Staff Pride Network

Staff Pride Network

The Staff Pride Network is an inclusive network that serves as a resource for the rich diversity of LGBT+ employees across the institution, including PhD students who prefer to attend staff events. We strive to take an intersectional approach to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all people who self identify as part of LGBT+ communities, whether or not they are 'out' in the wider world, and to make LGBT+ issues more visible within the University environment. Different organisations use different acronyms to refer to specific groups, and terminology is always evolving. Our definition of LGBT+ includes, among others, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender fluid, intersex, non-binary, asexual, pansexual and polyamorous. It also includes all those individuals and communities whose sexuality or gender identity is a matter of shared personal, political and/or social experience, as well as those who are LGBT+ allies.

Staff Pride Network committee members at an event hosted by Waverley Care, holding a sign that reads "I'm wearing red for World Aids Day"

  The University of Edinburgh Staff Pride Network have had a long-standing relationship with Waverley Care, Scotland’s HIV and Hepatitis C charity. Cathy and Katie (members of the SPN committee) attended an event for supporters in October to learn more about the work of the charity to support those living with HIV in Scotland. We… Continue Reading World AIDS Day 2022: Why We’re Wearing Red and Fundraising for Waverley Care

Diagram illustrating the structure of the brain in mice and in humans

In this blog post, Professor Tara Spires-Jones (she/her) highlights how the lack of gender representation in neuroscience research is limiting medical progress: I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the importance of considering gender in neuroscience research. My day job is a dementia researcher. Our group is trying to understand the brain changes that cause… Continue Reading The importance of gender diversity in neuroscience research

University of Edinburgh Pride Progress lanyard

Due to a huge demand over the past few weeks for the new Pride Progress lanyard, we are already very low on supply. Another order has been placed and we hope to have more stock available from mid-October. Our merchandise request form is closed for the time being.   If you have submitted a request… Continue Reading Update on Availability of Pride Lanyards

Celebrate Pride with Mama G

A staff member was asking Jonathan yesterday about the controversy with ‘Drag Queen Story Time’ and telling him about their family’s positive experience, taking his daughter to Celebrate Pride With Mama G! at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Jonathan asked him if he would put it in an email for us to share with members… Continue Reading Celebrate Drag Queen Story Time with Edinburgh International Book Festival

Icons representing toilet facilities

Gender neutral toilets are bathrooms which can be used by anyone, regardless of gender. While anyone can use a gender neutral toilet, they are particularly important for trans and non-binary students and staff who may feel uncomfortable in or unable to use gendered bathrooms. The map below shows the locations of gender neutral toilets across… Continue Reading Gender Neutral Toilets

Progress flag stripes with ‘Staff Pride Network’ text, the University of Edinburgh logo, and 7 variations of the SPN logo depicting various LGBTQ+ community flags

SPN at Pride Edinburgh We invite members, allies and students to join us for the Pride Edinburgh March on Saturday 25 June! The SPN marching troupe will be meeting at 11:30 on the day at Levels Café on Holyrood Road. Speeches start at 12:30 and the march moves off at 13:00. If you can’t make… Continue Reading Join us at Edinburgh Pride 2022

  During Pride Month in particular, we’re glad to highlight opportunities for our members and allies to focus on LGBT+ inclusion in their work. Don’t forget that we can seize these opportunities all year round, not just in June! Check out the following recommendations for designing an inclusive survey, kindly provided by Ariadne Cass-Maran, Senior… Continue Reading Recommendations for Inclusive Data Collection

Proud Scotland Awards logo on a glittery multi-coloured background

Dear University of Edinburgh Staff Pride Network, I am contacting you to say thank you for everything you have done over the past year to celebrate, support and promote the LGBTQ+ community. As was stated during the awards ceremony, 2022 was probably the toughest year to select finalists and winners with over 1000 nominations being… Continue Reading A sincere thank you from Proud Scotland Awards 2022

White unisex t-shirt with University of Edinburgh crest on the front chest pocket area, and a large Staff Pride Network logo variation centred on the back. Seven flag variations shown.

Happy Pride Month 2022! To celebrate, the Staff Pride Network is offering a limited number of t-shirts for free to network members. We’ve got seven variations of the SPN logo available, representing a number of pride flags. Check out the t-shirt designs (image file on SharePoint) UPDATE 6 JUNE Please note that the following logo… Continue Reading Celebrate Pride Edinburgh 2022 with us in style!

Iona Abbey at Night

10 – 16 September: Students’ Week (title tbc) A week for students to experience life in the community, to share laughter and stories, to explore the island and to reflect on current concerns. This week is jointly led by Iona Community staff with staff and students from Glasgow and Edinburgh Universities and the Student Christian… Continue Reading Iona Community: Student Week this September with Mx Ashwin Africanus Thyssen

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