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March 20, 2017

To kick off our monthly movie nights, UniQ screened the 2014 film Pride. We have done so the past two years. At UniQ, we’re big fans of the film’s core message: solidarity. Pride takes place at the dawn of neoliberalism, when Margaret “Fucking” Thatcher ruled the UK with an iron fist and waged a renewed […]

March 3, 2017

Last week, we gave a rundown of everything that is par for the course for UniQ during the year — UniQ 101 so to speak. This week, we can finally announce what out-of-the-ordinary (sort of like us) start-of-year activities we have in store for the rest of the month. Keep an eye out for us […]

February 26, 2017

Tēnā koutou katoa! Welcome to Te Whare Wānanga o te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui. We’re UniQ, your resident suppliers of queer* support, advocacy, and social services here at Victoria. We work for you to provide regular events, spaces, and services so that you can feel safe and supported during your time at university. […]

October 2, 2016

The personal is political and you cannot escape. The ideas we have in our head about what constitutes maleness and femaleness, as well as what constitutes ‘normal’, are all socially constructed (yes, all of them). When you get up in the morning, put on a skirt, and desperately try to find a husband before your […]

September 18, 2016

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This column discusses queer mental health and includes mentions of suicide and self-harm.   Your mind can be a dangerous place. In queer communities worldwide there is a  higher prevalence of mental illness than in their heterosexual counterparts. There are clear associations between sexual orientation / gender identity and increased rates of self-harm, anxiety, depression, […]

May 29, 2016

One of the best (read: worst) things about being visibly queer is the tirade of boring and generic street harrasment that must be endured. Yes, I know that this is not specific to queer people, and yes, I know that—as gender normative cis folk—my partner and I (sadly) get off pretty lightly. However presented here […]

May 15, 2016

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What happens when you have an agenda, then someone bigger and more powerful than you offers to help, but actually they end up shutting you out of the causes and communities you love? As it becomes more and more acceptable to be queer in society, capitalist entities are moving to cash in on the ‘queer […]

May 1, 2016

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Content Warning: this column refers to historical and current medicalisation of non-heterosexual identities, and some of the subsequent results.   Western (read: white, colonialist, heteronormative, patriarchal) culture has a long and sordid history of treating non-heterosexuality as an illness. In 1886, Richard von Krafft-Ebing described homosexuality as a “degenerative sickness” in his Psychopathia Sexualis. In […]

April 10, 2016

Queer people risk legal prosecution in 81 countries. In six of these countries (as well as parts of Nigeria and Somalia), the punishment is death. Imprisonment length in the remaining 75 countries ranges from indeterminate to life. Only 34 countries have legal recognition of some form of same-sex union (ranging from basic partnership rights to […]