Approximately one thousand copies of a queer-themed edition of Honi Soit were maliciously removed from stands across campus on Tuesday, 16 May. The edition, produced by the Queer Action Collective (QuAC), is titled Fagi Soit.
The University of Sydney Library is dismayed to learn that these acts of censorship and bigotry occurred in our spaces. We stand in solidarity with the creators of Fagi Soit, whose freedom of expression has been suppressed, and extend our sympathy to any LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and community members that have found this incident distressing. We reaffirm our commitment to supporting free and equitable access to information and to making the Library a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQIA+ people. The Library has worked in partnership with the Student Representative Council over many decades to preserve Honi Soit for perpetuity, and we hold both print and digital copies within our collection.
To learn more about this incident and to read Fagi Soit online:
For those wishing to show their support for the queer community on campus:
- Attend the speak-out called by QuAC at 12pm Thursday 25 May on the Law lawns on Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus.
For those feeling distressed and seeking support in the wake of this incident:
- Contact the Library’s LGBTQIA+ Liaison Officers: James Hannigan (he/him) and Caitlin Erbacher (she/her)—at email@example.com
- The University has free counselling and mental health support available for students
- The University has free counselling, coaching, and support available through the Employee Assistance Program for staff
- The Library’s commitment to providing a safe, inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ people
- Resources for LGBTQIA+ students and staff at the University of Sydney