University is all about personal growth. This involves obtaining an education, maturing as a person, and developing skills that will serve you well in life. For some of us, this also involves discovering who we are, and that could involve learning about our sexual orientation and gender. Whether you identify as queer, or are just beginning to explore or question your identity, the Queer Department exists to provide a friendly and accepting space so that you can feel comfortable and safe in your own skin.
The Queer Department represents the queer community at Sydney, and this involves supporting queer and questioning students, facilitating the Queer Action Collective, and coordinating with other queer groups and societies on campus to provide a vibrant, welcoming, and enjoyable campus experience.
Queer Action Collective
The Queer Action Collective (QuAC) is an autonomous group of queer-identifying students on campus that feel passionately about queer issues, and want to help make a difference. And why wouldn’t you? Homophobic violence is still quite common, we’re in the wake of the Queensland Government pulling funding for the only HIV/AIDS support group in the state, and we still have Jim Wallace and Fred Nile saturating Australia with their bigoted and out-dated filth. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. QuAC is here to take a stand. In previous years, we’ve organized contingents to marriage equality rallies, fought for gender-neutral toilets on campus, and much more. In 2013, we’ll be continuing the fight for equality and we invite you to join us and help plan our next campaigns. Aside from activism, QuAC also holds periodic social events, such as drinks and games nights, and it’s a great place to meet new people and have a bit of fun, so even if activism isn’t your thing, we encourage you to join!
The Queerspace is an autonomous room provided by the University of Sydney Union (USU) that is open for use to all queer-identifying and questioning students. It’s located in Level 1 of the Holme Building: follow the path around the courtyard past the lounge and the café, and when you enter the corridor, turn right and go down the stairs and you should be there! There’s a library, microwave, a fridge, and couches, so you can chill out and relax. Come on down whenever you’d like!
Queer Life at Sydney
The Queer Department also works closely with the USU’s Queer Events Program, and queer societies such as SHADES and Queer Revue. It’d definitely worth joining: you have a fantastic time, and you will also get to meet several new people and make great friends. Look out for the SHADES, QuAC, and Queer Revue stalls at O-Week!
If you’re a college student, you may want to join the Intercol Dragons. It’s a student-run group that aims to provide support to LGBTI college students through organising social activities. Membership is anonymous, and you can find out more at both the QuAC and SHADES stalls.
Your Queer Officers for 2013 are Fahad Ali and Eleanor Barz.
Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions at email@example.com.
We hope you have an amazing time at Sydney and we hope to meet you soon!