Committee

Melbourne University Law Students' Society

Queer Portfolio:

 

The MULSS queer portfolio aims to provide support and guidance to LGBTIQA+ students in the law school. Students should be able to be their authentic selves at university, and so MULSS is committed to fostering a friendly and discrimination-free environment on campus.

The Queer Portfolio has two queer officers for 2017, Alex Callahan and Aviva Kidd.

Health and Wellbeing:
We recognize that LGBTIQA+ students may face additional stresses not catered for by general student services. In an environment where small pressures can build if not properly dealt with, it is important to know that there are support networks in place for LGBTIQA+ students. If you are struggling in any way, we strongly encourage you to contact one of the queer officers. We are very keen to help where we can, or at least point you in the right direction!
See below for a full list of LSS contact options and supporting organisations, otherwise feel free to speak to us in person.

Professional and Social Development:
It is increasingly the case that involvement in the greater LGBTI community provides yet another opportunity for students to engage with the wider ‘legal world’. Law firms, government departments and NGOs are giving more attention to the issues surrounding gender and sexual diversity, and as such a widespread community of legal practitioners is developing. It is our aim to help students engage with this community and make the most of the opportunities to contribute and engage.
Make sure to keep tabs on up the LSS and like our Facebook page (Queer@Melbourne Law School) for notifications of upcoming events!

Queer Issues in Our Community:
The queer portfolio aims to engage the law school in current questions of social and legal justice pertaining to the queer identifying community. The portfolio will host a number of forums and
other events throughout the year to raise awareness and increase
 understanding of these issues throughout the law school.


Upcoming Events

Monash LSS and MULSS Present the LGBTIQ Networking Night
Thursday 11th May 2017, 6.30-9.30pm, La Di Da
Come meet representatives from all over the legal professional spectrum!

 

Annual Queer Lecture
This year we are thrilled to announce that our annual lecture speaker is Anna Brown! Anna Brown is a human rights lawyer working at the Human Rights Law Centre, and has lead much of the Centre’s work in LGBTI rights. The lecture is on Monday 15th May 2017, at 7pm.

Coming semester two:
• A panel about legal issues affecting the Transgender community
• A panel featuring representatives from our sponsoring firms, Clayton Utz and Herbert Smith Freehills
• A joint end of year party with Monash LSS!

External Organisations:

Beyond Blue:
Beyond Blue have numerous resources for addressing depression and anxiety for LGBTQI, or unsure, students.
http://www.beyondblue.org.au

LIVOut - Law Institute of Victoria:
The Law Institute of Victoria’s LGBTIQ Diversity Initiative.
http://www.liv.asn.au/For-Lawyers/Submissions-and-LIV-projects/LIVout-LGBTIQ-Diversity-Initiatives

The Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby:
http://www.vglrl.org.au

Bisexual Alliance Victoria Inc.:
http://www.bi-alliance.org

Transgender Victoria:
http://www.transgendervictoria.com

Ygender
https://ygender.org.au/

 

Out For Australia

An organisation that aims to support LGBTIQA+ professionals.

http://www.outforaustralia.org/

Contact

Alex Callahan

Queer Officer

lss-queer@unimelb.edu.au

Aviva Kidd

Queer Officer

lss-queer@unimelb.edu.au