Celebrating Pride Day

Gay-Pride-standard‘Pride Day is all about celebrating our diverse array of students and creating a supportive and accepting environment for GLBTIQ (gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, intersex, and queer) students. The Rainbow Flag symbolises gay pride and this event demonstrates the University’s support for GLBTIQ students,’ said La Trobe University’s Bendigo Campus Director, Andrew Skewes.

Gay student, David Bell, is looking forward to the celebrations. ‘Having come out only this year at the age of 21, the support networks at La Trobe have been really helpful. It has created an environment where I feel accepted for who I am and that’s what Pride Day is all about,’ said Mr Bell.

‘Growing up in Rushworth I did feel isolated. Coming out was one of the most difficult things I have done and having this environment that is so supportive, now I look back and wonder what it was all about. Attending La Trobe University in Bendigo has really broadened my horizons and has made me feel comfortable and accepted both by my family and at uni,’ added Mr Bell.

President of the students SAFE (Sexuality, Acceptance, Freedom, Equality) group at La Trobe, Tennille Porter has welcomed the event.

‘It’s exciting to take a step towards something new and different for Bendigo. I’m really looking forward to the celebrations.’

Mr Skewes said it’s important to ensure that all students feel supported during their studies.

‘We’re delighted to host the first Pride Day celebration on this campus as a show of support for our GLBTIQ students. University study is challenging of itself and we want to do what we can to minimise potential stress from external factors,’ said Mr Skewes.

‘I congratulate the organising team for the great program that they have put together and hope that all our students enjoy the festivities.’

Pride Day is being organised by the Counselling Service Queer Programs, Queer Chat Group and ALLY Network.

The action-packed day includes an Indigenous welcome by local didgeridoo soloist, Ron Murray, guest speakers, various GLBTIQ stall holders, Bollywood dancing with internationally renowned, Shiamak, and an outside broadcast by 3BO radio.

Students will be able to enjoy free foods such as hotdogs, fairy floss, fairy cakes, fairy bread and a barbecue prepared by a local Rotary club.  


Media enquiries

Tenille Porter, President, SAFE, M 0448 249 383

Zerin Knight, Ph (03) 5444 7375 F +613 5444 7526 M 0428 463 161 E z.knight@latrobe.edu.au