LGBTI students at La Trobe University’s Bendigo campus kicked off their very first Pride Day this week with the raising of a rainbow flag on Monday.

Students had access to stalls and guest speakers at the campus as well Bollywood dancing and a welcome to country by Indigenous didgeridoo soloist Ron Murray.

Local student David Bell, 21, said he only came out this year and felt comfortable at La Trobe.

“Coming out was one of the most difficult things I have done and having this environment that is so supportive, now I look back and wonder what it was all about,” he said.

President of the student’s Sexuality, Acceptance, Freedom, Equality (SAFE) group, Tennille Porter, said it was exciting to see the university take a step towards something new and different for Bendigo.

The day was organised by the ALLY Network, Queer Chat Group and Counselling Service Queer Programs.

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