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!

Speed Friending with UMSU

Without being on campus, it can be hard to make university friends!

Although, goodness knows, tutors try to get chats going in break out rooms, and lecturers drum up excitement around Canvas discussion boards, it can be hard to move past academic content and onto the fun stuff so you can really find your people!

The UMSU Host Program has got you! This year, Speed Friending is BACK (just this time on Zoom). A fail-safe way to quickly make friends and you don’t even need to leave your house!

Held within the loving embrace of some of UMSU’s autonomous departments (meaning departments run by and for students who identify as part of the community the Department represents) and their Arts and Media counterparts, this Zoom event will allow you to meet like-minded, friend-seeking students.

This is a great way to engage with UMSU and your university peers from wherever you are in the world! Whether this is your 1st year or your 4th, come along, find some pals! You never know who is out there waiting for you to meet them.

Come make some friends…FAST !  

Thanks for coming to 2021 Speed Friending with The Host Program! 

Stay in touch by following our Facebook and Instagram to see what other great events we have on throughout the year. 


EVENT LINEUP

Week 1  

Monday 1st March, 6pm – General Speed Friending  

Tuesday 2nd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Women’s Department* 

Wednesday 3rd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Creative Arts and Media Departments  

Week 2  

Monday 8th March, 6pm- Speed Friending with the People of Colour Department* 

Tuesday 9th March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Queer Department* 

Wednesday 10th March, 6pm – General Speed Friending 

To figure out which event might be right for you, have a read below and click on the link to book into their Speed Friending session! 

 

Women’s Department*: 

The Women’s Department represents all women, non-binary, trans and gender-diverse students at the University of Melbourne. We run chill weekly collectives where you can socialise with other Gals and Enby Pals, educational events during our Feminist Fridays, as well as activist campaigns like Safety on Campus that combats sexual assault and harassment. 

 

Creative Arts and Media Departments:  

You love art? We do too! Creative Arts and Media are here to help all students from all backgrounds and skill-sets find their arty fam and make art at uni. From arty parties to our student magazine Farrago, we have lots on offer so come along and find your people! 

 

People of Colour Department*: 

We advocate for and support students of colour, whether by organizing welfare initiatives and social events or fighting for better representation on campus. There is definitely a space for you, you can express yourself and host an anti-racism workshop or submit a piece in Myriad. Pssst we have GREAT food 

 

Queer Department* : 

The Queer Department is a safe place for all students who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are questioning. We hold events for all of you lovely queers to meet and get to know each other, and form a community at Unimelb. We also handle advocacy and grievances for queer issues at uni. 

 

General Speed Friending:  

Hosted by the UMSU Host Program (the people that make your campus tours happen) this Speed Friending sesh is open to anyone so long as you’re a student!  We can’t wait to meet you!   

 


The UMSU Host Program and their UMSU Departmental collaborators acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we live, work, and learn, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

 

Beat that face, glue that lace and make them faint! We’re combining with the UMSU Creative Arts Department to bring you a Drag Workshop!

We’re so excited to be supporting a local drag artist and getting you confident with a make-up brush.

Happening Thursday 29th April at 4pm.