Pride Festival at La Trobe

Pride Festival dates Monday 25 – Friday 29 March 2019. There are activities and events on all campuses.

Our theme for Pride 2019 is Individuality and Inclusion. We will be celebrating and hearing stories from all parts of the vibrant and diverse queer community.

Being Frank

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

Time and venue to be advised.

Melbourne Campus

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 Rom 1.34
Time: 1.00PM – 4.30PM
RSVP: 20/03/2019 to Rosemary Hudson r.hudson@latrobe.edu.au

Speaking Up Against Queerphobia

This is a one hour workshop presented by Sam Brand - Queer Counsellor, which will give practical advice on how to respond to Queerphobia

*Date and venue to be confirmed

Speaking Up Against Transphobia

This is a one hour workshop presented by Sam Brand - Queer Counsellor, which will give practical advice on how to respond to Transphobia

*Date and venue to be confirmed

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 music, stalls from Melbourne’s supportive LGBTIQ+ organisations and La Trobe Student Union (LTSU), roaming fairy bread platters, a free BBQ by LTSU, speeches, and JOY Radio interviewing and broadcasting live.
Date: Tuesday 26 March 2019
Venue: Agora
Time: 11.00AM – 2.00PM

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: *To be confirmed
Venue: La Trobe Counselling Service, Level 2, Peribolos East Building
Time: *To be confirmed

LTSU Queer Department Movie Night

*Date and venue to be confirmed

LTSU Queer Department Picnic

*Date and venue to be confirmed

LTSU Queer Department Board Games

*Date and venue to be confirmed

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

Wednesday 28 March

12-12.45pm –  Panel (Student and Staff Panel) in the Hangar, with pizza

1-2pm - Livestream of Pride Festival Guest Speaker

As a part of the Pride Day celebrations on the Albury-Wodonga campus, we will be live-streaming guest speaker Imam Nur Warsame from the Bundoora campus.

Imam Nur lives the intersectionality of Islam and homosexuality as an openly gay Muslim and Imam.  He will be speaking about the diversity and interfaith issues of LGBTIQA people and how diversity can strengthen our community.  Dr Carolyn D’Cruz and Professor Helen Lee will join him to answer questions, and the session will be chaired by Dr Timothy Willem Jones.

Date: Wednesday 28 March 2018

Venue: Building 4, Room 4101 Albury-Wodonga Campus

Time: 1.00PM – 2.00PM

Mildura Campus

Wednesday 28 March

1-2pm - Livestream of Pride Festival Guest Speaker

As a part of the Pride Day celebrations on the Mildura campus, we will be live-streaming guest speaker Imam Nur Warsame from the Bundoora campus.

Imam Nur lives the intersectionality of Islam and homosexuality as an openly gay Muslim and Imam.  He will be speaking about the diversity and interfaith issues of LGBTIQA people and how diversity can strengthen our community.  Dr Carolyn D’Cruz and Professor Helen Lee will join him to answer questions, and the session will be chaired by Dr Timothy Willem Jones.

Date: Wednesday 28 March 2018

Venue: Student hub area

Time: 1.00PM – 2.00PM

Food and drinks provided.

Shepparton Campus

Monday 26 March

10.30am - Rainbow cupcakes available in the general student area, and rainbow jelly and ice-cream

Wednesday 28 March

1-2pm - Livestream of Pride Festival Guest Speaker

As a part of the Pride Day celebrations on the Shepparton campus, we will be live-streaming guest speaker Imam Nur Warsame from the Bundoora campus.

Imam Nur lives the intersectionality of Islam and homosexuality as an openly gay Muslim and Imam.  He will be speaking about the diversity and interfaith issues of LGBTIQA people and how diversity can strengthen our community.  Dr Carolyn D’Cruz and Professor Helen Lee will join him to answer questions, and the session will be chaired by Dr Timothy Willem Jones.

Date: Wednesday 28 March 2018

Venue: Room 102

Time: 1.00PM – 2.00PM

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