Pride Network

Creating a stronger and more inclusive environment
The Pride Network supports the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) members of our community.

What we do

We strive for all Pride Network members to experience safety,  joy and connection. Whether you are a student or member of staff who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and/or stand in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community as an ally, welcome. We are so glad you are here. 

Together, our network will:

  • Facilitate intersectional and accessible environments for all LGBTQIA+ Students and Staff to thrive
  • Increase collective understanding of LGBTQIA+ lived experience to drive cultural change leading to greater LGBTQIA+ equity and inclusion
  • Challenge all forms of bigotry and prejudice against LGBTQIA+ peoples
  • Amplify the voices of LGBTQIA+ Students and Staff by providing platforms to enact change and a pathway to raise concerns directly with University Executive
  • Commemorate annual LGBTQIA+ dates of significance

Want to speak to someone?

We have a large network of Allies on campus (see list below) that you can contact for a confidential conversation. Allies have completed training and are available to support LGBTQIA+ staff and students and answer any questions they may have. Allies:

  • are staff and students
  • are LGBTQIA+ friendly and trained to support LGBTQIA+ issues
  • provide a safe and confidential environment for people to ask questions about LGBTQIA+ diversity
  • attend training, formally sign a pledge of support and treat all conversations and approaches as strictly confidential
  • show leadership through their public support of people of all diverse genders, sexualities and sex characteristics
  • promote respect and inclusion of LGBTQIA+ staff and students and role model non-discriminatory practices and language
  • proactively combat, wherever possible, homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and heterosexism on campus

Please note, contacts are not experts in LGBTQIA+ issues and may or may not be from the LGBTQIA+ community.

Allies on campus

  • Ashley Wachman
  • Caitlin Scott
  • Zhenxu Yang

  • Natalie Smith, Dean of the Women's College (+61 2 9950 9800) 
  • Tony Walters, Vice-rector St John's College (+61 2 9394 5000) 

  • Amy McCarthy, Student

Please note, contacts are not experts in LGBTIQ issues and may or may not be from the LGBTIQ community.

Join us

All staff and students are welcome to join our Network and do not have to complete the training to support us. If you would like to receive notices about upcoming meetings, events and relevant information please join our mailing list

For more information about our community and to find out how to join the Pride Network, you can visit the pages below. 

  • Students: visit the student website for instructions on how to join. 
  • Staff: staff can visit the staff intranet to join, and also find out how to register to complete sexual, gender diversity and ally training. You will need a UniKey to log on. 

LGBTQIA Student Support Liaison Officers

The LGBTQIA+ Student Support Liaison Officers (SSLOs) promote inclusion and support for LGBTQIA+ students at the University. SSLOs act as a confidential contact and support for international students, provide information about resources to promote health, safety and connection with other students and the community, and support gender affirmation/transition. Please click here for a full list of SSLOs

Mardi Gras

As part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion at the University, we have been a part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras since 2015. Learn more about our involvement, which we are proud to continue this year.

Note on terminology

At the University of Sydney, ‘LGBTQIA+’ is used as an inclusive umbrella term that recognises the diversity and experiences of sexualities, sex characteristics and genders. We acknowledge that this terminology is a source of ongoing community debate and may not reflect the preferred identification of individuals.

AWEI Gold Award

We're proud to be recognised as a gold employer of choice for the Australian Workplace Equality Index. Find out more about our work on diversity and inclusion.  


Sydney awarded Gold at the 2022 Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards

The University has achieved Gold accreditation for the second consecutive year

The Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards recognise Australia's top organisations for inclusion based on the results of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).

Support resources for students and staff

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Support and advice

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