Queer Officer’s Report – Week 9, Sem 1, 2016

In the past few weeks the collective has been incredibly active. Pride week was an interactive weekthat comprised of many workshops hosted by collective members as well as a time for us all to let our hair down. The week started off with a rainbow campus launch. We called on the university to implement six steps to alleviate the daily injustices LGBTIQA+ and questioning folks experience.
These steps included: an accessible LGBTIQA+ space on campus, to commit a portion of the Student services and amenities fee to LGTBIQA+ services, comprehensive LGBTIQA+ staff training, giving transgender students their names back, signing onto marriage equality and gender neutral bathrooms. Students and staff marched down Eastern avenue, then up to the Vice Chancellor’s office, amid bubbles and a large rainbow flag. Greeted at the door by Ms. Jane Oakshott, chief of staff to the
Vice Chancellor who was welcoming of our requests. Since the launch, a meeting has been organized for the Vice Chancellor to meet with the SRC queer department, the ally network, SUPRA, the
Australian Queer students network and the NSW Queer students network. We look forward to informing you on the outcomes of this meeting. We would like to thank Rachel Evans, Andrea Zephyr, and many others for their hard work in launching the campaign.
Many workshops and panel discussions were also held throughout the week. An interactive safe sex workshop was a fun, and informative start to the week. Held by ACON representatives, participants learned a range of invaluable skills, and we would like to thank Tim Wark and the crew for their time.
Along with the workshops, we all had a blast singing at Queer Karaoke. Amid the free drink vouchers and Britney Spears, it was a great way for collective members to bond and share a laugh or two. Thank you to Tess and Eden for the liquid confidence and being great organizers.
A couple other highlights of the week included a massive rainbow cake provided by the USU at the Pride picnic. It was great sustenance for the national day of action we attended afterwards with our fluorescent ‘Queers against cuts’ banner. Queer Action collective has also been collaborating with various other campus collectives, including the conservatorium and Rozelle, with the aim of setting up safe spaces and collectives on those campuses.
We look forward to continued engagement with other groups including the Ally Network and Safe Schools working group in light of cuts to the safe schools program by the liberal government. With radical education week coming up in semester two and queer collaborations, we are sure to be keeping busy over the next few months.
If you have any questions or want to be involved with Queer Action Collective or QueerKats, please do not hesitate to email us, Evan and Marcus, on queer.officers@src.usyd.edu.au

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