On May 17, we’re encouraging everyone to take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the La Trobe queer community. IDAHOBIT is the day that we and more than 130 other countries around the world stand together against homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.
It’s clear from this year’s National Student Safety Survey (NSSS) results that we still have a lot of work to do, with gender and sexually diverse students still more likely to experience sexual harassment and intimidation in a university setting, compared to their heterosexual peers. At La Trobe, we can all do more to be better allies and stand together in support of our LGBTIQA+ community.
So this Tuesday, show your support by wearing your brightest rainbows, but also, and most importantly, use IDAHOBIT as a point to promote inclusion all year round. To get involved and learn more about our LGBTIQA+ community express your interest in one of our ally programs listed below:
Our newest group is starting in 2022 – Finding Pride!
Finding Pride is a group program open to all our LGBTIQA+ students. This group may be of interest to those who are looking for a more supported group.
By joining a Finding Pride group, you’ll have a chance to connect with a small group of LGBTIQA+ students as you follow a structured program facilitated by the LGBTIQA+ Student Wellbeing team. Meeting weekly over 8 sessions, you and your group will go on a journey to share and learn skills to help prepare you for the extra challenges that LGBTIQA+ people can face due to discrimination.
Online group starting 30th June – expressions of interest close June 17th 2022
On-campus group (Bundoora) starting August 4th 2022 – expressions of interest close July 22nd.
LGBTIQA+ ALLY Training
We all need to become better allies. Being a good ally means calling out behaviour that hurts our queer community. It’s about championing and affirming LGBTIQA+ voices and playing our part in learning and listening to lived experiences to break down harmful stereotypes.
If you would like to learn more and be part of creating a more inclusive and respectful La Trobe, please reach out to the ALLY team and volunteer for ALLY training.
Respectful Relationships and Bystander Intervention
This program facilitates students’ discussion on respectful relationships and understanding of the drivers of disrespectful relationships, family violence, gender-based violence and sexual harm.
It empowers students to consider the role the can play in preventing sexual harm and how they can be active bystanders. The program runs over two days with two-hour sessions per day. The next intake is on 14-15 June 2022. Contact us to register.