Ally Network launched to promote awareness and inclusion

The rainbow flag flew from the University of Sydney’s Quadrangle on 3 March to mark the launch of a network to support students and staff who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ).

The Ally Network was launched by the University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence, with a keynote address by prominent alumnus, advocate for gay rights and former High Court Justice Michael Kirby AC CMG.

The network will train volunteer staff and students to support those who identify as LGBTIQ. The Ally community will promote awareness of the University’s commitment to a respectful and inclusive environment regardless of sexual and gender expression.

Allies will help by acting as non-judgemental listeners and providing relevant information on support services and other resources as appropriate.  They will be listed on the University’s website and can opt to display an identifiable lapel pin.

The University marked the launch of the Ally Network and this year’s Mardi Gras with the raising of the rainbow flag for the first time over the Quadrangle Clock Tower. Rainbow chalking also took place on the Eastern Avenue.

“The Ally Network aims to create a safe and inclusive environment for LGBTIQ students and staff,” said the University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.

“It builds on the University’s commitment to being a place where all our students and staff can thrive and realise their full potential.”

The Ally Network launch is supported by Pride in Diversity, Australia’s only workplace program to help employers with the inclusion of LGBTIQ students and staff. The University is a member of the program.