- What is Out@UCL?
Out @UCL is a staff social network and is a way for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) staff at UCL to get to know each other and take part in social events. The group was set up in July 2009 as some LGBT staff considered that, in an organisation as big as UCL, it was difficult to get to know people in other departments, especially other LGBT people.
- What does the network do?
The group networks through lunches and evening events. There is also an email group for members to communicate virtually and share information about LGBT-related events, publications and news stories. For more information see the flyer for the group.
- Is this the same as the LGBTQ+ Equality Advisory Group?
No, the LGBT+ equality group is a policy group which meets every couple of months to discuss how to implement equalities legislation in the workplace and promote LGBT equality. Visit the LGBTQ+ Equality Advisory Group page for more information.
- How do I become a member?
If you would like to become a member of the network then send an introductory email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Freedom of expression is the international theme of this year's IDAHOBIT, set against a background of repression of freedom of expression for LGBT+ people through new laws, as in Russia and Uganda, and a climate of fear in others. Out@UCL, the UCL LGBT+ Staff Network, asked UCL staff and students: what does freedom of expression mean to you? Click on the link above to see their responses.
Watch 'Beefcake: gay men and the body beautiful' here: http://youtu.be/fyBcXKbFXt8
Listen to 'Alan Turing, a broken heart, and the invention of the computer' here: http://soundcloud.com/uclsound/turing-lecture
Out @UCL has developed a network to give LGBTQ+ staff students and visitors an inclusive environment. To find out more, visit the Friends of Out@UCL page.
LEAG Statement: Message from the Co-Chairs. November 2018
Over the past year LEAG (UCL’s LGBTQ+ Equality Advisory Group) has become increasingly aware of the media interest and commentary surrounding the identities of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. Most recently this has manifested itself as the controversy over the UK government’s consultation on proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act 2014.
LEAG would like to take this opportunity to reiterate our support for the transgender and gender non-conforming community, both at UCL and beyond.
We recognise the pain and fear the attacks on your very being may have brought upon you.
We will stand by you, with you and for you - to champion your rights to live a life of dignity, free of bullying and harassment, with equal access of opportunities in all areas of society.
You are a valued and essential part of our LGBTQ+ community – without you, we cease to exist.
On the 20th November at 2pm, we invite the entire UCL community to gather in the South Cloisters (Wilkins Building) to stand in solidarity with the transgender and non-binary community.
Over recent years, we have worked hard to promote positive attitudes towards the LGBTQ+ community and to create an environment of inclusion and acceptance within UCL, where everybody is free to be themselves.
In 2016, we launched the Friends of Out@UCL allies network. With over 100 members, including academics and professional services staff, this community of allies have agreed to visibly demonstrate their support for UCL’s LGBTQ+ staff and student community by displaying the ‘Friend of Out@UCL’ sticker on their door, laptop or wall.
We have delivered a number of Friends of Out@UCL ally training sessions, empowering UCL staff members to challenge behavior and language that is offensive to LGBTQ+ people and to raise awareness of transgender and non-binary identities.
In 2017, we obtained statements from each of the Faculty Deans, Vice-Provosts, Directors of Professional Services, the Chair of UCL Council and UCL President and Provost, explicitly expressing their support for UCL’s LGBTQ+ community.
In collaboration with LEAG, the UCL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team developed a policy for supporting trans staff in the workplace that was heralded by Stonewall as an example of best practice. UCL also has comprehensive policy and guidance for trans students during their studies.
We work closely with UCL’s LGBTQ+ research network, qUCL, which is an incredible resource, engaging staff, students and the wider community with issues surrounding sexuality and gender on a regular basis.
Finally in July 2018, the transgender pride flag was flown on the UCL portico in solidarity with UCL's transgender and non-binary community. The flag will be flown again during Trans Awareness week in mid-November and on Transgender Day of Remembrance on the 20th November.
And we will continue.
By standing together and visibly demonstrating our support, we can tell the world that the rights of transgender and non-binary people are unassailable. Please join us.
Let us know if you can attend on the 20th November or if you’d like to be involved by emailing email@example.com.
Anne Moore & Sandy Kutty (on behalf of UCL LEAG)
UCL LGBTQ+ Equality Advisory Group & Out@UCL
UCL LGBT staff website: www.ucl.ac.uk/lgbt