The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Equalities and Advisory Group (LEAG) has its origins in a staff network set-up in 2009. The staff network, Out@UCL, was initially established as a networking group to allow staff who identified as LGBTQ to meet other staff within the UCL community with an aim to make LGBTQ equality a reality at UCL. After a series of networking events to publicise the existence of the group, we established a formalised steering committee, LEAG.
UCL’s LGBTQ Equality Advisory Group is open to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer staff and those interested in promoting LGBTQ equality at UCL.
The group is an advisory body that will:
Promote positive attitudes towards LGBTQ people and raise the profile of LGBTQ equality across the university;
Promote recognition and awareness of discrimination facing LGBTQ staff and address any inequalities locally and internationally.
Ensure issues of sexual orientation and gender identity are integrated into the UCL Equalities and Diversity Strategy and report on progress to the UCL Equalities and Diversity Committee (EDC) and other relevant UCL committees and groups, as necessary;
Consider the impact of legislation on UCL policies, procedures and practices as they relate to issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, both in the UK and Internationally.
Identify any employment issues, policies, or practices that adversely affect LGBTQ staff and highlight to relevant bodies;
Liaise with other universities with a view to sharing resources and/or ideas regarding issues of sexual orientation and gender identity;
Act as an advisory body to UCL on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity and work with UCL to promote best practice for supporting LGBTQ staff and students working internationally.