Ally training

An ally is someone who helps and supports someone else. An ally is someone who works across their own identities, communities and experiences to support social justice.

Free ally training for ANU students is offered several times throughout the year. Please click the link on top right to register online. ANU staff members can register for Ally training through HORUS. 


Allies are not experts about matters of sexuality and gender identity - they are people who strongly support making ANU an environment where all students can safely study free of harassment or discrimination.

In particular, an Ally understands the reasons why many transgender, bisexual, gay, lesbian or intersex people are fearful of being harassed or discriminated against, and why it is important to have allies who are prepared to speak out on their behalf or advocate alongside them. Having trained allies helps create a network of support across the University.

Allies undertake a voluntary role knowing that their contribution helps make ANU a better place to work and study for everyone. An ANU Ally is expected to:

  • Be a role model for the University community through their behaviour and language.
  • Raise the visibility of the ANU Ally Network by placing posters in suitable areas and displaying their Ally sign in their work area.
  • Provide a confidential and safe environment for people to make enquiries about issues related to LGBTIQ+ matters.
  • Provide information and appropriate referral.
  • Proactively address homophobic or heterosexist behaviour in the workplace.
  • Actively seek to extend their own knowledge and understanding about the issues.


Sometimes acronyms are a confusing mix of letters and we are not always aware of what they mean individually. Below is an explanation of the letters in LGBTIQ+. It is also intended to capture diverse sexualities and gender identities, including (but not limited to) people who are agender, non-binary, gender fluid, asexual and pansexual, as well as individuals who prefer to use specialised personal terms to describe their own sex, gender or sexuality.

L - Lesbian: A female/woman who has significant romantic or sexual attractions primarily to members of the same gender or sex.

G - Gay: A person who has significant romantic or sexual attractions primarily to members of the same gender or sex. Commonly associated with male identified persons.

B - Bisexual: A person with the potential to be attracted, romantically and sexually, to people of more than one sex or gender, not necessarily at the same time, not necessarily in the same way, and not necessarily to the same degree.

T - Transgender: A broad term for those whose gender identity or gender expression is not congruent with the gender they were assigned at birth and/or whose gender is not validated by the dominant culture.

I - Intersex: A general term used for a variety of conditions in which a person is born with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit the typical definitions of female or male.

Q - Queer: Reclaimed derogatory slang for the gender and sexual minority communities. Not accepted by all who identify as a gender or sexual minority.

Wear it Purple Day 2020

As part of our ongoing commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive workplace at ANU, we encourage you and your teams, on Friday the 28th of August 2020, to recognise and celebrate Wear It Purple Day.  

Wear it Purple Day is an important day for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Asexual and all identities (LGBTIQ+), students and staff members on campus and this is a great opportunity to get involved. 

The Wear it Purple Day Theme of 2020 is 'We Are the Change!'. 

This theme encourages every one of us to stand up and take action against adversity and marginalisation, and to work towards implementing productive and inclusive changes in our communities.

How to get involved:

  • Complete the 2020 Wear It Purple Learning Challenge - this is a week of learning opportunities including videos and articles which teams and individuals can complete.  After completing the challenge, individuals can enter the competition to win an Ally t-shirt. 
  • Download the Facebook banner or Zoom background from the Wear It Purple Day 2020 Resources tab on 
  • Tag a photo of yourself wearing purple or using a purple background on social media using the #wearitpurpleANU, and winners drawn at random will receive an Ally t-shirt.