UNSW Pride

Happy Mardi Gras!

The 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival runs from 19 February - 7 March. To celebrate last year's festival, over 1,000 students and staff came together in person on the Kensington campus to create the UNSW Human Rainbow. How much has changed since then!

While it may come in different forms this year, we remain committed to marking the importance of Mardi Gras and reaffirming our #UNSWPride. UNSW values that our community is made up of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities; and we continually strive to make our University a welcoming place for LGBTIQ+ students and staff.

UNSW Human Rainbow 2020

This year, the Mardi Gras Parade takes a detour from Oxford Street for a one-off party at the Sydney Cricket Ground. If you can't snap up a ticket to see it in person, you will be able to watch our UNSW Pride live on SBS. We are due to enter the SCG around 8:00pm.

A small number of places in the parade group are now available! First in, best dressed. Once these are sold out, please join the waitlist in case other places become available this week.

Supporting our LGBTIQ+ community at UNSW

At UNSW we aim to provide a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all students and staff regardless of their race, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or gender. We are committed to ensuring LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer / Questioning) students and staff can thrive in our community without experiencing alienation or ill-treatment by fellow staff or students in the University. 

A note on terminology: UNSW uses the acronym LGBTIQ+ as the inclusive umbrella that recognises the most common categories within gender, sex and sexuality diverse populations. We acknowledge there are many other variations of this acronym, which carry many problems and reason for debate - and no doubt, it’s likely there will be new variations in the years to come.

This student-led collective supports and represents all students on campus who are queer - that is, people who identify anywhere within the queer and queer questioning spectrum.

Since 2008, UNSW has built a network of students and staff who pledge to take a proactive stance against discrimination based on diverse genders, sexes and sexualities.

UNSW achieved the level of Gold Employer status in the 2020 Australian Workplace Equality Index, the definitive national benchmark on LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion.

We understand that language matters, can be contested and is constantly evolving. Using appropriate terminology in all forms of communication allows people to feel included.

Information to help you access services offered at UNSW, seek out likeminded student groups, and connect with broader community support and resources.