Ira Patole, Yasmin Andrews and William Stano, Queer Officers – 94th SRC


Week 8, Semester 2, 2022

We have been having a great month of developing a sense of community, more people are coming to meetings and the queer space is lively. Recently we have started a queer movie night to showcase queer stories and aspects of culture that people may not have been exposed to previously, our first showing of “But I’m A Cheerleader” was a great success and we hope for a similar turn out for next months showing of “PRIDE”.

Another community event we are looking forward to is some badge making as a way of bringing our identity expression back into our own hands rather than buying it from corporations. Also, in the queer space we have been stocking safe sex supplies and information about preventing the spread of STI’s, an important issue with concerns about monkey pox growing in international news. Finally, the Queer Honi edition is right around the corner with the pitch deadline coming up at the end of the week (Sept. 10th), this edition is featuring a look at the relationship members of the queer community have to their bodies.

In regards to larger scale events, last month there was the great success of Get Grill’d, which was an informal survey of students and community members about sexual violence both on campus and in the country. The data gathered was an interesting look into the concerns and possible solutions to this issue that folks on campus are thinking about. Later this month there is the NUS conference for Queer/LGBTQIA+ students, and we plan on organizing a hub here on campus to support dialouge about pertinent issues the community is facing.


Week 2, Semester 2, 2022

The Queer Action Collective is happy to be kicking off the semester with a bang, having had a strong presence at the welcome week stalls and a refurbish of the Queer Space on the first floor of Manning House.

We look forward to our continuing collaboration with the Women’s Collective at the Get Grill’d BBQ and throughout the rest of the semester. Additionally, after the success of our gender affirmation supplies drive during the first semester we are looking into avenues to continue funding this project.

Follow us on instagram @usydqueer to keep up to date with all our antics this semester 🙂 and consider contributing to the Queer Honi!


Week 13, Semester 1, 2022

The Queer Action Collective (QuAC) has ramped up it’s efforts towards the end of the first semester of 2022. We have a number of new initiatives in the works and will be driving for more engagement in the new semester.

We have begun planning a rework of the Queer space, starting with restocking the sexual health supplies that used to be available before covid. We plan to fix a number of broken items, including one of the windows and the fridge as well as donate the racks of unused clothes. The room will also be cleaned and all old materials will be replaced over the break. Any request for the queer room can be sent to our email, seen below, or to our socials.

Funding has been requested for our Binder and Gaff initiative. In this initiative we plan to provide at least 15 binders/gaffs to trans students for free as well as providing tape for tucking and binding in the queer space. Once funding has been approved a request form will be posted on our socials to collect the sizing of any interested students.

Submissions for the queer issue of Honi Soit will open soon, with it due to realise during semester two sometime before mid-semester break.

Our regular meetings will continue, once a week, on Tuesdays at 12:15. They will be held in the queer space. We will also be doing an after exam party, at birdcage, on the 29th of June to celebrate finishing exams and the semester. The event can be found on our facebook page.

Stay tuned for more projects and protests on our Facebook Page — USYD Queer Action Collective, our Instagram @usydqueer, and our Twitter @usydqueer. Any question, comments, or concerns can be directed to queer.officers@src.usyd.edu.au

All the best,

Yasmin A. And Ella P., 94th SRC Queer Officers


Week 4, Semester 1, 2022

QuAC had a great time building in collaboration with WOCO during Week Two for Mardi Gras via banner making event, though sadly flyering efforts were washed out by the rain. It was amazing to see so many people gathered at Taylor Square to continue pushing against the Religious Discrimination, fight for the decriminalization of sex work, and celebrate our LGBTQ+ history and community.

In our recent meeting we have been discussing not only how we can get more community members involved but how we can build a larger network of allies as well. We have also begun talks about how to push back against the proposed SAVE WOMEN’S SPORT bill spearheaded by Claire Chandler as well as an initiative involving the university to streamline name changing processes in institutions account systems.

Stay tuned for more projects and protests on our Facebook Page — USYD Queer Action Collective, and any question, comments, or concerns can be directed to queer.officers@src.usyd.edu.au


Oscar Chaffey and Honey Christensen, Queer Officers – 93rd SRC


Week 8, Semester 2, 2021


Editorial from Queer Honi 2021:

In 1976, the 10th weekly edition of Honi Soit was its first ever Homosexual Issue. Flying in the face of unimaginable institutional violence against queer people, the Honi Soit editors published a paper filled with radical queer liberation politics, genuinely funny testimonals from Karl M and Friedrich E, and poems of queer love. Now colloquially known as Homo Soit, the edition is a time capsule of the 1970s political zeitgeist, filled with satire of university management and prominent figures in campus politics.

In other senses though, the edition transcends its time and place. Forty five years later, the defiance, wit, and political astuteness of queer people across time are among its most overwhelming impressions. Homo Soit’s critiques of the misogyny of gay men, the fight for liberatory queer education in universities, and its advocacy for materialist politics within the movement broadly, remain issues pertinent to 2021.

From the outset we aspired to create such a transcendent edition, but not merely as an uncritical tribute or an inevitably inferior sequel. The last forty five years have transformed the creation of a queer newspaper from a radically transgressive act to a more or less uncontroversial one. This queer autonomous edition of Honi seeks to inscribe the queer voices and issues of 2021 into an ongoing political discussion that stretches further back than 1976 and will extend many years beyond our own relevance.

Homo Soit concerned itself with what studies of queer life might look like in the future. In this edition we concern ourselves with the disappointing and hollow reality of liberal queer theorists like the Dean of FASS, Annamarie Jagose. Homo Soit prescribed socialist politics as the antidote to the oppression of gay people; in our newspaper, we reflect on why those prescriptions were abandoned. Many of our contributors contemplate gender politics and identity in a way that were not recognised in 1976 and we celebrate this evolution in complexity.

2021 will inevitably be defined by the pandemic that has changed our lives and our space. After three months of dislocation, this edition reasserts the queerness of innocuous places that exist all around us. It pays tribute to our queer memories and the extraordinary durability of the queer spirit in the face of ordinary adversity. In this sense, it is both an inescapable production of our time period and an inscription of the queer perspective that transcends it. Ultimately though, the success or otherwise of this vision is not for us to decide, it is left to those who supersede us.

In conversation with love,
Oscar Chaffey and Honey Christensen
2021 SRC Queer Officers

Click on the Homo Soit cover image to read the full edition:


Week 2, Semester 2, 2021

This semester, the Queer Action Collective has gone online. Join us at our regular meetings and stay tuned for updates on upcoming reading groups, virtual events such as Rad Ed week and USU Pride Week, as well as chances to contribute to our autonomous edition of Honi later in the semester! Check our Facebook page or message Honey Christensen or Oscar Chaffey for more info 🙂


Week 13, Semester 1, 2021

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