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OUSA queer support co-ordinator Hahna Briggs said a range of events was being held this week, including ''rainbow'' self-defence classes, a tea party and a dance workshop.
Ms Briggs said it was important to make LGBT students feel welcome, as at times they could feel isolated on campus.
''They really need to find other people who may have had similar experiences to them.''
She said there had been a lot of progress in the way LGBT people were treated in New Zealand and on campus, but there was still room for improvement.
This was shown in a recent survey of University of Otago students, which found LGBT students experienced higher rates of harassment on campus and some students were afraid to disclose aspects of their identity for fear of discrimination.
''So there are still barriers to people being really open about who they are.''
UniQ president Adam Rance agreed progress needed to be made and said society needed to move beyond just tolerating people with different sexual orientations and gender identities.
''As soon as you really start to challenge people's ideas that's when people get defensive,'' he said.