We’ve come into 2015 firing on all cylinders, and we couldn’t be more excited to commence another year of activism within QuAC and Queerkats!
The queer officers have worked through the summer break to establish some new initiatives for queer students on campus. We’ll begin the year with the re-establishment of our Buddy System—an opportunity for new LGBTQIA+ students on campus to be paired with a more experienced QuAC member. Beginning university as a queer student can be a daunting experience, and frequently one which is undergone alone. We hope that new students in 2015 will feel comfortable to find support in students who have already walked those difficult roads.
Preparation has also begun for this year’s Pride Festival, held in week four of semester one. We’ve put a focus on providing workshops for this year’s festival, as the ones we ran last year received such a positive response. We believe a focus on education and the sharing of skills and experience is vital to fostering a strong queer community on campus—we can have no activism without a foundation in a willingness to learn from others.
We are so proud thus far of the achievements and growth of our non-cis male collective, Queerkats. Queerkats was begun last year in order to provide a safe space for those whose experiences of sexuality also intersected with gender inequality. We held several events last year, including an Art Party and zine launch, and cannot wait to see the exponential growth of Queerkats in 2015.
We’re also pleased to announced that we were able to contribute some funds at the end of last year to the Redfern Tent Embassy. We believe it is so important to acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land and to, where we can, support queer members of the Indigenous community. We were also able to contribute some of our budget so that several members of our collective could attend a recent conference at University of Woollongong called “Cultured Queer/Queering Culture: Indigenous Perspectives on Queerness”, in the first of many steps we intend to take to ensure that QuAC and Queerkats are never places in which POC experiences of queerness are erased.