Charles Sturt University to fly flag of inclusivity

14 MAY 2019

Charles Sturt University to fly flag of inclusivity

On 17 May Charles Sturt University will show its support for the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) by flying rainbow flags and installing rainbow crossings across all campuses.

  • Charles Sturt University supports international day against homophobia, biphobia, interphobia and transphobia on 17 May
  • Events to recognise the day will be held across all University campuses 
  • Charles Sturt creating a pledge for staff to sign committed to an inclusive culture

On Friday 17 May Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) will show its support for the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) by flying rainbow flags and installing rainbow crossings across all campuses.

IDAHOBITis an important date for LGBTIQ+ communities and their allies to unite in support of the recognition of human rights for all, irrespective of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

The IDAHOBIT theme for 2019 is “Justice and Protection for All” which is in recognition that in many places around the world, LGBTIQ people still face injustice and live in fear and danger.

Associate Professor Alison Gerardthe Director of the Charles Sturt Centre for Law and Justicesaid it was important for the University to show support for the LGBTIQ+ community.

“Globally, and even within parts of Australia, LGBTIQ+ people continue to face discrimination and prejudice. 

“The latest ILGA reporton State-Sponsored homophobia lists 72 countries that still criminalize same-sex sexual relations.

“Many more countries restrict freedom of speech on gender and sexual diversities. 

“People with diverse gender identities or expressions are experiencing unacceptably high rates of social violence and injustice,” Associate Professor Gerard said. 

Associate Professor Gerard is the co-convenor of Charles Sturt’s Ally network, a group of trained volunteers who are committed to building a safe and inclusive space to work and study. 

“One of the University’s core values is inclusivity, and we are committed to creating and sustaining a culture in which sexual and gender diversity is not only accepted but is affirmed and celebrated. 

“The Ally network has done an exceptional job of organising a variety of events across our campuses to mark this significant day,” Associate Professor Gerard said. 

Kath Attree Charles Sturt Acting Director Engagement and Strategic Practice Leader Transition Division of Student Services, said the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia was an opportunity for the University to publicly support individuals of diverse sexuality or gender identity.

“Charles Sturt University is committed to maintaining support for staff and students each and every day,” Ms Attree said. 

In addition to the rainbow flags and crossings, each campus will hold an information stall and an IDAHOBIT pledge signing where staff and students will pledge to take a stand against homophobia, biphobia, transphobia and intersexism at the University and in our communities. 

Bathurst campus will also be hosting ‘Drag Queen Bingo’ on the evening of 17 May. 

Campus event details:

Albury — IDAHOBIT morning tea and pledge signing at 10am, The Gums

Bathurst — IDAHOBIT pledge signing at 12:30pm, Library Lawn | Drag Queen Bingo at 7pm, Rafters Bar

Dubbo — IDAHOBIT pledge signing at 12:30pm, The Quad

Orange — IDAHOBIT pledge signing at 10am, Banjos

Port Macquarie — IDAHOBIT morning tea and pledge signing at 10am, Student Kitchen

Wagga — IDAHOBIT pledge signing at 12pm, The Hub/Crow Bar

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Associate Professor Alison Gerard, Charles Sturt Director of Law and Justice Centre or Ms Kath Attree Acting Director Engagement and Strategic Practice Leader, contact Chris Gillies at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0439 068 752 or news@csu.edu.au

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