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Pride Network

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

What we do

Our aim is for all members of our community to feel supported and free to contribute their best, regardless of gender, sex characteristics or sexual orientation. Our network is open to everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, sex characteristics or gender identity, who supports LGBTIQ inclusion. Members have completed training and are available to support LGBTIQ staff and students and answer any questions they may have. Our network will:

  • help to create a welcoming, safe and supportive environment for everyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer
  • promote cultural change and support our commitment to creating a stronger and more inclusive community by raising LGBTIQ awareness
  • challenge homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and homophobic attitudes and behaviours
  • give LGBTIQ staff and students a voice by providing a channel to raise concerns and issues to the University leadership
  • celebrate important LGBTIQ calendar events throughout the year. 

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 LGBTIQ staff and students and answer any questions they may have. Allies:

  • are staff and students
  • are LGBTIQ friendly and trained to support LGBTIQ issues
  • provide a safe and confidential environment for people to ask questions about LGBTIQ 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 sexual diversity
  • promote respect and inclusion of LGBTIQ 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 LGBTIQ issues and may or may not be from the LGBTIQ community.

Allies on campus

  • Alice Kotowicz
  • Ashley Wachman
  • Caitlin Scott
  • Haezah Vroland
  • Lauren Salisbury
  • Michael McGibbon
  • Wilson Huang
  • Zhenxu Yang

  • Jaki King, St Andrew's College (+61 2 9565 7329) 
  • Katy Cuthbert, International House (+61 2 9517 5028) 
  • Natalie Smith, Dean of the Women's College (+61 2 9950 9800) 
  • Tony Walters, Vice-rector St John's College (+61 2 9394 5000) 

  • Antonia Mocatta (chair), Central Services
  • Sally Chik, Site Services
  • Holly Eades, Site Services
  • Samantha Beaty, Site Services
  • Curtis Flood, Central Services
  • Margarita Matveeve, Site Services
  • Anderson Chang, Central Services
  • Nicholas Tesoriero, Central Services
  • James Hannigan, Site Services



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 register to complete sexual, gender diversity and ally training. You will need a UniKey to log on. 

LGBTIQ Student Support Liaison Officers

The LGBTIQ Student Support Liaison Officers (SSLOs) promote inclusion and support for LGBTIQ students at the University. SSLOs act as a 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, ‘LGBTIQ’ 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 Australian LGBTQ Inclusion Awards

The University of Sydney has been named as a 'gold employer' at the Australian LGBTQ Awards, which recognises Australia's top organisations for inclusion based on the results of the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).

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