Pride Festival at La Trobe

Across our campuses, we come together each year to celebrate and support all members of our LGBTIQ community. The theme for Pride 2019 is Individuality and Inclusion. We will be celebrating and hearing stories from all parts of our vibrant and diverse queer community.

This year will be bigger and better than ever, so come and join in the celebrations and events happening on your campus:

Melbourne Campus

Pride Day in the Agora

The Agora comes alive with rainbows and a festive atmosphere to celebrate our LGBTIQ+ community on campus.  There will be stalls from La Trobe and Melbourne’s supportive LGBTIQ+ organisations, free food, speeches, and JOY Radio interviewing and playing music.

Date: Tuesday 26 March 2019
Venue: Agora
Time: 11.00AM – 2.00PM (Speeches 12PM - 1PM)

Time: 12-1 Official Welcome and address– Join Ro Allan, Victorian Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Simon Evans (Pro Vice-Chancellor, ASSC College), Ro Zemeel Saba (Director, Diversity Inclusion & Culture) and Roz Bellamy, (Writer, Researcher and Editor) who will deliver the keynote.

Event Contact: Sav Zwickl

Rainbow and Trans Flag Raising

Flag up from 25 March to 31 March 2019

LTSU Queer Department Indoor Picnic

Join the LTSU Queer Department for a laidback get together, over free food.

Date: Monday 25th March 2019
Venue: Queer Lounge in the MASO Lounge underneath Union Hall
Time: 2:00 PM

ALLY Training

This is a 3.5 hour training presented by Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria, designed to raise awareness of challenges faced by LGBTIQ+ people.
Date: Monday, 25 March 2019
Venue: Library Seminar Room 1.34
Time: 1.00PM – 4.30PM
RSVP: 20/03/2019 to Rosemary Hudson spaces limited

Being Frank

You are all invited to the theatre based performance program Being Frank that follows the journey of a young trans person, their family and friends, introducing a variety of different perspectives.

Being Frank was written by Chris Summers
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Dramaturg: Genevieve Giuffre
Videographer: Pier Carthew
Producer: Ann Taket
Being Frank was developed and is produced in partnership by Deakin University and Transgender Victoria

Date: Wednesday 27th March 2019
Venue: Menzies Theatre,  Menzies College
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm

Event Contact: Sam Brand

Open Queer Chat

Queer Chat is a safe space to meet other likeminded students and chat about all things queer over lunch every week. Queer Chat celebrates all genders and sexualities (including bisexual, pansexual, fluid, asexual, questioning, transgender, non-binary and intersex students).  During Pride week it will be open later in the day to any new LGBTIQ+ students who would like to come and meet others and see if the space is right for them.
Date: Wednesday, 27 March 2019
Venue: La Trobe Counselling Service, Level 2, Peribolos East Building
Time: TBC

Event Contact: Sav Zwickl

LTSU Queer Department Board Games

Join the LTSU Queer Department for a gathering over board games.

Date: Thursday 28th March 2019
Venue: Queer Lounge/MASO Lounge underneath Union Hall
Time: 11:00 AM

LTSU Queer Department Movie Night

Join the LTSU Queer Department for a free queer movie screening.

Date: Friday 29th March 2019
Venue: TBC
Time: 4:00 PM

LTSU Queer Department Trans Day of Visibility Event: Guest Speaker Nevo Zisin

To mark the annual Trans Day of Visibility, the LSTU Queer Department will be hosting guest speaker Nevo Zisin. Nevo is a Jewish, Queer, non-binary activist, public speaker and author of Finding Nevo, a memoir on gender transition.

Date: Monday 1st April 2019

Venue: Bundoora Library Seminar Room 1.34
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

LTSU Queer Department Trans Day of Visibility Event: Clothes Swap

To mark the annual Trans Day of Visibility, the LSTU Queer Department will be hosting a clothes swap – bring along your unwanted clothing and leave with a new addition to your wardrobe.

Date: Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Venue: Queer Lounge in the MASO Lounge underneath Union Hall
Time: 4:00 PM

LTSU Queer Department Trans Day of Visibility Event: Movie Night

To mark the annual Trans Day of Visibility, the LSTU Queer Department will be hosting a movie night.

Date: Thursday 4th April 2019

Venue: TBC
Time: 4:00 PM

LTSU Queer Department Trans Day of Visibility Event: Book Club

To mark the annual Trans Day of Visibility, the LSTU Queer Department will be hosting a book club, where you can discuss Queer literature with other students.

Date: Friday 5th April 2019

Venue: Queer Lounge
Time: 2:00 PM

Bendigo Campus

Pride Day - Tuesday 26 March

11.30am - Welcome and Pride Flag raising
12-2pm - Live music, information stalls, free food and facepainting on the Student Union floor.
12:15pm on the SU floor  - a play called Being Frank followed by panel discussion

You are all invited to the theatre based performance program Being Frank that follows the journey of a young trans person, their family and friends, introducing a variety of different perspectives.

Being FrankBeing Frank was written by Chris Summers
Director: Suzanne Chaundy
Dramaturg: Genevieve Giuffre
Videographer: Pier Carthew
Producer: Ann Taket
Being Frank was developed and is produced in partnership by Deakin University and Transgender Victoria

Albury-Wodonga Campus

March 26th:  Pride Day on Campus

Staff and Student Panel Conversation: What does individuality and inclusion mean for the LGBTIQ+ community?

Time: 12.30pm

Venue The Hangar

Meal Deal for students

Time: 12.30pm

Venue The Hangar

Thursday 28 March - Gender Bender Bus Tour

Time: 7:00pm

Venue: Leaving from the Hangar

Mildura Campus

Morning Tea

Event: Morning Tea

Rainbow cake decorating details to be announced.

Date: Tuesday 26 March 2019

Time: 10.30AM

Where: MSA BBQ Area

Shepparton Campus

Queerstories Event


Is there more to being queer than coming out and getting married? Critically acclaimed storytelling night Queerstories will be making its way to Shepparton for one night only, featuring a diverse line up of LGBTIQ+ speakers sharing their stories. From the heart warming to downright hilarious, enjoy unexpected tales of lives well lived and battles fought, pride, prejudice, love and humour.

Queerstories has been selling out shows around the country for 2 years, bringing storytellers from all walks of life to the stage. 

Stories from around the country are available on a popular podcast, and as a collection published by Hachette Australia

This event is Auslan interpreted.

Hosted by Maeve Marsden and supported by Goulburn Valley Pride Inc. and Shepparton Festival.

Venue: LTU, 210 Fryers Street, Shepparton
Date: 21/3/2019
Time: 6.15 PM for drinks, finger food, & networking for 7PM show start
Tickets $20-25 https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=456260&

Pride Morning Tea

Date: Wednesday 27 March 2019

Time: 11am

Venue: Shepparton Campus downstairs open area.

Drop in for a cuppa and chat about how individuality fosters inclusion!

This year at Pride, we want everyone to feel heard, welcomed and included in the community, and we value and welcome our straight, cisgender allies!

Get involved

If you have other ideas for Pride or would like to be involved in any way (planning, marketing, design, having a stall at Pride, ways your area might do something on the day, using a Pride slide in your lectures, or picking up a badge to wear on the day) please contact the Pride Team at counselling@latrobe.edu.au

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.

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 counselling@latrobe.edu.au 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