimed at helping transgender students use the bathroom that they are comfortable with, as well as a photo campaign and chalking along Eastern Avenue. Despite being a peaceful event, we were followed by campus security that seemed unable to provide us with a legitimate reason to why they were tailing us. Overall we have had an incredibly promising start to the year and there will be a strong focus on maintaining the momentum from an incredible group of young queer students. Next week we will also be relaunching our sub-collective Queerkats (autonomous to people who are not cis-men) and hope that it will be met with the same success as QuAC.

We do have a lot of exciting things to look forward to this year, including Pride Week from the 12th-14th of April, and International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT) on the 17th of May, and we’re pleased to be collaborating with various organisations on campus including SUPRA, the USU and The Ally Network on these events. Queer Collaborations (QC), an annual conference for queer students around the country, is also fast approaching, and will be held in Perth this year from the 4th – 7th of July. This will give our members a great opportunity to meet queer students across the country, and to learn key skills and obtain some wonderful knowledge around activism and queer issues. To prepare we conducted our first bake sale this week, which we are pleased to say was incredibly successful, earning enough to pay for a student’s entire registration, including accommodation and food for the week. Thank you to all of those who donated food, money or time to the sale.

If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the Queer Action Collective or Queerkats please email us at queer.officers@src.usyd.edu.au.

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