Pride in Action Network
The Pride in Action Network (PiAN) is the University of Melbourne’s inaugural LGBTQIA+ ally network.
The Network has been established to work with network members and leadership to build and promote visibility of an inclusive and culture where diversity is affirmed and celebrated – from the inside out.
PiAN brings together staff and students who identify as LGBTQIA+, their allies and supporters, creating opportunities to share information and foster an inclusive and supportive workplace and learning environment. Learn how to join.
LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Action Plan
The University’s LGBTIQA+ Inclusion Action Plan represents a whole-of-University approach to eliminate obstacles in culture, practices, systems and structures for LGBTIQA+ inclusion. The aim is to embed and advance principles of diversity and inclusion by addressing the unique challenges facing LGBTIQA+ students, staff and visitors to the University.
The University has committed to resource and implement the actions outlined in the plan from 2023-2026. All staff and students are encouraged to engage with the programs, services, resources and events it will deliver.
How to be a good LGBTIQA+ ally
So, you want to be a good ally? That’s great! The Pride in Action Network have put together this guide to keep alongside you on the journey.
It’s important that the LGBTIQA+ community and its allies work together to create an inclusive society. Yes, it’s disappointing that people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities still experience a range of discriminations that can have negative impacts on their health and wellbeing, but becoming an ally affirms our commitment to kindness and inclusion for everyone.
University of Melbourne groups and services
Pride in Sport
The Pride in Sport program welcomes and celebrates the University's diversity and aims to provide a safe place for all LGBTQIA+ people to participate in sport
UMSU Queer Department
You'll find the queer student community here at the University of Melbourne Student Union's Queer Department
Wavelength Medical Education
Wavelength is an online open-access medical education platform designed for students and junior doctors to provide safe and inclusive care for LGBTI+ people
LGBTQIA+ counselling and support at the University of Melbourne's Counselling & Psychological Services
- Black Rainbow - Australia’s National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Trans* and Intersex service
- Minus18 – Australia’s youth driven network for LGBTQIA+ young people
- QLife – anonymous and free LGBTI peer support
- Queerspace – counselling, for community by community
- Switchboard Victoria – peer-driven support for the LGBTIQA+ community, their families and allies
- Transgender Victoria – Victoria’s leading body for trans and gender diverse advocacy
- Ygender – peer-led social support and advocacy group for trans/gender diverse young people
- Queers in Science – An organisation building community and improving support for LGBTQIA+ people in STEMM in Australia, hosted by WEHI
- 500 Queer Scientists – A campaign for LGBTQ+ people and their allies working in STEM and STEM-supporting jobs
Try podcasts Nancy, Qmmunity, Queers, Making Gay History or Beyond Gender.
- Minus 18 – 'Trans 101' videos on the basics for trans and gender diverse people and their allies.
- The Transgender, Intersex, Drag, and Children of Same-Sex Parents episodes of the TV show ‘You Can’t Ask That’ on ABC iView.
- Transgender Teenagers episode of SBS Insight.
- Recent research on the experience of campus climate for LGBTQ+ university students in the Australian context
- SBS Pride shares articles celebrating LGBTQIA+ diversity and its multicultural communities in Australia.
- Archer Magazine – an Australian award-winning print publication about sexuality, gender and identity, with a focus on lesser-heard voices and the uniqueness of our experiences.
- Star Observer – Star Observer has been setting Australia’s LGBTI agenda since 1979, with a long and proud history of independent journalism.
- The books ‘Growing up Queer in Australia’ and ‘Living and Loving in Diversity’ that share deeply personal accounts from the LGBTIQA+ community.
- GLAAD's ‘Allies Guide to Terminology’. They have many great resources!
- Australian Institue of Family Studies' LGBTIQ+ Communities glossary of common terms
- Victorian Public Sector's Inclusive Language Guide: how to use language respectfully and inclusively when working with and referring to LGTIQA+ people.
Transgender and gender diverse health education: a review
What does the next generation of trans-friendly health care providers look like? For Transgender Day of Visibility, Dr Asiel Adan Sanchez discussed trans-affirmative care in medical education with Dr Megan Sharp, Pride in Action Network Co-Chair and Research Fellow – MDHS Diversity and Inclusion.
This webinar was supported by the MDHS Diversity and Inclusion Associate Dean, A/Prof Natalie Hannan and produced by Dr Megan Sharp in collaboration with Dr Asiel Adan Sanchez.
Holding Space and Place: IDAHOBIT in COVID-19
The Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning & the Pride in Action Network presented an online panel featuring Simona Castricum (educator and PhD candidate in ABP), Soon-Tzu Speechley (ACAHUCH PhD scholar) and Oscar Gao (UoM alum), facilitated by Dr Megan Sharp.
The panellists discussed queer experiences of holding space at home, how the Stay-At-Home orders affects queer people and chosen families, and how our communities are organising to provide support.