To provide an inclusive, safe, fun, engaging campus environment, and bring representation to students of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, and biological sex at the University of South Australia.
The University of South Australia Rainbow Club was established in 2011 as UniSA Pride - a small social group for queer students to get together, chat, eat and play games. After a period of inactivity, it was revived in late 2015 as the Rainbow Club. With a small but dedicated committee, and some lofty goals, we’re building our reputation as a club that wants to improve queer student services and events at the University of South Australia.
What we do
Our close links with many queer groups and services throughout Australia enable us to provide a variety of opportunities. We hold events such as sexual health stalls, competitions, bake sales, see performances, march at rallies, promote awareness days, and participate in community workshops. Our executive committee attend conferences, and regular meetings with university staff. We also collaborate with the University of Adelaide Pride Club and the Flinders University Queer Society to jointly organise and fund events such as Pride Fest and Queer Ball.
What do we want?
We're committed to lobbying for better queer student services at the University of South Australia. These include:
❤️ A Queer Officer on the USASA Board
💛 A safe space on-campus for queer students and staff to relax in an embracing environment
💚 Easier access to relevant community agencies, high-quality counselling, and freely-available sexual health information
💙 Inclusive university policies to protect students and staff from discrimination
💜 The establishment of an Ally Network of queer-friendly staff members who can provide support to queer-identifying students
We're run by queer students, so we understand the sensitive nature of the issues that you may have experienced such as:
❤️ Coming out as queer-identified
💛 Finding like-minded friends
💚 Personal, moral, and religious conflict
💙 Questioning your gender identity and sexuality
💜 Relationship challenges
We can provide a connection to appropriate counselling services. If you'd rather not go through the counselling process, then we are happy to answer queries and concerns via email or Facebook. We understand that not everyone would like to be personally identified for a number of reasons; your identity will be kept a secret. A useful list of university and external services are provided in our brochures downloadable here (also available in Arabic, Mandarin and Spanish).
Want to join our club?
Membership is free and open to both UniSA and non-UniSA students. Just make a USASA account on this website, and click the blue 'Join or Renew' box near the top right corner of this page. Come along to our executive committee meetings with ideas and suggestions, or join our volunteer group though our Facebook page. We hold our Annual General Meeting in March, where we elect our executive committee for the year.
If you’re not open about your sexuality or gender identity, but would like to be part of our online community, we have a secret Facebook group. Just message our Facebook page to join.
We are proudly supported by SAMESH and Shine SA
Logo designed by David Adams