On Wednesday 17th Oct, SSU’s Queer Representative, Jane Owen, was thrilled to take centre stage in Swinburne’s 2018 Pride Celebration and campus march.
“It was an absolute honour to represent the queer students of Swinburne in this event. To meet Morgan (Morgan Carpenter, the Event’s Keynote speaker) who is a wonderful champion for the rights of intersex and diverse communities, and to speak with Linda (Linda Kristjanson, Swinburne’s Vice-Chancellor) and Jane (Jane Ward Swinburne’s Vice-President Engagement) about the experience of Swinburne’s queer students was quite an opportunity and a thrill.”
As well as discussing the experience of Swinburne’s LGBTIQ student community with Swinburne leaders, Jane also had the honour of helping lead the Pride procession throughout campus.
“It’s really important to show up and participate in these events. They say up to 80% of all LGBTIQ bullying happens in education settings. So to be here, leading a march through campus, to celebrate Pride is so important.”
After the march, all guests and friends were invited back to the SSU’s on-campus bar, the Hammer & Swine, for a Pride after party which also included the public creation of a rainbow banner of handprints symbolising Pride at Swinburne. The banner itself will now be displayed within the Queer Space.
Swinburne Student Union’s Queer officer, the Swinburne Queer Collective and the Swinburne Queer Space are available to help any LGBTIQ students and allies of LGBTIQ students seeking support, advice or simply to connect and get involved in campus life.