Gender & Sexuality
Would you like to talk to someone who understands?
SHOC prides itself on providing confidential, professional and safe spaces for all students. The Gender & Sexuality side of SHOC allows you the space to talk to someone who has an understanding of what it is may be like.
This page contains information about each of the appointments for this service as well as resources to use. By clicking on the 'book an appointment' button below you can make an appointment for one of the following:
- Queer support
- Women's support
- Men's support
Do you have questions about your own gender and sexuality? Would you like to talk to someone about connecting with others on campus? Have you felt discriminated against because you are a queer student? Do you want someone to talk to about this? We provide confidential and discrete support, helping to provide advocacy, counselling and general support to students on campus.
Why come and see a Gender & Sexuality Counsellor?
You will have the opportunity to someone who has a greater understanding of what it is like to be a queer student, and someone that you will not need to educate on queer topics and theories. Our qualified gender and sexuality specialist counsellor will work with you to achieve your goals in being successful at university and getting through the semester.
Possible topics that can be talked about with a Gender & Sexuality counsellor include:
- Learning more about your own gender, sexuality or relationship desires.
- Becoming more confident with your own gender, sexuality or relationship desires.
- Finding a balance with religion, culture and your own gender and/or sexuality.
- Preparing for and coming out to friends, family and acquaintances.
- Making new connections on campus and in the greater community.
- Looking to start dating, and/or being sexually active as a queer person.
- Strategies to manage homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.
- Feelings of discrimination in life or at university based off your gender, sexuality or relationship.
- Taking care of and maintaining your wellbeing as a queer student.
You are also welcome to talk about matters regarding your mental and/or physical health as well, though, you may be referred to another professional for additional care and support.
Have you got concerns that you would like to talk to someone about? Do you feel that you need to speak to another female about these issues for understanding and support? You can book a confidential appointment with the welfare advocate at SHOC, who is trained to support you in a range of areas.
Have you felt pressured and not sure who to talk to? Do you feel like you are not sure where to go or where to start? If you have ever felt like you need someone to speak with and listen, then you can at SHOC. SHOC have trained staff to help you with a variety of areeas that may be impacting you at the moment.
EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION About gender and sexuality
Do you have questions about gender and sexuality? Would you like to know more to support a friend who is struggling with their sexuality or being open about their sexuality? Would you like to learn how to be more inclusive in your general life? The resources below have been designed to help you get started in learning more about gender and sexuality.