Pride Festival at La Trobe

Across our campuses, we come together each March to celebrate and support all members of our LGBTIQA+ community. The 2020 La Trobe Pride Week will be bigger and better than ever, with celebrations and events happening across our campuses! Check out what's happening at yours below!

Melbourne Campus

Pride Day in Melbourne (Bundoora)

Tuesday 24th March - Pride Day

Time: 11am - 2pm

Venue: Agora

Join us for Pride Day where in Agora, we will be celebrating the LGBTIQA+ community with speeches from prominent members of the LGBTIQA+ community, a chill out beanbag zone, photobooth, stalls, music and free food including a BBQ!

Wednesday 25th March - Pride Festival

Time: 11am - 2pm

Venue: Simpson Lawn

Hosted by the LTSU, on wednesday come and celebrate Pride with Pride Festival Day where on the Simpson Lawn we have a live stage with musicians, club stalls, performers, activities, food trucks and more!

Wednesday 25th March - Open Queer Chat

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Venue: ED2-212

In the afternoon the University is hosting an open Queer Chat where you join a group of like-minded people to chat about all things queer in a safe, open and fun environment.

Thursday 26th March - Ask Me Anything Panel

Time: 12pm - 1pm

Venue: Library

As part of the Ask me Anything library program, we are joining forces to bring you an Ask me Anything panel consisting of people from the LGBTIQA+ community. Bring your best questions and ask away!

Thursday 26th March - Pride Week Closing Party & Drag Queen Trivia Night

Time: 7pm - 9pm

Venue: Eagle Bar

Hosted by LTSU, join us for a trivia night hosted by an amazing Drag Act! There will be themed drinks, a special Pride meal deal and trivia fun to close off Pride Week at Bundoora campus.

Bendigo Campus

Bendigo Campus

Tuesday 24th March - Pride Launch

Time: 11:30am - 12pm

Venue: Bendigo Campus

In honour of all LGBTIQA+ people, their experiences both past and present, and as a sign of equity for all, we will be raising the Rainbow Flag in the middle of the Bendigo Campus outside the SU. Rob Stevens will be offering a speech alongside a local community activist, Zare Jones, with both being joined by local drag queens, Ms. Anadiction and infamous Matlida Finish (aka. Deborah Triangle).

Tuesday 24th March - Pride Day

Time: 12pm - 2pm

Venue:  Bendigo SU

Hosted by the Rainbow Eagles with special support from our two queens, Ms. Anadiction and Matilda Finish (aka. Deborah Triangle), PRIDE will take over the SU offering an opportunity to 'Taste the Colours of the Rainbow' and get to know all about what each of the letters in the LGBTIQA+ alphabet stand for. With multiple performances by Ana and Matilda, delicious Buddha Bowls, specially made Unicorn Cupcakes and the campest PRIDE playlist under the sun, this will be one celebration you will want to be a part off.

Tuesday 24th March - Drag Bingo

Time: TBC

Venue: Bendigo SU

Last year Drag Bingo was an absolute smash with the students on res, so as a special return, on a special day, our Bingo Queens will be returning to campus to host another wild session of bingo that will make the hairs on your grandma’s chest curl.  Loud, outrageous and ridiculously hilarious, Drag Bingo will held on the SU for all our students on res to come and enjoy.

Albury/Wodonga Campus

Albury/Wodonga Campus

Wednesday 18th March - Rainbow Roadie Mystery Bus Trip

Time: 6.30pm sharp

Meeting Point: At the turning circle next to the Library

Come along in your best rainbow colours (or come as you are) and celebrate diversity as we tour a few local establishments around town!

Tuesday 24th March - Pride Day

Time: 12pm – 1pm

Venue: Campus

Join us for a LQBTQIA+ Rainbow flag raising on campus then enjoy a free pizza for lunch, decorate your own Rainbow Teddy Bear Biscuit  (Taste the Rainbow), and our own Georgia Welling will be shaving her head for this year’s World’s Greatest Shave!

Tuesday 24th March - Panel Discussion

Time: 1pm - 2pm

Venue: Building 6 Lecture Theatre

Join us for a panel comprising of Local LGBTQIA+ Community Leaders who will be discussing their experiences on this year’s theme “Walk in my Shoes” and then the panel will be opened up for Q & A

Mildura Campus

Mildura Campus

Tuesday 24th March - Pride Day

Time: 10.30am - 12pm

Venue: Student Hub

Come on down to Student Hub where we are hosting a morning tea, will have lots of LGBTIQA+ information and have lots of games with prizes to be won!

Shepparton Campus

Shepparton Campus

Thursday 26th March - Pride Day

Time: 11.30am - 1.30pm

Join us in celebrating Pride at Shepparton Campus where we will host a lunch as well have a LGBTIQA+ information and activities for all!

City Campus

City Campus

Thursday 26th March - Pride Day Party

Time: 2pm - 4pm

Venue: Level 2 Student Lounge

At the City campus we are celebrating Pride with an intimate afternoon Pride Party! Come and join us for mocktail hour, rainbow cake, face painting, a rainbow flag and decorations as well as music, and shower the city campus with some Pride Love!

La Trobe at Midsumma Festival 2020

La Trobe University proudly took part in Midsumma Festival, Victoria's premier LGBTIQ+ cultural festival.  The University had 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 2020 in St Kilda, where we were cheered on by a crown of almost 40,000 spectators!

Pride March 2020 La Trobe

“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.

Queer at La Trobe Podcast: James

Queer at La Trobe Podcast: Mathilde

Queer at La Trobe Podcast: Remmy

Queer at La Trobe Podcast: Tahlia

Get involved

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.

LGBTIQ+ Support

  • 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.

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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.

At the intersection of health, law and sexuality – an interview with Professor Gary Dowsett, Deputy Director of ARCSHS, about his research career and how attitudes towards LGBQTI health have changed

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