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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.

Pride Events 2024

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
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Here we will try to list all the events happening for Pride in and around the University (please check back for updates):

May

  1. Staff Pride Network BioQuarter Coffee & Cake Social
  2. Staff Pride Network Central Coffee & Cake

June

  1. Poetry Workshop
  2. Staff Pride Network Evening Social
  3. Little France Pride March and Information FairLittle France Pride 14th June 2pm
    1. Poster: Little France Pride
    2. Date: 14th June 2024
    3. Time: March at 14:00, Information Fair from 13:30 to 15:30
    4. Details:
      • Wellness Walk: Undertaken by the staff and students of Little France to celebrate the LGBTI+ community.
      • Information Fair: Held in the Chancellor’s Building.
      • Free Smoothie: Available for participants (limited availability).
      • Meeting Point: In front of Chancellor’s Building.
  4. Staff Pride Network Holyrood Coffee & Cake
    • Date: 18th June 2024
    • Time: 13:00 – 14:00 BST
    • Details: Coffee and cake social event at Holyrood organized by the Staff Pride Network. This event will run every third Tuesday of the month.
    • Link: Staff Pride Network Holyrood Coffee & Cake
  5. Staff Pride Network Kings Buildings Coffee & Cake
  6. Queer Ceilidh
    • Date: 20th June 2024
    • Details: An exciting event organized for Postgrad and PhD students to celebrate and engage with the LGBT+ community. Hosted by the Edinburgh University Students’ Association.
    • Link: The Queer Student Ceilidh
  7. Edinburgh Pride Festival
    • Date: 22nd June 2024
    • Details: A celebration of the LGBT+ community with various events including a parade, performances, and community activities.
    • Location: Various locations across Edinburgh.
    • Additional Info: For more information, visit Edinburgh Pride Official Website.
  8. BioQuarter Pride Month Showcase & Coffee & Cake Social
    • Date: 25th June 2024
    • Time: Seminar from 12:30 to 13:40 BST, followed by Coffee & Cake Social at 13:40 BST
    • Location: Usher Seminar One, The Usher Building, Edinburgh BioQuarter
    • Details: An afternoon of talks on LGBT+ history and sociology, followed by an informal social in the Usher 1898 Cafe.
    • Speakers:
      • Andrew Gardiner, Senior Lecturer, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
      • Chase Ledin, Lecturer, Usher Institute
      • Bethany Parsons, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Corporate Services Group

      Pride Month Showcase

    • Link: Staff Pride Network BioQuarter Coffee & Cake Social
  9. Staff Pride Network Central Coffee & Cake
  10. Staff Pride Network Trans and Non-Binary Meetup

July

  • Staff Pride Network Evening Social

Is there any other information or events you’d like to include? Please get in touch StaffPrideNetwork@ed.ac.uk

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