Tuesday 17 May

Tuesday 17 May is IDAHOBIT, the International Day Against LGBTIQA+ Discrimination.

IDAHOBIT was first celebrated in 1990 with the removal of homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organisation. It has evolved into an annual celebration of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, and Asexual (LGBTIQA+) community.

For the University of Melbourne, IDAHOBIT is an opportunity to recognise the important contributions made by LGBTIQA+ people at the University, and reaffirm our commitment to provide a welcoming, safe, and respectful experience for all.

This year, the University has installed LGBTIQA+ Pride imagery across our campuses, and invites you to celebrate through participating in the activities listed below:

Student and staff survey – contribute to the LGBTIQA+ Action Plan

A new LGBTIQA+ Action Plan is in development and will address the highest priority issues for LGBTIQA+ students, staff and visitors at the University. Help shape this plan by completing this very short, anonymous survey:

Seminar – Tongzhi/同志/LGBTQIA+ Activism in China

The Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies and the Pride in Action Network are running a joint seminar on LGBTIQA+ activism in China. Speakers and panellists include:

  • Yanhui PENG (aka ‘Yanzi’), a researcher at the Nankai University Zhou Enlai School of Government’s Institute on Community Development (speaker)
  • Dr Anthony Spires, Deputy Director, Centre for Contemporary Chinese Studies (Chair)
  • Anna Brown OAM, CEO of Equality Australia (discussant)
  • Coady Green, Staff Chair of the Pride in Action Network Committee (discussant)
  • Adam Chen-Dedman, PhD Candidate at the School of Cultural and Communication (discussant)

The seminar will run via Zoom from 10.30-11.45am (AEST) on Friday 20 May.

Find out more and register here:

Read the Pursuit articles – ‘Challenging Five Years of Transphobia' and  'Embracing Queer Indigenous Australia'

Sav Zwickl from the University’s Trans Health Research Group has written a feature article based on the research report 'Trans in the Pandemic'. Read about this important research here:

This op-ed by Tom Fernando, Victorian Commissioner for LGBTIQ+ Communities and University of Melbourne explores the needs of health services to cater for the whole person as a human right, which includes Indigenous LGBTIQ+ Australians. Read the article here:

Get active with MU Sport

Queer friendly exercise classes
Delivered in partnership with UMSU Queer, Queer Friendly Gym Nights are for all abilities, and are free from transphobia and homophobia. Classes will run in May at Lincoln Square Fitness Centre from on Friday evenings from 5.30pm.
Sign up for the classes here: MU Sport (

Lacrosse Together Initiative
The Melbourne University Lacrosse Club, Proud2Play and Lacrosse Victoria are running LGBTIQA+ friendly ‘come and try’ sessions from 6-7pm on Mondays, from 2-23 May. The sessions are designed for, and by, the LGBTIQA+ community and are for all ages, genders and abilities.
Sign up here:

Download a Zoom background
(Click the image below then right click to save a copy)

Zoom background with rainbow flag and animated hands in fists up to the air

To upload: while in a Zoom meeting, tap More in the controls. Tap Virtual Background. Tap the background you would like to apply or tap + to upload a new image. The background will be automatically applied.

Download an email signature banner
(Click the image below then right click to save a copy)

Email signature with rainbow flag and hands in the air in fists