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).
UNSW uses the acronym LGBTIQ+ as the inclusive umbrella that recognises the most common categories within gender, sex and sexuality diverse populations. That is, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer-identifying people and the ‘+’ being an inclusive and intentional way of representing all identities and experiences that are not represented by the letters.
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. 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.
To ideally capture vast identities and experiences, UNSW aims to use the long-hand phrase ‘gender, sex and sexuality diverse’ or ‘diverse genders, sexes and sexualities’ where permissible. UNSW still recognises that the shorthand acronym is more visible and commonly understood and therefore suggest using LGBTIQ+ in parentheses: ‘gender, sex and sexuality diverse (LGBTIQ+)’.
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.
Demographic questions (sometimes referred to as indicators) are the measure(s) included in research to categorise groups. Ensuring that demographic questions are framed to adequately capture gender, sexuality and diversity of sex characteristics is an important act of recognition of LGBTIQ+ people and their lives. This resource on inclusive demographic indicators for gender, sexuality and sex characteristics is determined best practice as at July 2020, in consultation with Intersex Human Rights Australia, LGBT Health Alliance, The Gender Centre, PASH.TM, ACON. Endorsed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Gender Reference Group. This will assist in creating and updating forms, writing and evaluating surveys and conducting research that is inclusive of diverse gender, sexuality and sex characteristics.
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