We want to be a safe, welcoming and inclusive place for our trans and gender-diverse community members, and always to stand against discrimination. Regardless of their gender, sex characteristics or sexual orientation, all students, staff and visitors should feel supported and free to contribute freely and fully.
In the lead up to the federal election, we have been particularly unsettled to see divisive anti-trans sentiments in such high circulation in recent weeks. The recent National Student Safety Survey showed that students of diverse sexualities and genders experience disproportionately high rates of violence, harassment and abuse. This is unacceptable.
In light of this, and in recognition of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia this week, I want to reiterate the University's active commitment to ensuring a safe and supportive environment for all, and acknowledge that ongoing, targeted action is required to achieve this.
This is not about charity, nor even tolerance. It is in our institutional self-interest because recognising and welcoming diversity in our community makes the University a better place – which in turn makes the world a better place.
A diverse and inclusive environment benefits us all.
Professor Annamarie Jagose
Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor
The University has a range of support services and initiatives to support our trans and gender-diverse communities: