Whatever your sexual orientation, be yourself and help ensure the UCL community is inclusive and open to all.
UCL has a long history of diversity and ensuring equal opportunities for all, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or another sexual minority.
On this page:
- Students' Union UCL LGBT+ Students' Network
- UCL Trans Network
- Transitioning gender
- LGBTQ+ allies
- Further resources
One of the Students' Union UCL Liberation Networks, this network supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex and/or asexual students during their time at university. It also helps students interested in LGBTQ+ issues to meet like-minded people and groups in the university and across London.
The UCL Trans Network is an informal network for everyone at UCL who identifies as trans (this includes non-binary, genderqueer & all other identities not identical with the gender assigned at birth). It is a space for trans staff & students at UCL to connect and find peer support across UCL, as well as put on in-person socials and trips to Pride events.
If you’re trans and would like to be a part of the network, please join via Microsoft Teams.
If you identify as trans and are considering or are already in the process of transitioning gender, please get in touch with us. We can talk you through any steps that you or UCL may need to take to support your transition, and we can provide additional support if you need it.
An "ally" is someone who is a supporter and/or advocate for LGBTQ+ people. It is most commonly used to refer to heterosexual people (a "straight ally"), but also encompasses LGBTQ+ people who support each other.
If you'd like to know more about how you can be an ally to lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer friends and support the LGBTQ+ community, read our article on 7 ways to be a better ally.
UCL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Information on institutional LGBTQ+ equality initiatives from UCL's central Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team.
Some of the organisations listed below may be helpful to students who identify as LGBTQ+ or those who are interested in exploring LGBTQ+ issues and identities.
MindOut's online support service is an instant message service that is confidential, non-judgemental and anonymous. Open most evenings from 5:30-7:30pm, and on Sundays from 2-4pm, with additional hours most days.
The service is run by trained Online Support workers and mental health advocates who are ready to provide emotional support, information or signpost you in the right direction.
If you are in a crisis or in need of urgent support our online support service can:
- Listen to how you are feeling, without any judgement and without forcing unwanted advice or opinions
- Help you to think about ways to stay safe and develop coping strategies, if this is what you want
- Help you look for support and explore these options, if this is what you want
A web resource that provides information and support to people facing substance use disorders especially within the LGBTQ+ community.
A resource listing a variety of community and support organisations for bisexual people.
Everyone Is Gay
An informative and light-hearted American website offering advice to LGBTQ+ youth.
A not-for-profit organisation aiming to increase understanding of gender diversity, which runs youth groups and a mentoring scheme for trans people aged 13 to 25.
An LGBTQ+ helpline based in London that can take calls from anywhere in the UK, available 10am to 11pm.
A peer support group for LGBTQ+ muslims that aims to help reconcile faith with sexuality and gender identity.
The UK's oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans charity, supporting the health and mental wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community in and around London.
Advice, support and information for LGBTQ+ people.
A website featuring real-life coming out stories from lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.
A nationwide LGBTQ+ rights charity, offering help and advice (if you are an international student, Stonewall can also connect you to LGBTQ+ groups and support in your home country).
Transgender Support Groups
A international directory of support groups for trans individuals and their families in multiple cities across 16 countries.
A comprehensive and regularly updated directory of trans+ support groups and resources available through the UK.