Intersex Awareness Day
In conversation with Bonnie Hart and Travis Wisdom
In the lead-up to Intersex Awareness Day (26 October) we were joined by intersex activist Bonnie Hart and international law scholar Travis Wisdom for a discussion on the issues faced by the intersex community and how to be a better ally.
Intersex Awareness Day provides an important opportunity for people to learn more about the experiences of intersex people and the human rights issues they face.
The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) was created in 2004 to highlight the violence and discrimination experienced by the LGBTIQ community.
May 17 commemorates the World Health Organization's decision to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1990.
We celebrated IDAHOBIT with events in partnership with the Monash Student Association, MONSU Caulfield, GLEAM, Querelle 18, Monash Law Students' Society and the Progressive Law Network. Many staff held morning teas in their area to raise awareness and show support for our LGBTIQ community. We'd call it a full spectrum celebration!
Check out a video recap of what IDAHOBIT means to Monash.
Midsumma Pride March
Through the sweltering heat, our Monash community united for the Midsumma Pride March.
Led by President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner, staff, students, alumni and friends marched down Fitzroy Street to support the LGBTIQ+ community.
LGBTIQ Forum Day
The LGBTIQ Forum Day provides an opportunity for Monash students and staff to come together and discuss challenges faced by LGBTIQ communities, learn about current research in the LGBTIQ space, develop their skills as allies, and make new connections.
The theme in 2017 was From Ally to Advocate, exploring how Allies can step up for the LGBTIQ community and become advocates. Nevo Zisin delivered a moving keynote speech on the importance of allies being active and educating others, rather than placing that responsibility on members of an already exhausted community.
The panel discussion covered a broad range of topics, from the ongoing activism surrounding the marriage equality movement and the misinformation spread about the Safe Schools program to the importance of LGBTIQ characters receiving accurate and visible media representation.
Researchers from Monash and other universities provided insights on a number of LGBTIQ topics.
- Associate Professor Noah Riseman presented a brief history of LGBTIQ equality in the military, revealing a significant focus on equality over the past decade.
- Dr James Roffee analysed his research conducted with Dr Andrea Waling on intra-community discrimination, bullying and harassment of LGBTIQ university students.
- Erik Denison gave an outline of his PhD study emphasising the current unacceptable level of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sports.
- Yen Ha reported on the fieldwork she has undertaken for her PhD looking into the domestic and international migration experiences of Vietnamese LGBT youth.
The Forum Day provided a small insight into the state of the LGBTIQ community in 2017 and presented a taster of the challenges ahead in a post marriage equality Australia.