🌈 Queer Collaborations 🌈

Australia’s largest national Queer/LGBTQIA+ student conference, Queer Collaborations (QC), is coming up next month!

This year, QC will be delivered in a hybrid-format over three action-packed days, with workshops happening both in-person or via video call. The conference will be based in Melbourne, but also has regional hubs in several capital cities so queer-identifying students can participate no matter where they are located!

Keep your eyes peeled for more info! 👀
👉 Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 December
👉‍ RSVP here for updates!
🌟 In-person Conference Tickets HERE
🌟 Online / Interstate Hubs Tickets HERE
🌟 Post-conference Social Event Tickets HERE
Join UMSU Queer and Southbank for an Open Mic Night to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance. Whether you’d like to perform, present, share stories, music or comedy – anything goes!
Allies welcome, but we ask that only Queer and Questioning people register to perform, with Trans and Gender Diverse folk prioritised for performances. The mic will open to all after the registered performances!  🎤
🏳️‍🌈 Join us at Script Bar and Bistro from 7:30pm.
🏳️‍🌈 Register here to perform: https://forms.gle/jjKXf8WBvnTe1D4W8
🏳️‍🌈 Register here to attend: https://www.trybooking.com/BVPRY

What’s that? The famous Queer Ball is happening again in 2021? You heard it here first folks, we will not be stopped! The theme this year is “Villainous Couture” – be gay, do crimes! We will have a fabulous line-up of entertainment and games that can all be enjoyed from the safety of home – stay tuned for more announcements.

Time: 7-10pm, 30th September 2021.

Dress Code: Don’t panic – it’s a party, not some cis-heteronormative debutante ball! IF you’re keen to get dressed up, the theme is “Villainous Couture”. Come as your favourite queer-coded pop culture villain, or make one up yourself, or just be fashionably spooky! Don’t worry though, you’re no less queer (or villainous) if you rock up in your pyjamas!

Zoom Link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/82147073162?pwd=aEFDUUN4cURnRllhK1J0RS9yclptUT09

Registration: https://www.trybooking.com/BUDKA

We’re so keen to see you all there for the annual celebration of all things Queer!!

STRIKE WITH ENVIRO! 
WHEN: 12PM, Friday May 21st
WHERE: South Lawn
Click ‘going’ to our event here!
School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) has called a #ClimateStrike for May 21. Melbourne Uni staff and students will turn out in force to join the rally in the city. Workers and students are mobilising to demand that the Morrison Government #FundOurFutureNotGas:
1. Resource Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led solutions that guarantee land rights and care for country.
2. Fund the creation of jobs that fast track solutions to the climate crisis and help communities recover.
3. Fund Projects that transition our economy and communities to 100% renewable energy by 2030, through expanded public ownership.
Speakers list: TBA
We acknowledge that we are based on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations. We reaffirm that no vision of environmental justice is complete without First Nations justice. We pay our respect to their elders past and present. This land was, is and always will be, Aboriginal land. Sovereignty was never ceded.

The Climate Emergency has accelerated under the pandemic, with floods and bushfires ravaging the east coast. Despite this, Scott Morrison and the Liberals plan to pour billions into new gas projects around the country, trampling over unceded Aboriginal land and locking in decades of disastrous carbon emissions.
We cannot rely on this government and the market to implement a fair and just transition to renewables. Two major renewables projects (the Port Augusta solar thermal plant in SA and the Portland wind turbine factory in Victoria) have fallen through because the government refused to fund them when private investors pulled out.
We need to stop the Climate Emergency with a Climate Powered Recovery. That means forcing the government to directly invest in building 100% renewable energy by 2030, with planned shutdowns of existing fossil fuel plants. If we are to make this target in time, public investment in a mass rollout is the only way.
Our new renewable energy system must be publicly owned and operated by unionised labour, to preserve jobs, conditions and cost of living. We must guarantee that no worker loses out as a result of this transition. We cannot have a repeat of the rushed transition at Hazelwood, which left hundreds of coal plant workers jobless and with no alternative work.
We must tax the rich to pay for the transition. Mining billionaire Gina Rinehart, Australia’s richest person, doubled her wealth to $29 billion under the pandemic. Scott Morrison has just committed $90 billion to a new fleet of attack submarines. This money should be poured into renewables, public transit and sustainability research.
First Nations voices and rights must be at the forefront of the just transition. There should be no new developments without permission from Traditional Owners, so that travesties like the destruction of Wiradjuri artefacts by solar company METKA EGN are not repeated. The Government must commit to funding Indigenous land management programmes. We stand with the Indigenous resistance to new fossil projects at Narrabri, Beetaloo and elsewhere.
Help us spread this climate strike across our campus so we can give the school strikers a massive show of support on May 21. Get involved with the Enviro Collective and invite your friends, classmates, club mates, housemates, students, tutors and lecturers to strike on the day. 

🧚‍♀️🥤UMSU Queer are hosting a Fairy Bread and Bubble Teas Fundraiser!🧚‍♀️🥤
🌈Come along to Union Lawn on Thurs 20 May to enjoy delicious study break treats of fairy bread and refreshing bubble teas!🌈 These treats will be raising money for a number of mental health organisations, including Switchboard Victoria, which is a not-for-profit organisation providing support & counselling services for LGBTIQA+ people, their families and communities.🌟
If you can’t make it in person and want to get involved, you can still donate online (https://www.givenow.com.au/switchedonforswitchboard)🤩
💥When: 20 May, 2-4pm
💥Where: Marquee at Union Lawn
💥Register: https://www.trybooking.com/BRFEC
🌟The Indigenous department is collaborating with the POC and Queer departments to bring to you a fun-filled night at the Ida bar for BIPOC Queer students!🌟There will be a bar tab, food, fun party activities and some drag queen appearances – what more could you want?🤪
🌈When: 13 May
🌈Where: 5-8pm, Ida Bar
Theme is 50 shades of glitter get ready for alot of it!
Register here https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=757929&
UMSU PoC, Queer and Indigenous acknowledges that the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations are the traditional custodians of the land upon which we will be holding these events. We pay our respect to their elders past, present, emerging and we extend that respect to all First Nations Peoples. We acknowledge that the land we are on was stolen and that sovereignty was never ceded. This always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land

Are you queer? Are you angry? Same here! We meet second week at 4pm to discuss ongoing campaigns for queer rights on campus, alternating in person and online. This event is autonomous, but we often run campaign organizing meetings and working bees where allies are more than welcome to attend, so follow our Facebook page below to stay up to date.

Zoom Link: https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/88664634256?pwd=dzlaYnFndEkvQTdlbSswTmYxWVdNdz09

For the best info, find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UMSU-Queer-Political-Action-Collective-197750701059526

It’s Trans Day of Visibility! We’re closing off our action-packed day with a celebration at the Ida Bar from 4-6pm. All TIGD folk and allies welcome!

As per covid regulations we require that you register for the event here: https://www.trybooking.com/BQEJE

See you there!

Guess what? Transphobia is still a thing! Unimelb still hasn’t publicly condemned recent transphobia at Unimelb, and still doesn’t see the issue with high-profile TERFs teaching “Feminism” courses. We’ll be at Old Arts (Arts West side) from 2:30pm.
We will be rallying at Old Arts at 2:30pm to demand that:
1. Unimelb stop promoting transphobia in our courses;
2. Unimelb condemn the transphobic website “noconflicttheysaid”;
3. Academic freedom – Yes! Hate speech – No!
Speakers:
Amy Bright (UMSU Queer Officer)
Senator Janet Rice (Greens Senator for Victoria)
Brittney Henderson (UMSU Indigenous Council Representative)
Srishti Chatterjee (UMSU Women’s Officer)
Dr. Hannah McCann (Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies, NTEU Branch Committee)

It’s Trans Day of Visibility! We’re celebrating with a day full of events, starting with a special edition of Queer Lunch at the Southbank Campus!

Due to covid regulations we require that you register for the event here: https://www.trybooking.com/BQEKI

If you haven’t been to Southbank before, take any 1, 5, 6, 16, 3/3a, 64, 67 or 72 tram in the city direction from Stop 1: University of Melbourne and get off at Stop 14: Arts Precinct/St. Kilda Rd.

Can’t wait to see everyone there!