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Rainbow HACSU


Every worker is entitled to be safe and secure at work - but we know that many LGBTIQA+ workers don't feel safe or accepted at work. 

53% of LGBTIQA+ workers have seen or experienced homophobia at work. Many LGBTIQA+ workers are not out at work because it doesn't feel safe to be. For some out LGBTIQA+ workers, it feels like you're the only one - and that's super isolating.

The LGBTIQA+ Worker's Network is a fun, welcoming space for all LGBTIQA+ workers to come together and meet each other, to share experiences of what it's like being LGBTIQA+ in your workplace  - spoiler: sometimes it sucks -  and to work together to stand up and fight back for your workplace rights. 

Join us for our very first meeting to meet new people, have a chat about the daily microagressions you face at work (we know they exist) and get a sneak peek at what our  Official Launch Party  will look like and how you can get involved!

The LGBTIQA+ Worker's Network is an autonomous group, meaning it is an LGBTIQA+ only space. If you identify as LGBTIQA+ and are currently working in, have recently been working in, or are actively looking for paid employment, this is  your  space. 

RSVP here.


Sign up to the Rainbow HACSU email list to know what's going on!

What is Rainbow HACSU?

Rainbow HACSU is a collective of HACSU members who support equality for the LGBTIQ community. HACSU members who identify as LGBTIQ and allies can join.

When did it start?

HACSU has been involved with union movement wide activism on social justice issues since our foundation. In 2017, several HACSU members and staff organised the first LGBTI committee meeting and when the marriage equality postal survey happened - HACSU members came together to turn out the vote and fight for equality. 

How can I get involved?

  1. Sign up to the mailing list  
  2. Join the Facebook group   to engage in discussions to plan activities and share learnings with fellow HACU members
  3. Contact to suggest who you would like to learn from, or a topic you';d like to learn more about, in our upcoming learning workshops!

Later in 2018 you can come to an activist meeting, take action in your workplace or take part in a webinar to learn more about how you can be inclusive in your workplace for LGBTIQ workmates and the clients we support. You can take the survey to share what you'd like Rainbow HACSU to focus on and facilitate in 2018 here .

To know what's going on sign up to the Rainbow HACSU mailing list or get in touch with Rainbow HACSU organisers Amy or Will.

We celebrated a big first year at the 2017 Rainbow HACSU End of Year Picnic

Useful resources about LGBTIQ inclusion

Basic information about the LGBTIQ Community:

Face the Facts: Australian Human Rights Commission

An infographic of facts and figures on the LGBTIQ experience in  Australia .

About being "out" at work:

Nancy Podcast - Out at Work episode

An American perspective.

What do the all the different words mean?

Minister for Equality's Inclusive Language Guide

The Victorian Government's plain language guide to using the right words / inclusive language

101 Explainer Videos about Transgender issues


"Ask a Trans Man" with Scott Turner Schofield 


Intersex for Allies

From the International Intersex Organisation


About being LGBTIQ and having a disability

Institutionalized Queers: 
Homosexuality in Residential Facilities for People with Cognitive Disabilities

2006 Academic Article from Germany.


About being LGBTIQ and being a mental health consumer

Coming soon


Share resources you think HACSU members should know about by contacting Amy Jenkins, Rainbow HACSU Organiser: amyj[at]

Rainbow HACSU Contacts: 

Amy Jenkins:  Media & Communications Officer / Rainbow HACSU Organiser


Will Elrick: HACSU Area Organiser  /  Rainbow HACSU Organiser