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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.

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Transitioning gender

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.

Read our policy on support for students transitioning gender. 

LGBTQ+ allies

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.  

Further resources

Students' Union LGBT+ Students' Network 

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.

Read more about the Network. 

UCL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Information on institutional LGBTQ+ equality initiatives from UCL's central Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team.

Read more about these initiatives. 

External organisations

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. 

DrugRehab.com

A web resource that provides information and support to people facing substance use disorders especially within the LGBTQ+ community.

Visit DrugRehab.com.

Bi.org

A resource listing a variety of community and support organisations for bisexual people.

Visit Bi.org.

Everyone Is Gay

An informative and light-hearted American website offering advice to LGBTQ+ youth.

Find out more about Everyone Is Gay.

Gendered Intelligence 

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.

Find out more about Gendered Intelligence.

Switchboard 

An LGBTQ+ helpline based in London that can take calls from anywhere in the UK, available 10am to 11pm.

Find out more about Switchboard.

IMMAN 

A peer support group for LGBTQ+ muslims that aims to help reconcile faith with sexuality and gender identity.

Find out more about IMMAN.

London Friend 

The UK's oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans charity, supporting the health and mental wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community in and around London.

Find out more about London Friend.

LGBT Foundation 

Advice, support and information for LGBTQ+ people.

Find out more about the LGBT Foundation.

Queer Youth Network 

The UK's alliance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other gender/sexual minority young people.

Find out more about the Queer Youth Network.

RUComingOut 

A website featuring real-life coming out stories from lesbian, gay, bi and trans people.

Find out more about RUComingOut.

Stonewall 

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). UCL is a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme.

Find out more about Stonewall.

Transgender Support Groups 

A international directory of support groups for trans individuals and their families in multiple cities across 16 countries.

Find out more about Transgender Support Groups.