Welcome!Hey to all the Sydney folk who identify as Trans, Intersex, Asexual, Queer, Questioning, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, or any other diverse gender or sexuality for that matter (and their friends and allies!). Welcome to Qsyd.org, an online directory for all things queer related happening at Usyd.
Below are a list of queer related societies and resources that the University, SRC and Union have to offer, and a couple of other allied services that you might find handy if you find yourself fitting somewhere in the alphabet soup of diverse genders and sexualities (or lack thereof).
Looking to hang out with some queer friendly peeps or just want access to the most LGBTIQ frequented microwave on campus? The Sydney Uni Queerspace is a cosy corner set aside for queer and questioning people to chill, make a coffee and hang out in a relaxed environment any time of the day.
It's hidden away to make sure everyone feels safe there, so it's not the easiest place to find. Click below for a map and a bit of a walkthrough on how to find your way there:
Everone down there is super friendly and is encouraged to make others feel welcome. To make sure no one gets their toes trod on, have a quick read over the rules on the posterboard on your first visit!
SH▲DESShades is all about valuing and respecting everyone- and having a great time doing it!
We're a university society that throws parties. Queer, straight or otherwise, at Shades we have a radical idea: get over it! Life may be complicated, but parties don't have to be. So let's get together and celebrate our diversity - no matter what shade you are.
Queer Action Collective (QUAC)Feeling a bit political? Want to make uni a better place for queer identifying people, and want to work with students from across Australia to get the ball rolling for LGBTIQ equality? Then perhaps the collective is for you!
Drop in on one of the Collective meetings in the Queerspace (see above) on Tuesdays at 1pm (plus Thursdays for the non-cis/male group) to join in with the Collective and get involved with building a better world for queer identifying people!
SUPRA Queer PortfolioThe Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association (SUPRA) has a strong commitment to equity, ensuring that all voices of postgraduate students are heard within the university.
We run a number of social events for students such as our monthly wine and cheese nights. We also have a monthly Equity film night. We're currently working towards building an Ally network on campus and ensuring greater representation of queer student needs within the university. If you're a queer postgraduate student and would like to be kept up-to-date with upcoming events and campaigns (or have any ideas you'd like to share), contact the current SUPRA queer officer for details.
The Queer RevueWant to see your name up in lights? Want all of your friendsí parents to see you naked? Then the Sydney University Queer Revue is the place for you!
Queer Revue is an all-singing, all-dancing comedic production put on at the Seymour Centre every year by queer and queer-friendly students. There are plenty of ways to get involved, whether you want to strut the stage (acting, singing, dancing) or help out behind the scenes (writing, design, working backstage).
Join the Facebook group and follow us on Twitter for all the latest Queer Revue news!
Pride Week FestivalEvery year at USYD we celebrate the Pride Week Festival, an entire week dedicated to reminding queer people that we should be proud of who we are, with events aimed at giving you an opportunity to get to know other queer people on campus.
Highlights of Pride Week include Queer barbecues, LGBT graffiti, parties and speakers nights, and of course the traditional Coming Out by Candlelight, where we come together to discuss and share our journeys!
Pride week normally happens somewhere around the middle of semester two, so be sure to follow QUAC and SHADES on Facebook for updates closer to the event.
TwentyTenTwentyTen is a support organisation located just down the road from Sydney Uni which caters to LGBTI people under the age of 26. They welcome daytime drop-ins, offering a TV, computers, lounges, games, drinks and washing machines; host monthly dinners, groups and activities; and also provide temporary accomodation for emergency situations.
ACONACON is a Sydney based not-for-profit that actively promotes LGBTI health, and runs regular workshops targeted at providing support, health awareness and social groups.
ACON also provides a free, friendly and confidential rapid testing service for sexually active men that returns test results in under half an hour. Online bookings and further details can be found here.
This Is Oz.This Is Oz is a project run by Sydney's ACON all about celebrating diversity, challenging homophobia and making Australia a place where everyone belongs.
The University of Sydney Queer Collective as well as a number of independant students have lent their support to the organisation, uploading images and messages to their online art project.
Questions & Comments
USYD Counselling ServiceLife and studies can be hard enough, without the added stresses that being LGBTIQ+ can bring.
If you need someone to talk to, USYD offers a free counselling service for all students.
To book an appointment, visit the counselling website.