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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.

Year: 2023


In this post, Jonathan MacBride offers a review of creative events that he along with colleagues Jaime Prada and Katie Nicoll Baines organised during the LGBTQ+ History Month, these were supported by the Student-Staff Partnership fund. This post belongs to the Hot Topic series: Student Partnership Agreement 2023↗️. The original article appeared here: Edinburgh University… Continue Reading Creative events of the LGBTQ+ History Month: An SPA funded project

The horrific events of October 2023 continue to unfold in scenes of catastrophic violence and loss of life in Israel/Palestine. We recognise how the assault on and violation of Palestinian and Israeli life has produced anguish, grief and fear amongst all affected communities, and acknowledge the historical and ongoing causes. We are particularly alarmed by… Continue Reading A Collective Statement Calling on the University of Edinburgh to Protect Speech on Palestine, Address the Intimidation on Campus, and Cut University Links to Violence

Cisinformed: Disinformation and the Media War on Transgender Rights

The Staff Pride Network is honored to have hosted an insightful event featuring TJ Billard, who provided an in-depth analysis of the role media plays in perpetuating harmful stereotypes and disinformation. TJ Billard is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication at Northwestern University and Executive Director of the Center for Applied Transgender Studies… Continue Reading Understanding the Impact of Misinformation on Trans Lives

Bi+ Visibility Day, celebrated annually on September 23, serves as a cornerstone for acknowledging and honouring the diverse identities encompassed within the Bi+ umbrella*, which includes bisexual, biromantic, and other non-monosexual identities. It’s a day dedicated to fostering understanding, dispelling misconceptions, and encouraging discourse around bisexuality within and beyond LGBT+ spaces. At the University of… Continue Reading Highlighting Bi+ Visibility: A Glimpse into the Spectrum at the University of Edinburgh

anthropomorphic tree woman sculpture made from twigs wearing a crown made of flowers and leaves

Ever been in a debate where your opponent twists your words, attacks this distorted version, and then claims victory? Welcome to the world of straw man arguments! Today, we’re going to explore how this tactic is used within the gender critical movement. What’s a Straw Man Argument? Imagine you’re in a boxing ring, but instead… Continue Reading Decoding the Misrepresentations: A Look at Straw Man Arguments in the Gender Critical Movement

SPN NonBinary logo

Hello SPN members, This week, we’re celebrating Non-Binary Awareness Week, an important event that shines a spotlight on individuals who identify as non-binary. Non-binary is a term that refers to people whose gender is not completely and exclusively male or female. They can identify with not having gender at all, with both binary genders, with… Continue Reading Celebrating Non-Binary Awareness Week

Adult Human Female Billboard

Have you ever heard a phrase and felt like there was more to it than meets the eye? That’s the essence of a “dog whistle” – a term that’s been buzzing around a lot lately. But what exactly does it mean, and how does it relate to the gender critical movement? Let’s dive in! What’s… Continue Reading Decoding the Hidden Messages: A Look at Dog Whistles in the Gender Critical Movement


While SPN still tries to keep a stock of lanyards for giving out to members at events card services has taken over widescale distribution: Progress pride rainbow lanyards can be collected by staff at any IS Library Helpdesk including EdHelp Desks at Main Library and Kings Buildings. To see  all card help desks where lanyards… Continue Reading Where to get a rainbow/progress pride lanyard?

Edinburgh Pride March 2023 with SPN banner

Hello SPN Members, This June, we have a fantastic line-up of events to celebrate Pride Month. From discussions and seminars to performances and marches, there’s something for everyone. Here are the details: Queer Neurodivergence and Synesthesia: Podcast Discussion with Maike Engage in an enlightening discussion with Maike, a queer neurodivergent psychologist and synesthesia artist. Topics… Continue Reading Celebrating Pride: Exciting June Events

Edinburgh University Sports Union logo

In another exciting collaboration, our Social and Events Officer Jonathan MacBride and Neil Rankin, the Sports Coordinator (Volunteering & Participation), have put together a comprehensive survey to encourage greater participation in sport and active health within the Staff Pride Network. The survey is now open and will be accepting responses until the end of May.… Continue Reading Join the SPN/Sports Union Sport & Physical Activity Survey and Facility Tour


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