A new service has been launched to support international LGBTIQ students studying at Brisbane universities.
When students move overseas to study it can be an exciting experience: learning a language, immersing themselves in a new culture, and making friends from all over the world.
But for international students identifying as LGBTIQ the experience can be a daunting and isolated one, particularly for those who are not out in their own country.
The new Rainbow Hub has been established to help create a safe and supportive environment for international students in Brisbane who identify as LGBTIQ and help them connect with local services and the wider community.
The initiative will be based at The Edge, a community space located within the State Library of Queensland. The Rainbow Hub will share the space with the existing Brisbane Student Hub.
The Hub will host fortnightly sessions every second Tuesday that aim to empower and support the international students, allowing them to meet, socialise and find the support they need to explore Brisbane through workshops, discussions and special guest events.
The concept of the LGBTIQ-specific service was formed by teachers and students at education provider Navitas in a bid to ensure every student has the best possible experience while in Australia.
The Rainbow Hub is also backed by English Australia, the peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia, and Open Doors Youth Service, a queer youth counselling organisation based in Brisbane.
For more details about the Rainbow Hub and its sessions, visit the Facebook page here.