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.

Author: Robert Court

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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

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

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

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

The Pride material "Grace Like Glitter" launch

Excerpt: You can’t get rid of glitter. It doesn’t matter whether you sprinkle it like fairy dust or send it in a card; whether you glitter-bomb as a protest or decorate your face with it at a festival. It doesn’t matter how the glitter got there in the first place – you can’t get rid… Continue Reading The Pride material “Grace Like Glitter” launch

Breathing Space: a week on Iona for LGTBQ+ folks and allies

spending time together, exploring their own identities and the Iona Community’s work for social justice. There’s plenty of time to discover community over meals, to laugh and relax outdoors, to engage in creative activities, to explore this beautiful island with its white sandy beaches and profusion of wildlife, to read or write in the library… Continue Reading Breathing Space: a week on Iona for LGTBQ+ folks and allies

Urzula Glienecke

Dear Members, Today we have an exciting and emotive message for you from Urzula Glienecke (she/her), Associate Chaplain and SPN volunteer:   I’m delighted to share some great news from the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Today it voted in favour of ‘same sex’ marriage. Many voices were saying: ‘At last!’ It has… Continue Reading A message for you from Urzula Glienecke (she/her), Associate Chaplain and SPN volunteer

This is to certify that the University of Edinburgh is a proud member of the Rainbow Enterprise Network. By joining, they have pledged to actively and positively promote equality, diversity and inclusion. Everyone is very welcome to use their spaces and services, including LGBTQ+ and intersectional communities. This is a safe place and they will… Continue Reading Officially a proud member of the Rainbow Enterprise Network

Grace Lavery at the Event

She’s the enfant terrible of Trans academia, described in her book as “the David Bowie of Californian English professors.” Grace Lavery is at the University of Edinburgh to promote her memoir, Please Miss: a heartbreaking work of staggering penis, and like Bowie, the book constitutes in its diversity of styles and switches of voice a marmite quality you’ll… Continue Reading Grace Lavery at the University of Edinburgh

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