LGBTIQ+ Learning

Pride in Diversity (PID), the national LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion support program,  publish a range of materials and videos to help staff and managers support their LGBTIQ+ colleagues in a range of areas. Check out these members-only resources available to UNSW employees by using your staff log in details (Username = your zID (e.g. z1234567), Password = your zPass).

Our LGBTIQ+  Terminology and Language

UNSW uses the acronym LGBTIQ+ as the inclusive umbrella term that recognises the diversity and experiences of sexualities, sex characteristics and genders.  

We acknowledge there are many other variations of this acronym - and no doubt, it’s likely there will  be new variations in the years to come. We realise that our choice, may not reflect the preferred identification of all individuals and will continue to discuss with the LGBTIQ+ community what initialism conveys the greatest sense of belonging for everyone.   

We understand that language matters. Using appropriate terminology in all forms of communication allows people to feel included.

Refer to Diversity Council Australia's Words at Work,, and ACON’s Language Guide for Trans and Gender Diverse Inclusion for details on how to use inclusive and non-offensive language. TransHub, ACON's trans and gender diverse information and resource platform, has an excellent language guide and glossary.

Understanding the LGBTIQ+ acronym 

Understanding terms relating to diverse genders, sexes and sexualities helps foster a more inclusive and respectful workplace for LGBTIQ+ staff at UNSW. UNSW has a list of LGBTIQ+ terminology and definitions.

Andy’s Story  

To mark International Transgender Day of Visibility 2019, UNSW lecturer Andy Kaladelfos openly talks about their trans experience in the hope to raise visibility for the trans community.  

“Trans and gender diverse students are very worried about being called their birth name and the sex. As a teacher, I plan to include a pronoun exercise at the beginning of a new course with my students. It’s an easy addition that continues to build a culture of awareness and inclusion at UNSW.” 

- Andy Kaladelfos

Check out expert materials and videos (including an LGBTI e-Learning resource) to help staff and managers support their LGBTIQ+ colleagues in a range of areas. All content has been developed by subject matter experts. You may also access a collection of TED Talks (and more) on the topic of Transgender.