Support and connection
The University can be a safe place for people to come out, often for the first time. But the opinions of family members, friends and the rest of the community about your identity can be abusive at times. You can access Counselling Services LGBTIQ Programs, which include individual counselling and support as well as opportunities to connect with the LGBTIQ community at and around your campus.
La Trobe Counselling Services LGBTIQ Counsellors
- Melbourne - Davina Morley 9479 2956
- Bendigo - Lachlan Slade 5444 7223.
- Shepparton - Hilary Mayne 6024 9627
La Trobe Counselling Services on other campuses
- Albury/Wodonga - 6024 9627
- Shepparton – 5820 8600
- Mildura - 5022 3614.
LGBTIQ on-campus social groups
Your coming out journey can be an exciting one, full of discovery and celebration. For many, it can also be an isolating and marginalising one because of homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia in our community and families.
We have LGBTIQ social and support groups on the Bendigo and Melbourne Campuses. Queer Chat in Melbourne, and Rainbow Eagles in Bendigo allow LGBTIQ people to meet each other, and talk about their sexuality, gender, and sex in a safe and inclusive space.
Queer Peers are students from Melbourne and Bendigo's Queer community providing a link to the LGBTIQ community at and around these campuses.
Preventing stigma and discrimination
The biggest reason why LGBTIQ people are at higher risk of developing mental illnesses is because of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and heterosexist and cissexist attitudes. Our services are committed to challenging this stigma and discrimination across our campuses and we have a range of events that help to achieve just that.
'We're Zac and Ellen, the Queer Peers at the Melbourne Campus. We're students who work with Devorah to run Queer Chat, organise Pride Week and plan social activities like monthly films in the Agora Cinema. We also have a Facebook site where you can connect with others from our community and find out what's going on...'
'I remember when my friend told me he was gay. I thought fair enough, so what. Then I looked at his face and I realised he was always making judgements about whether the person he was telling would use his sexuality as the basis of bullying and harassment. I never had to worry whether I would be picked on for my heterosexuality. It made me really determined to make sure La Trobe was a place where sexuality can't be used as the basis of this type of cruelty and injustice..."
Queer (GLBTIQ) counsellor
We have a Queer Counsellor, who is also a member of the Queer community, on both the Melbourne, Bendigo and Shepparton Campuses. Queer counsellors also run group programs, such as Queer Chat for students who feel isolated by their sexuality and/or are considering coming out. See group programs at your campus.