Pride Festival at La Trobe
Across our campuses, we come together each March to celebrate and support all members of our LGBTIQ community. The 2019 La Trobe Pride Festival was bigger and better than ever, with celebrations and events happening across our campuses.
Pride Day in the Agora
On Melbourne Campus, the Agora came alive with rainbows and a festive atmosphere to celebrate our LGBTIQ+ community on campus. There were be stalls from La Trobe and Melbourne’s supportive LGBTIQ+ organisations, free food, speeches, and JOY Radio interviewing and playing music. We were also joined by guest speakers including Ro Allen, Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Simon Evans (Pro Vice-Chancellor ASSC College), Zemeel Saba (Director, Diversity Inclusion & Culture) and Roz Bellamy, (Writer, Researcher and Editor), who delivered the keynote.
Other events at Melbourne Campus included a performance of "Being Frank", a play about a young transgender person. ALLY training for staff and students, Queer Chat and LTSU Queer Department hosted an indoor picnic, board games and movie night. The Library also produced :Finding Pride at Your Library. https://www.latrobe.edu.au/mylatrobe/finding-pride-at-your-library/
In the week following Pride Festival, the LTSU Queer Department also held Trans and Gender Diverse Celebration week, to mark International Transgender Day of Visibility and hosted a range of events including guest speaker, author and activist Nevo Zisin and a movie night, clothes swap and book club.
On Bendigo Campus La Trobe Pride Festival was marked by a day of live music, stalls, free food and face painting. They also hosted a performance of the play "Being Frank"
Albury-Wodonga Campus hosted a staff and student panel conversation "What does individuality and inclusion mean for the LGBTIQ+ Community?" They also had a meal-deal for students at The Hanger and a Gender Bender Bus Tour
At Mildura Campus there was a Morning Tea event that included decorating "genderbread" people
As part of Pride Festival 2019, the critically acclaimed Queerstories storytelling night came to Shepparton for one night only, with a line-up of LGBTIQ+ speakers sharing their stories. Queerstories was hosted by Maeve Marsden and supported by Goulburn valley Pride Inc and Shepparton Festival. Shepparton Campus also hosted a Pride morning tea.
La Trobe at Midsumma Festival
La Trobe University proudly takes part in Midsumma Festival, Victoria's premier LGBTIQ+ cultural festival. The University has a stall at Midsumma Carnival in the Alexandra Gardens, which is a high energy event that attracts over 100,000 patrons. La Trobe staff and students also marched together at the Midsumma Pride March in St Kilda, where we were cheered on by a crown of almost 40,000 spectators
“Queer at La Trobe” Podcast
In March 2019, La Trobe Student Wellbeing and JOY Radio collaborated in the creation of a series of mini-podcasts about the experience of being an LGBTIQ+ student at La Trobe University. A group of students went on a tour of JOY Radio station and then sat down with Lisa, is a 25 year old cisgender lesbian and producer at JOY 94.9 in Melbourne to share their personal stories about being queer at La Trobe.
If you have other ideas future Pride events or would like to be involved in any way (planning, marketing, design, having a stall at Pride, ways your area might do something on this day, using a Pride slide in your lectures, or picking up a badge to wear on the day) please contact the Pride Team.
Why we celebrate Pride
The LGBTIQ+ community consists of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, non-binary, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual, fluid, and many other words that can describe our complex experiences of sexuality and gender. This diversity also includes different ethnicities, cultures, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, religious and spiritual beliefs, politics and personalities.
Our Pride celebrations are a visible reminder that the university acknowledges and supports its LGBTIQ+ students and staff, and that we belong here as valued members of the university and the community. Given the challenges LGBTIQ+ people often face, it is important that the university shows its support through making the whole campus safe for everyone to be who they are and want to be, whatever their sexuality or gender.
Other ways La Trobe University is proud
La Trobe University has a lot to be Proud of in the LGBTIQ+ space all year round!
Our Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society produces high quality LGBTIQ+ research, and they also run Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria (GLHV) which is an LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing policy and resource unit. GLHV developed the Rainbow Tick accreditation for services to become more accessible and responsive to LGBTIQ+ people, and the Rainbow Network, which includes a database of all LGBTIQ+ support groups and services across Victoria, is run by La Trobe University.
La Trobe offers course content about LGBTIQ+ issues in Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies and we have an Ally Network of staff and students who have been trained in LGBTIQ+ awareness, and GLHV provides Ally training each year to interested staff and students.
We also organise other events throughout the year for our LGBTIQ+ students and staff, including IDAHOBIT and Transgender Day of Remembrance.
La Trobe at Midsumma Festival
La Trobe University proudly takes part in Midsumma Festival, Victoria's premier LGBTIQ+ cultural festival. The University has a stall at Midsumma Carnival in the Alexandra Gardens, which is a high-energy event that attracts over 100,000 patrons. La Trobe staff and students also marched together at the Midsumma Pride March in St Kilda, where we were cheered on by a crowd of almost 40,000 spectators.
- La Trobe University has dedicated Queer Counsellors, who have experience in supporting people through issues faced by LGBTIQ+ students, and are available at the Bundoora and Bendigo campuses (or by phone from the Mildura, Shepparton and Albury-Wodonga campuses).
- At Bundoora campus, we have a Queer Chat group every Wednesday at 1pm where you can meet other LGBTIQ+ students and talk about all things queer, in a confidential space facilitated by the Queer Counsellor and student Queer Peers. At Bundoora campus, there is also a Student Union Queer Collective and a Queer Lounge where students can hang out and meet other LGBTIQ+ people in a safe space, and be part of other social events throughout the year.
- Contact the Queer Counsellor about individual counselling or the Queer Chat group by emailing or calling (03) 9479 2956.
- In Bendigo the Rainbow Eagles social group is a club run by the Bendigo Student’s Association, and is supported by the La Trobe Counselling Service.
- If you are experiencing harassment or discrimination, Speak Up can help.
- If you need to talk to someone, QLife is a national LGBTIQ+ helpline and chat service staffed by peers, and there are other Emergency numbers you can call if you are struggling.
Want to expand your thinking?
Nest is La Trobe's content hub has a range of stories and opinions to inspire thinking around Pride Festival.
Queer wars: Q&A with Dennis Altman – interview with La Trobe’s Dennis Altman about his 2016 book, Queer Wars, canvassing queer rights across the globe
Same-sex-marriage: the journey to the postal vote – explainer featuring La Trobe experts, about how the same-sex postal vote came about what impact your vote had