Western Sydney University to march to the beat of ‘Pride Unlimited’ in this year’s Mardi Gras

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Western Sydney University students and staff will once again take part in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, being held on Saturday 5 March.

Following the success of the University's inaugural entry to Mardi Gras in 2015, this year's float theme is 'Pride Unlimited', and will see over 50 students and staff from across the University's Ally Network and Queer Collective march together in a group they have dubbed the 'Spirit Squad'.

Western Sydney University student Grant Murray, who is studying a Master of Teaching (Primary), says he is looking forward to being part of the University's float.

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A member of the University's Ally Network, he sometimes reflects on his high school days, and how he was bullied and often felt disengaged from his peers. He says the transition to university has been a lot easier, particularly due to the support of the Ally Network.

"My time at Western Sydney University has been a better experience. It has provided true acceptance, the opportunity to be at ease with my sexuality, and has been a source of great pride," says Mr Murray.

The Ally network is an endorsed group of staff and students who are committed to creating an inclusive and respectful culture at the University for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) community members.

To find out more about the Ally Network and Queer Collective visit the Ally website or the Queer Collective Facebook page (opens in a new window).


4 March 2016

Media Unit

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