Inaugural LGBTIQA+ Ally Network
The University of Melbourne’s LGBTIQA+ ally community, the Pride in Action Network (PiAN), promotes visibility and inclusivity of diverse gender and sexuality identities.
The idea of the network was first introduced to students and staff in an online consultation process. Of 773 respondents, 98 per cent agreed that the aims of the group resonated with them. This led to the network launch in 2019 at the Midsumma Pride March.
Students and staff are encouraged to sign up as allies and access free resources to equip them with the knowledge and skills to proactively create a safer campus and online environment for all.
PiAN has been involved in a number of initiatives, including hosting panel discussions during the International Transgender Day of Visibility, and the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, as well as running free regular training sessions on how to be a good ally.
The group works closely with departmental and student-run LGBTIQA+ programs, including Melbourne University Sport’s Pride in Sport, UMSU (the University of Melbourne Student Union) Queer Department and GSA (Graduate Student Association) Queer Department.