New! LGBT Magazine Archive

I’m happy to let you know that the Library now has access to the LGBT Magazine Archive from ProQuest until 31st December 2021. This primary source database is a searchable archive of major periodicals devoted to LGBT+ interests, dating from the 1950s through to recent years.

You can access the LGBT Magazine Archive via the Newspapers, Magazines and Other News Sources guide. Or you can access it via the Databases A-Z list. Individual magazine titles will be added to DiscoverEd this week.

The archives of magazines serving LGBT+ communities are of central importance for research into LGBT history, often being the principal sources for the documentation of gay cultures, lives, and events. Researchers consulting these publications may trace the history and evolution of myriad aspects of LGBT history and culture, including legal contexts, health, lifestyle, politics, social attitudes, activism, gay rights, and arts/literature. Despite the value of these publications for research, however, locating the backfiles in print format has been difficult for researchers as they have not typically been collected by libraries.

Front cover of The Pink Paper, 22 July 1989. From LGBT Magazine Archive. © Condé Nast

The archives of leading but previously hard-to-find magazines are included in LGBT Magazine Archive, including many of the longest-running, most influential publications of this type. This includes the pre-eminent US and UK titles – The Advocate and Gay News and its successor publication Gay Times, respectively. As well as titles such as The Pink Paper, Just for Us and Transgender Tapestry.

LGBT Magazine Archive provides indispensable material for dedicated LGBT studies and broader gender/sexuality research, while also catering to interests in many related fields, such as 20th-century history, sociology, health studies, political science, and psychology.

You can access the LGBT Magazine Archive via the Newspapers, Magazines and Other News Sources guide. Or you can access it via the Databases A-Z list. Individual magazine titles will be added to DiscoverEd this week.

You can find more databases and other resources related to LGBT+ and gender studies on the Gender Studies guide.

We have access to LGBT Magazine Archive via a larger subscription deal with ProQuest that is active until 31st December 2021. More information about the huge range of resources that will become available through this deal is coming soon!

Access is only available to current students and staff at the University of Edinburgh.

Caroline Stirling – Academic Support Librarian for School of Social and Political Science

[Originally posted: http://libraryblogs.is.ed.ac.uk/spslibrarian/2020/06/15/new-lgbt-magazine-archive/]

Staff Pride Network Newsletter – Issue 9

Staff Pride Network Newsletter – Issue 9
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Welcome to the May 2020 edition of the
Staff Pride Network newsletter

Dear Members,

Welcome to newsletter 9, packed with diverse articles and links to LGBT+ History Month event (subtitled) videos on our new Youtube channel. In these turbulent times, we hope you have found comfort and enjoyment in our virtual social events, emails, Twitter and Facebook. Katie and I are pleased to have been included in virtual meetings of the new University Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee. In February, the 2020 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index placed UoE at 132 out of 500 organisations: a rise of 200 places in 4 years, in large part thanks to SPN volunteers. If you’d like to help make this a better place for LGBT+ people to work and study, we’d love you to contribute your skills and experience.

Best wishes,

Jonathan (he/him) & Katie (she/her)
Co-Chairs, Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ colleagues & allies

Virtual Socials

This is a regular weekly Wednesday lunchtime coffee meetup 1-2 pm & also the first Friday of the month our evening social event (BYOB) 6:30 pm – late. Find out more…

Body Clock Flow (Online Yoga Class)

Mon, 25 May 2020 13:00–14:00
The Body Clock Flow is a sequence of Qi Kung movements and is a practice using the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine in an easy to learn form. We hope you enjoy this introductory session and we hope to run more opportunities to practice Yoga and Qi Kung with Allison in future. More Details…


LGBTQ+ Resources During COVID-19

We have compiled a shortlist of other groups also providing support and events during this difficult time. Find Out More… 

A welcome message from our new Events Officer David

Meet David, SPN’s new Events Officer.  Find out about his background and interests, then join the Events Team! Read More…

Lesbian Visibility

In lieu of any formal events to celebrate Lesbian Visibility Week, one of our Co-Chairs and Bi Rep, Katie, and our Book Group Coordinator, Anna have had a [online] discussion about what it means to Anna to be visible as a lesbian. Read it here…
Anna also compiled a list of books that she recommends either by lesbian authors, with lesbian characters, or both: Shining a Light on Lesbian Authors

LGBT+ History Month 

Our first event in Feb was a panel discussion marking 20 years since the repeal of Section 28/Clause 2a and how experiences have changed in education with a particular focus on young trans students’ experiences.

Watch the event here…       As well as a powerful response to the event here. 

We were delighted to host a workshop and discussion with Bob & Sigrid. Lavender Menace Returns hopes to create an archive and database of the classic LGBT+ literature we knew best. They want to also include LGBT+ writing of today to form one body of work telling the story of our community – and our demand for equality and honesty. Watch the full event here…

Due to planned strike action our planned conference We Are Human: Personal Stories of LGBTQ+ Identities and Intersection was postponed and may now have to move online. News to follow…

International Transgender Day of Visibility

Since it was founded in 2009, International Transgender Day of Visibility has been dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of the discrimination faced by trans people worldwide as well as their contributions to society.
In light of the current covid-19 pandemic we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the ways in which the trans community are being specifically impacted by this crisis. Read more…

We also recommend this moving blog post by SPN’s Gina:

Sterile like the moon: the joys of transgender healthcare

Great news from Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at HR

We are delighted to let you know that we have developed new, simplified HR processes for changes of name and gender details in staff records. The new processes remove the need for staff to produce documentary evidence and ensure that important information is provided to staff when requesting changes to their HR record.
We believe we are the only HEI to take this bold approach to support staff who cannot, or are not yet ready to make formal changes to their personal details. This work will be used to inform a future review of the Trans Equality policy, and we will continue to review our processes to ensure we are a good employer for trans people.
Very many thanks to trans colleagues who provided input to this!


The LGBT+ Network of Networks in Higher Education (@LGBTNoNHE) have an initiative to showcase the talents and skills of members, and to bring joy to LGBT+ communities during the current testing time.

Enjoy the talents of Staff Pride Network Meeting Secretary Derek Williams and his improvisation on piano of The Village People’s YMCA and Macho Man.

The University’s Mackenzie Medical Centre has been awarded a gold accreditation by the LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice. Read more…

SPN Register of Expertise

The Staff Pride Network is creating a subject specialist database bringing together scholars – PhD students, early career researchers, and established academics – working on LGBTQIA+ topics, reflecting the combined strength of the University of Edinburgh expertise in the field.

New online equality, diversity and inclusion training modules

We are pleased to announce the launch of new online equality, diversity and inclusion training modules:

  • Equality and Diversity Essentials
  • Challenging Unconscious Bias
  • Introducing Equality Impact Assessment
  • Recruitment and Selection Essentials

The four new modules are self-enrollment courses and sit on the University’s LEARN platform and can be carried out at your own pace.

All staff are strongly encouraged to complete the training and for all those involved in recruitment and promotion, completion of the Challenging Unconscious Bias training is mandatory.

Exciting News from Queen Margaret University

Kitty has just restarted the QMU LGBT+ Staff Network and we look forward to future collaborations.  Read all about it…

Welcome to:
Like the sister project Evidence Base, led by the University of Edinburgh, STEM Equals at the University of Strathclyde is one of eleven EPSRC funded projects under the Inclusion Matters initiative. Further Details…
The Book of Queer Prophets, 24 short stories on sexuality and religion curated by former Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt, will be published on 28th May. Click here for a review and an opportunity to access a preview copy…


Chase the Rainbow

Painted rainbow in window

With social distancing and lots of places including many schools closing because of coronavirus, children are connecting with each other by painting colourful rainbows and putting them in their windows for others to see.

It’s thought the rainbow trend started in Italy but has rapidly caught on in other countries including the US, Canada, Spain and now the UK.

Stay safe and well,


University medical centre achieves LGBT Pride in Practice gold award

The University’s Mackenzie Medical Centre has been awarded a gold accreditation by the LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice.

Pride in Practice, a quality assurance support service, is endorsed by the Royal College of GPs and aims to strengthen and develop the Primary Care Services relationship with LGBT patients.

The Mackenzie Medical Centre have been working with Pride in Practice to implement changes to current processes and deliver staff training around how to effectively and confidently meet the needs of LGBT patients.

After completing a focused self-assessment, the centre successfully achieved the gold award, which demonstrates the practice’s commitment to ensuring a fully-inclusive patient centred service for the LGBT community.

As a University owned practice we thought it was really important to meet the needs of our varied practice population. Many LGBT patients can tell a story of a difficult health encounter they have had around their gender or sexuality. Following our Pride in Practice training, the entire team at Mackenzie Medical Centre (administrative staff, nurses and doctors) aim to ensure that is not the experience here.

Hilary Young, GP at the Mackenzie Medical Centre

The Mackenzie Medical Centre has demonstrated great commitment to improving processes to promote equality and inclusion for LGBT patients, showing how working in partnership and with all staff can really bring about change.

Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley, University-wide Lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Find out more about Pride in Practice 

Location of the MacKenzie Medical Centre



Staff Pride Network Newsletter – Issue 7

Staff Pride Network Newsletter – Issue 7
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Welcome to the May 2019 edition of the
Staff Pride Network newsletter

Dear Members

We have been busy since our last newsletter and hopefully you’ve kept an eye on our emails, come to our events and enjoyed wearing our SPN-designed rainbow lanyards. Our members survey attracted lots of responses, love and suggestions for which we’re incredibly grateful – report below. Would you believe £9000 has been spent by a range of UoE departments/Schools on 7000 rainbow lanyards? To measure this impact, two MSc students conducted rainbow lanyard research and will present their fascinating results at an upcoming event, details TBC.

From SPN volunteers attending conferences by the UK Higher Education Network of LGBT+ Staff Networks (see Derek’s article) to hosting Edinburgh’s private, public & third sector LGBT+ staff networks’ committee members at our leaders’ breakfast, in partnership with Waverley Care, and arranging for the bi and trans flags to fly over Old College for the first ever times, we have been working with the University, with the PrideSoc student network, with our outgoing executive champion Jane Norman, to learn from others and extend our reach.

A huge thank you to our outgoing newsletter editor Jerrard and a warm welcome to the new newsletter team Caroline and Luís. Other recent additions to the SPN team include Tracy (Events), Justine (Twitter), with Katie, Edgar and Paul forming our new Research Team. If you are inspired by our activities and events, we’d love your help.

Please put up our new posters in your building to increase visibility. Colleagues still don’t know we exist and it’s only with your help that we can get the message out to all 15,000 of us that there is support here, people who believe in equality, diversity and inclusion. In these times where transphobia is constantly in the media, we need more than ever to support each other. Join us at Pride Edinburgh if you are able, LGBT+ colleagues and allies, and show your support.

Best wishes

Jonathan MacBride
Co-chair, Staff Pride Network

HESA data category to recognise non-binary identities

The University is required to submit statistical returns to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), and institutions are now able to report staff sex under three categories: ‘male’, ‘female’ and ‘other’. Read more… 


Staff Pride Network posters

Thank you if you have already put up Staff Pride Network posters around your building. Posters share our common message, and it would be great to have these displayed in all buildings around the University. Read more…

50 Years After Stonewall

Friday 7 June is the deadline to submit an abstract for the International Conference ’50 Years After Stonewall’ which will take place at the University of Edinburgh on 12 & 13 September 2019.  See full details on SharePoint.


Pride Edinburgh

Join us for the Pride Edinburgh march on Saturday 22 June.  If you wish to join us at this event, carry a placard or purchase a SPN t-shirt – check out our link below.

Staff Pride Edinburgh SPN information

Staff social gathering

The School of Informatics held its annual Jamboree on Friday 26th April. The day is a social gathering for staff and their families to come along and take part in a range of activities, with input from the Staff Pride Network.  Check out Carol’s feedback on the event…

Equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM
Evidence Base formed to promote and execute a systems based approach to understanding issues of equality, diversity and inclusion in STEM. Join us for the launch of our project on 21 June: “Growing the Big Grant Club”, which aims to research the under representation of women in the big grant club.

SPN survey feedback

The Staff Pride Network undertook this recent survey with the aim of improving our organisation and future events. Thank you for helping us learn by completing it. 80 people responded to the survey and answered 16 questions that touched upon attendance to events, the reasons why you find this network important, communication, approachability and representation. Learn more…

Promoting equality through sustainable procurement

UK public bodies collectively spend billions of pounds annually through purchasing with third party suppliers, and thus have a lot of potential influence with industry to promote equality and better working conditions. Peter shares feedback on the training he attended…

Sharing best practice in Higher Education

The LGBT+ Network of Networks in Higher Education (LGBT+NoNHE) works to support members to share, exchange and develop best practice regarding equality, diversity and inclusion in Higher Education. Read more…

Rainbow lanyards

Since the launch in LGBT+ History Month, February 2018, 7000 Rainbow Lanyards have been delivered to Schools and departments across the University. Standard RLs are available to anyone from the shop for £2. All colleagues can order standard and LGBT+ Ally lanyards from us via our order form.

SPN Blog

We now have a SPN blog as a new resource to feature our stories and news! If you have information you would like posted on the blog, please email the SPN.

SPN Blog

Body Beautiful: Diversity on the Catwalk
Further info
Date: now until 20 October 2019
Location: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Transgender Intersectional / International Conference 
Further info & tickets
Date: 28 & 29 May 2019
Location: Old Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh
Loud and Proud – Stonewall 50 Anniversary Concert
Date: Saturday 1 June 2019
Time: 19:30 – 21:30
Location: Stockbridge Parish Church, 7b Saxe Coburg Street, Edinburgh
Rally for Trans Solidarity 
Further information
Date: Wednesday 5 June 2019
Time: from 15.00
Location: George Square / Potterrow (see ‘Further information’ for details)
Evening Social 
Date: Friday 7June 2019
Time: 18.00 – 23:00
Location: Checkpoint, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh. EH1 1EY
Discussion about Queer Bookshops in Scotland 
Further info and tickets
Date: Tuesday 11 June 2019
Time: 18.00 – 20:00
Location: Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP
Central Coffee & Cake
Date: Wednesday 12 June 2019
Time: 13:00 – 14:00
Location: Cafe in Reception of the Bayes Centre (Behind Informatics Forum) EH8 9BT


Date: Wednesday 19 June 2019
Time: 13:10 – 14:00
Location: 7th Floor Cafe, Swann Building in the blue staff/PhD seating area, King’s Buildings
Book Group
Date: Thursday 20 June 2019
Time: 17:45 – 21:15
Location: St Andrews Brewing Company, Potterrow
Beyond Binaries in Sport 
Event flyer
Date: Friday 21 June 2019
Time: 13:30 – 14:30
Location: G.05, 50 George Square 
Pride Edinburgh march
Further information
Date: Saturday 22 June 2019
Time SPN gathering: 11.30
Location: Levels Cafe, Holyrood Road
WGH Coffee and Cake
Date: Thursday 27 June 2019
Time: 15:00 – 16:00
Location: Nucleus Cafe, Western General Hospital

Staff Pride Network Newsletter – Issue 5

Staff Pride Network Newsletter – Issue 5
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Welcome to the February 2018 edition of the
Staff Pride Network newsletter!

Happy LGBT+ History Month! As part of a diverse calendar of events (see the events section below for details), on Thursday 8 February we will launch our new official University of Edinburgh Rainbow Lanyards. This is a big step for the University – with funding from Communications & Marketing, we’ve decided on two designs for LGBT+ and Ally staff members. With such an obvious symbol, we can show to new staff, students, alumni and visitors that our workplace is inclusive, and our campuses can become walking rainbows! You can choose between the ‘University of Edinburgh’ or ‘University of Edinburgh LGBT+ Ally’ designs. Pick yours up at an event, or email us and we will send it to you in internal mail.

To reach out to the 13,000 staff across the University, we have ambitions to achieve SPN reps in every School or building, and Peter Tennant is leading this Site Rep project. Please read his introduction in this newsletter and email him if interested.

On a corporate level, we worked with Procurement to improve policy wording and they have now included a new ‘LGBT+ community benefit’ in their supplier contracts.

As well as the regular Central & KB lunchtime and evening socials and joint staff-student network monthly lunch, Gina organised a poignant event in November commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance and in December Remus organised collection boxes in Uni buildings and a World AIDS Day discussion on HIV stigma.

Finally I’d like to express my thanks to all the SPN volunteers for their time and dedication, resulting in the University rising 132 places in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index in the last year. At their Workplace Conference in November we were delighted to feature as a best practice example of a network starting up. We look forward to continuing our efforts to make the University an even more inclusive place to work and study.

Best wishes,
Jonathan MacBride
Co-chair, Staff Pride Network


Socials – Date change and call for venue suggestions

Our monthly socials now occur on the first Friday of every month. This is just to make things a bit more consistent, and keep us all on the same page! We hope you like the new venue at Checkpoint on Bristo Place, again fully accessible. Catch us there from 5.30 till late.

World AIDS Day fundraising

Huge congratulations to Remus Valsan who through his efforts managed to raise £94.01 for Waverley Care and £28.07 for the National AIDS Trust. Well done!

SPN Book Group

The SPN Book Group has now been meeting since October and we have a small group of passionate book readers choosing an eclectic mix of books. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at 6pm in the St Andrews Brewing Company on Potterrow (formerly The Potting Shed). Read more…

Take part in research on LGBT+ employees and business leaders

Do you want to contribute to the empowerment of LGBT+ people at work and in business? If so, now is your chance to take part in an exciting project that aims to do just that. Also you will have opportunity of winning a £50 love2shop voucher! Researchers at Aston University are conducting an online survey to better understand the psychological experiences of LGBT+ people within the workplace, either as employees or as owner-managers of a business/social enterprise. The survey takes around 15 to 20 minutes to complete and yourself as well as your employer/organisation will remain anonymous. The study is being funded by the British Academy and will be used to inform policies and practices surrounding LGBT+ inclusivity within workplaces as well as enabling the growth of LGBT+ entrepreneurs within the UK economy. For more details and to receive an online link to the survey, please click here.

LGBT+ Football 5-a-side

Edinburgh’s LGBT football team, HotScots FC are having a 5-a-side competition in February for LGBT History Month.

It is being held at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, on Saturday 17th February 2018, 1pm-4pm. There will be complimentary soup and sandwiches afterwards at the venue.

The fee for competition is £5 per player, and each team can have up to a maximum of 8 players. Get in touch with Stuart Mallen at Stuart.Mallen@ed.ac.uk if you’d like to participate.

Pride Saltire launch

The launch of Pride Saltire is only two weeks away! There will be much to do, with entertainment, a licenced social engagement bar, and joining in with the community and business fair, all held at the beautiful Cockenzie House in East Lothian. Keep an eye on the Pride Saltire Facebook and Twitter pages for more announcements to come.

LGBT+ British Muslims study

The Network has received a request from a PhD student examining psychological wellbeing, acculturation and identity amongst British Muslims of Pakistani heritage who have same-sex attraction. Read the full request.

Call for site rep volunteers

My name is Peter Tennant and as Site Rep Lead I’m looking for volunteers from across the University to be Site Reps for their area. The main purpose of the role is to help to promote the SPN and upcoming events, but also act as a local point of reference to feedback info and ideas. Based at the Western General campus, I am a post-doctoral researcher working on therapeutic gene editing and in my spare time I love to bake, but thankfully I’m also a keen runner. I am really excited to take on this lead role and hope that through recruiting Site Reps for all areas of the university, we can reach all LGBT+ colleagues and allies. I am passionate about ensuring that the great work the SPN does benefits all LGBT+ colleagues and allies, no matter where in the university they may be based. That’s why we need you. Remember this is your network, we want it to work for you!

If you wish to take part, please get in touch with me at Peter.Tennant@igmm.ed.ac.uk

Stonewall conference feedback

Carol Dow attended the Stonewall Conference alongside our co-chair Jonathan, and she had some notes to feed back on the sessions she attended. Read more…

Take part in a survey about homophobia in sport

We have been contacted by an undergraduate Sports and Exercise Science student from Napier University whose honours project looks into the low numbers of LGBT+ athletes, and homophobia in sport, sport to hopefully find ways to overcome this about allow people to freely take part in any activity without fear of judgement. To this end, she is seeking respondents to a short, anonymous questionnaire about their experiences in or around sport. If you wish to take part, you can take the survey here.

Transgender Remembrance Day 2017

Transgender Remembrance Day 2017 was held on 19 November 2017. The event was organised by our Trans Rep Gina Maya, and more than forty people attended the event, staff and students, LGBT+ and Allies. You can read more about the event on Gina’s website.

TransEDU launch – report

TransEDU is a website and resource that provides data on and for transgender students and staff in Further and Higher Education, funded by Strathclyde University as well as the Leadership Council and the Scottish Grant Council. Our Trans Representative Gina Maya went along to the launch at Strathclyde University on 14 December 2017. Read more.
SPN and PrideSoc lunch
Date: Wednesday 7 February 2018
Time: 12:00 -14:00
Location: Kings Buildings Centre
Facebook event
Poetry and Place: Queer Space
Date: Wednesday 7 February 2018
Time: 16:00 – 17:00
Location: Old Library, Geography Building
Event page on LGBT History Month site
Pariah – SPN film screening and panel
Date: Thursday 8 February 2018
Time: 19:00 – 21:00
Location: G.04, 50 George Square
Facebook event
Queer AF Cabaret
Date: Saturday 10 February 2018
Time: 19:00 – 01:00
Location: Cabaret Bar, Pleasance
Facebook event
SPN Coffee Social – Central area
Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018
Time: 13:00-14:00
Location: Teviot Committee Room
Facebook event
SPN Coffee Social – King’s Buildings
Date: Wednesday 14 February 2018
Time: 13:00-14:00
Location: Upstairs cafe, Swann Building
Facebook event
SPN LGBT+ Book Group
Date: Thursday 15 February 2018
Time: 17:45 – 19:15
Location: The Potting Shed
SPN calendar
Pride Saltire Launch
Date: 17 February 2018
Time: 12:00-17:00
Location: Cockenzie House, East Lothian
Facebook event
Panel event: Past, Present and Future of Pronouns
Date: Thursday 22 February 2018
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: LG.06, DHT
SPN calendar
SPN Queer Research Showcase: Performance lecture “The Five Ages”
Date: Friday 23 February 2018
Time: 12:30 – 13:30
Location: G.01, 50 George Square
Eventbrite page
SPN Queer Research Showcase: Queer Film Studies
Date: Monday 26 February 2018
Time: 12:30 – 13:30
Location: Practice Suite, 1.15 CMB
Eventbrite page
SPN closing event: Let’s Talk About Intersectionality
Date: Wednesday 28 February 2018
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Business School Auditorium
Eventbrite page

November Newsletter

November Newsletter
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Welcome to the November 2017 edition of the
Staff Pride Network newsletter!

Dear LGBT+ Colleagues and Allies,

My name is Judith Rauhofer and I am delighted to take over the reins from Sharon as the new Co-Chair. I am a lecturer in IT Law at the School of Law, with a distant past as a researcher on legal aspects of queer and gender issues in the 90s. My interest in the Staff Pride Network comes from the motivation to “go back to my roots” and to become more involved in LGBT+ work again. Working with Jonathan, providing diversity as both a woman and an academic co-chair, I see my particular interests in this role in promoting both of those aspects of the Network’s work: encouraging and bringing together queer/LGBT+ scholarship at the University, and establishing an LGBT+-specific element of pastoral care for students at all levels, maybe through the designation of a specific “personal tutor” for LGBT+ queries. I have met some of you already at the Friday evening socials, and look forward to meeting more of you at future events.

Best wishes,



SPN pens now available!

We are excited to provide members with Staff Pride Network black biro pens, made with recycled cardboard. Although we had to sacrifice our beautiful, colourful logo for a simple black design, our logo designer Kael Oakley was happy to help so we could have them made on recycled cardboard instead of the usual plastic. If you would like some for yourself and maybe to share at your office (always good for visibility and attracting new LGBT+ colleagues and allies to register!) you can pick them up at any of our Coffee & Cake, evening social or special events such as our upcoming Transgender Remembrance Day event on 17th November. Alternatively, let us know in advance and you can pick them up from Jonathan at the Business School PGT Office. We hope you like them!

Appeal for Social & Events Volunteers

We are looking for Social & Events volunteers to join our enthusiastic, fun-loving and wonderful team! You’ll be be involved in developing event ideas, and helping to organise them by booking rooms, creating advertising, and performing tasks at the events like welcoming people and setting up catering.

We also need an extra S&E committee member to go to a committee meeting every 6-8 weeks, who will agree the events strategy and coordinate volunteers.

If you think you’d like to take on any of these responsibilities, please contact us at StaffPrideNetwork@ed.ac.uk.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

In commemoration of Transgender Day of Remembrance on 17 November, the Staff Pride Network is organising a special screening of the Chilean movie A Fantastic Woman (2017). Following the screening, a post-movie panel of speakers will hold an open discussion on the issues the film raises.

Directed by Sebastian Lelio and starring trans actress Daniela Vega, A Fantastic Woman tells the story of trans character Marina, whose life undergoes upheaval following the death of her lover. The film looks at the attitudes of her lover’s family as well as the reaction of law-enforcers. Winning best screenplay at the 2017 Berlin film festival, the film is described by The Guardian’s Ryan Gilbey as ‘a timely film, but it is its timelessness, as well as its depths of compassion, that qualify it as a great one.’

Please welcome Ayesha Sodha, our new Black & Minority Ethnic Officer!

The Staff Pride Network Committee is thrilled to welcome Ayesha Sodha as our new Black & Minority Ethnic Officer. She is particularly interested in doing what she can to help so that no-one ever feels alone or challenged between being who they are and fitting into where they come from. Her passions are inspiring conversations, the amazing friends she’s been blessed with, fashion, art, travel and climbing on things (mainly trapeze, pole or silks).

“I’m excited to join the Staff Pride Network committee as the BME Officer. As with any new role there’s lots of scope to be creative, but there’s absolutely no point me doing that in ignorance of what the members would like to see. Please feel free to e-mail me about any ideas you have, or have a chat with me at the next social. We would love to have a calendar of events and initiatives that are representative of our BME members, which also provide a new and fun experience for other members. I look forward to meeting you personally in due course.”

World AIDS Day 2017

With World AIDS DAY in just over a month’s time, we will be providing Waverley Care’s tartan ribbons as well as World AIDS Day red ribbons at our Coffee & Cake events and evening socials.

Digital Marketing Officer Jerrard Doran will be flying down to London to run 10km in the Red Run, to raise money for the Brigstowe Project.

“I’ve never done anything like this before (I am a long-established couch potato) so all support is very welcome! The Brigstowe Project is one of the only organisations in Bristol and North Somerset which supports people living with HIV. If proposed funding cuts go through, the charity may well disappear, leaving hundreds of vulnerable people without vital support services. One of my best friends works for this organisation and has seen first hand the immense good it does for the community. I want to raise money to help Brigstowe stay on its feet and continue its vital work. Please give anything you can – all donations welcome!”

You can donate to this excellent cause at Jerrard’s JustGiving page.

Rosie Russell – Transition

Looking back, I guess, like most trans people who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, being transgender was always there but has been repressed. Coming to terms with who I am really only began less than three years ago and it has been a bumpy ride with depression, anxiety, self-doubt (and much worse) featuring along the way. Not to mention the shock (and some hurt caused) to friends and family. I could write much more on that but I’d like to focus on one thing – The University of Edinburgh is still a great place to work and has been incredibly supportive of me since coming out. Read more…

Callum Michie – A Millenial Photographer

As a millennial photographer that works in the printing industry, I’m often told “You’ll not remember…”, “Before your time…” and “Real photography is…” followed by something about going to a photo lab or waiting for the negatives to see what the image looks like or having to make sure the picture was perfect when you took it. Then I tell whoever is making these assumptions “Actually, I run my own darkroom and shoot mostly film”. Read more…

Free LGBTQ yoga classes

Come along to this free yoga class on Saturday evenings for LGBTQ people, with a particular focus on creating an inclusive safe space where trans and non-binary people can practise and feel comfortable. It welcomes beginners as well as seasoned yoga practitioners, and is free – though booking is preferred. You can find out more information on the LGBTQ Yoga Edinburgh Facebook group.

Zoe Robinson – Dissertation: The Invisibility of ‘B’ in ‘LGBTQ’

A PG student from the Business School has been awarded 78 for her dissertation entitled ‘The Invisibility of ‘B’ in ‘LGBTQ’: Shaping a Supportive Working Environment for Bisexual Employees’. Zoe was happy to share it with SPN members and describes her dissertation thus:

‘Heteronormative assumptions, together with binary attitudes toward sexual orientation however have left bisexuality largely misunderstood and overlooked both within the academic sphere and in an organisational context. My dissertation discusses the invisibility of bisexuality in the workplace by exploring disclosure and perception of bisexuality, and organisational supportive practices. In turn, recommendations are made for how firms can best support and maximise the potential of their bisexual employees.’

If you know of any UoE LGBT+ related academic research or dissertations please upload this to the SharePoint or email the mailbox.

You can read Zoe’s full dissertation on the Staff Pride Network SharePoint.

Date: 1 November 2017
Time: 12:00-14:00
Location: Curle Room, King’s Buildings House

Our first joint event where LGBT+ students can meet LGBT+ colleagues and allies in a relaxed, safe space. BLOGS have told us that LGBT+ often is not visible in University academic and professional support staff. We hope as many staff as possible can join this monthly event.

LEAP Sports Scotland + BLOGS discussion group
Date: 2 November 2017
Time: 18:30-20:00
Location: Room G.05, 50 George Square

The group is intended to enable LGBTI+ students and staff to share their thoughts on the topic of LGBTI-inclusive sports within the University, as LEAP are currently developing guidance and key principles for the optimisation of that inclusion within further and higher education settings.

SPN Coffee & Cake – King’s Buildings
Date: 8 November 2017
Time: 13:00-14:00
Location: Upstairs cafe, Swann Building

Join us at our regular monthly coffee afternoon. Please drop in any time for a coffee and cake, catch up with your LGBT+ colleagues and ask a committee member those questions you’ve been dying to have answered!

SPN Coffee & Cake – Central area
Date: 15 November 2017
Time: 13:00-14:00
Location: Teviot Committee Room

Join us at our regular monthly coffee afternoon. Please drop in any time for a coffee and cake, catch up with your LGBT+ colleagues and ask a committee member those questions you’ve been dying to have answered! Please note, the event runs until 2pm but you are welcome to stay and chat as long as you like.

SPN Transgender Day of Remembrance – Screening of A Fantastic Woman
Date: 17 November 2017
Time: 18:00-21:00
Location: Room G.03, 50 George Square

The event both celebrates trans identity and commemorates the victims of transphobic hate crimes. The event will include a screening of the trans movie A Fantastic Woman (2017) with post-panel discussion.

Out in Edinburgh
Date: 30 November 2017
Time: 18:30-20:30
Location: The Street Bar

Some of us will be going to this Out in Edinburgh event “App Culture” How are apps defining LGBT+ culture? If you’d like to meet there beforehand, email the mailbox.


August Newsletter – Members’ Stories Edition

August Newsletter
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Welcome to our special Members’ Stories Edition of the
Staff Pride Network Newsletter

Dear LGBT+ Colleagues and Allies,

We hope you enjoy this newsletter focussed on YOU, our members. Our Communications & Media Team have been involved in all manner of developments over the last year and they have managed to deliver amazing projects including the glossy newsletter at the end of 2016. To deliver a simpler, regular newsletter, they set up this Mailchimp format and with the launch of our logo made it look pretty, I hope you agree. This fascinating edition brings together event reports, personal stories, university experiences and Staff Pride Network influencing, from January 2017. We would love to hear from you about your events, experiences and all that interests you which make up our wonderful LGBT+ community.

Please note, you will only be able to link to the full-length articles on our members SharePoint so please email us at staffpridenetwork@ed.ac.uk to be added, whether LGBT+ colleague/PhD student, or straight/non-LGBT+ ally. Follow our Twitter for regular SPN updates @uoestaffpride.

Until next time,



Debbie Aitken – Coming Out To Students

After attending the newly formed Staff Pride Network and realising that the staff LGBT+ community is much bigger and more diverse than I ever imagined, I felt empowered to be open with an entire lecture theatre full of students in the medical school about my identity as a LGBT+ person. I was talking to the medical students about seeing each patient as a whole person, and how it’s important to remember that what they might think an LGBT+ patient looks like isn’t necessarily always very accurate… Read more here

Ali McDonald – LGBT & Internationalisation

In January along with two colleagues I attended the Stonewall Scotland LGBT and Internationalisation Seminar, hosted by the University of Dundee.  Having worked in International Student Support for over 8 years and more recently becoming a Staff Dignity and Respect Advisor, this sounded right up my street… Read more here

Anabel Noelke/Jonathan MacBride –
LGBT+ Research Promoted In The University

As part of February’s LGBT+ History Month calendar, Anabel Noelke hosted a seminar ‘LGBT+ and the Media’. Both staff and students attended and after an introduction and video showing her research Anabel led a vibrant discussion. The following month Anabel presented her research at Dentsu in London and has since been published in a journal. The following email was sent on 15th March to the entire Business School staff mailing list and it made me proud to see my workplace promoting a colleague’s work in the LGBT+ sphere… Read more here

Susan Thomson – Ghost Empire screening: A Response

A documentary trilogy which I directed, Ghost Empire § Singapore, Ghost Empire § Cyprus (about the Turkish occupied North of Cyprus), as well as the trailer for Ghost Empire § Belize which is currently in postproduction, screened at Edinburgh University on the evening of Thursday 23rd Feb 2017 supported by the LGBT+ staff network as part of LGBT+ History Month. The films look at the British colonial legacy of (now 36) former colonies, which continue to criminalise homosexuality, around the world… Read more here

Gina Maya Roberts – LGBT+ History Month Asexual Awareness Evening

The organizers had booked a narrow room with a table for twenty. By the time they’d closed the door for the screening, sixty people had arrived. Asexuality, clearly, is a subject of interest not to be underestimated. It makes sense in our hyper-sexualized society to ask the question, ‘Is it just me, who finds the media’s sexual blitzkrieg overwhelming?’ It’s easy to imagine the weariness of an asexual-identifying person confronted with the daily stream of images in pop culture, and seeing themselves as outsiders and wanting greater recognition, and accommodation. Read more here…

Tammy French – Speyside Way Challenge

My fiancée and I completed the 66 mile trek along the Speyside Way in March. Our group raised a great £581.32 that will be divided between the charities Calaid and Help for Heroes.
The trek was challenging but luckily I didn’t get… Read more here

Jonathan MacBride – Out in Edinburgh, Mental Health & Wellbeing

April’s Out In Edinburgh focused on mental health and wellbeing, with presentations from the lead counsellor at LGBT Health & Wellbeing’s counselling service, a staff member from Health In Mind, Napier University’s Head of Student Counselling and Wellbeing Services and a Barclays staff network member who talked about some of their positive initiatives to make the workplace a healthier place for its staff and that embracing diversity within the company can have a positive impact in the outside world. Read more here

Oliver Wain – Joining The University of Edinburgh

When I stumbled across the Administrative Assistant job at Edinburgh University Careers Service, I knew it was a job I should apply for. What I didn’t know was whether Edinburgh University was an employer that would support me in my transition  – having socially transitioned but being on the lengthy waiting lists for medical assistance. So, I began my research: First, based on my last job interview with Stonewall (Programmes officer for the diversity champions program!), I checked if University of Edinburgh were a Stonewall Diversity Champion. Check, they were, awesome. Heading in the right direction, looks promising… Read more here
SPN Social
Date: 1 September 2017
Time: 17:30-21:00
Location: The Potting Shed

Drop by for a social drink with members and the committee at this fully accessible venue.

SPN Coffee Afternoon – A Celebration Of Allies
Date: 13 September 2017
Time: 13:00-15:00
Location: Teviot Library Bar, Committee Room

Join us at our regular monthly coffee afternoon.  There is a Celebration Of Allies theme this month for which the reason will be revealed in one week’s time…  Please drop in any time for a coffee and cake, catch up with your LGBT+ colleagues and ask a committee member those questions you’ve been dying to have answered!


Festival Digest – 16th August

Festival Digest – 16th August
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Welcome to our weekly Festival Digest !

During the month of August, we will be showcasing the work of SPN members as well as other LGBT+ content from around the Edinburgh Festival.  As part of this effort, we will be publishing this weekly digest during the Fringe featuring show recommendations and reviews sent in by your fellow SPN members.

Seen a show you’d like to recommend?

Leave us a review using this form – it only takes a minute or two, and we’ll include your recommendation in next week’s digest so that other folks from around the university can check it out!

SPN Recommends…
Hans: Mein Camp
(Cabaret/ Variety)
– 5 stars – 
Fabulous cabaret from this Australian, accordion-playing, tap-dancing, keyboard-player and singer in the most fabulous of outfits. A backing band add to the fun interaction with the audience and backing dancers feature later on. You won’t be disappointed, unless you miss it!

Tickets and showtimes

(Dance/Hip Hop/LGBT+)
– 5 stars –
This is my favourite show so far this year. A hip-hop/contemporary dance show about relationships, social norms and pressure, and acceptance. Incredibly skilled dancers, amazing original music, and wonderful choreography. Powerful, passionate and poignant!

Tickets and Showtimes

Stephen Bailey
– 4 stars –
If you like camp fun then Stephen Bailey will keep you smiling and laughing for the whole show.

Tickets and Showtimes

– 5 out of 5, an incredible performance –
This show is a truthful tale of the difficulties a transgender man faces entering a highly masculinised environment he’s not been socialised to understand – the mens changing rooms at the gym. Includes what is, to the performers knowledge, the first instance of a trans man fully naked on stage. A full ride of emotions, and topics that everyone can relate to – feeling like you don’t understand the secret social code everyone else just seems to know!

Tickets and Showtimes

Yianni Agisilaou: Pockets of Equality
(Comedy/Stand Up/Satire)

– 5 Stars –
Comedy routine looking at the sheer silliness of some of the differences between the genders, issues of equality and sexuality. Yianni has been on the fringe for 9 years and shifts topic each year. It just happens that this year is a theme that we might be interested in. One thing I can guarantee though – He is always funny and he is on the PBH Free Fringe. Pay what you feel at the end.

Tickets and Showtimes

– 5 Stars –
Kate O’Donnell’s honest and charming show focuses on the ups and downs of her transition and her experiences in the 14 years since. Her down-to-earth performance is witty, heart-felt and inspirational. Truly a wonderful show!

Tickets and Showtimes

Thanks to Rosie Russell, Oliver Wain, Jonathan MacBride, Sharon Cowan and Alex Solomon for this week’s submissions!

If you’d like to contribute to next week’s digest, please submit a review using this form.
Dive presents Homage
Saturday 26th August – 9pm-Late, Charlotte Square Spiegeltent
Promising to blow fresh glitter up the arse of any festival in their wake, Dive Queer Party are back with their sell out Fringe 2016 hit “Homage” with a special literary plot twist for Edinburgh International Book Festival. Chief weirdo Miss Annabel Sings is on a mission to the four corners of the rainbow, showcasing a smorgasbord of homegrown performance talent alongside a handpicked selection of international guest stars. Strap yourself in for a mind-blowing, fast-paced celebration of the heroes of queer culture from books, music, film and fashion from the past 70 years – in the year that also marks 50 years since the UK decriminalization of homosexuality. Follow this link for more info.

Dive presents The Last Night on Earth Cabaret Party
Monday 28th August – 7pm-Late, Charlotte Square Spiegeltent
Ladies, gentlemen and everything in between! Anarchic entertainers Dive Queer Party are conjuring the spirit of ’47 to stage a closing cabaret party of epic proportions. With fakery making the headlines and the rest of the world falling apart around our ears the glitter-spattered minds at Dive Towers have had time to reflect: what would we do on our last night on earth? Well this, obviously. Join Miss Annabel Sings, the Dive family and the queerest pick n mix of the Fringe as they conga their way into a brave new world – one where you can be whoever you want to be, however you want to be, whenever you want to be. It’s the closing night of the festival so party like it’s your last! Follow this link for more info.

[SPN] Monthly Social
Friday 1st September – 5:30pm, The Potting Shed
Continuing our monthly evening socials, join us after work to unwind and meet other network members. Conveniently held on the first Friday after payday.


Festival Digest – 9th August

Festival Digest – 9th August
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Welcome to our weekly Festival Digest !

During the month of August, we will be showcasing the work of SPN members as well as other LGBT+ content from around the Edinburgh Festival.  As part of this effort, we will be publishing a weekly digest during the Fringe, featuring show recommendations and reviews sent in by SPN members.

Seen a show you’d like to recommend?

Leave us a review using this form – it only takes a minute or two, and we’ll include your recommendation in next week’s digest so that other folks from around the university can check it out!

SPN (and Friends) Showcase
Afternoon T with Georgia Tasda

Here she comes! London’s breakthrough comedy drag act arrives in Edinburgh with a brand-new show! Join Georgia Tasda for a brew as she spills the T. Expect queer capers, gender-bending, and of course, cocktails!

‘Georgia Tasda carries Leigh Bowery’s torch for weird and exceptional drag performance art’ (LoverboyMagazine.com) 

‘This is a copyright lawsuit waiting to happen’ (Georgia’s lawyer)

Showtimes and tickets available: here

Gypsy Queen

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love? The story of “Gorgeous” George O’Connell, bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing, putting him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear. In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane “The Pain” Samson, the young pretender and son of a boxing legend, is fighting his own battles, which will lead to a tragedy that neither could predict. Gypsy Queen is an unconventional love story between two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring.

Tickets and Information available: here

(Cabaret and Variety)

Hold your cocktails tight! Join host Pollyfilla for a showcase of performance art, drag, DJs and glittery carnage and ‘down-and-dirty joy… a bona fide asset to the Fringe’ **** (Scotsman). ‘Your life is poorer for not having been yet’ ***** (ScotsGay.co.uk). Escape the monotony, come sweat with us this evening. ‘The craziest, filthiest any-hole-will-do cabaret variety night… It’s a show, a happening and a movement’ (ScotsGay.co.uk). ‘A reminder that drag can go wild’ (NotTelevision.com). It’s intimate, it’s messy. ‘For those seeking the edge of queer creative talent, this is not one to miss’ **** (BroadwayBaby.com).

Tickets and info available: here
Seriously Funny
(Comedy with an Academic Twist)

11th August!
An evening of comedy that educates and entertains, featuring comedian Bethany Black, and the Staff Pride Network’s own Gina Maya Roberts!

Bethany Black has been a professional stand-up comedian since 2004. In her shows she tells the story of her being transgender, chronicling everything from her coming out through her transition and eventually falling in love. Gina Maya Roberts who is currently doing her research on transgender narratives in pop culture at the University of Edinburgh will reflect on perceptions surrounding transgender people in modern society.

Tickets and info available: here
SPN Recommends…
(Theatre/New Writing/Multimedia/LGBT+)
A fascinating story of a trans man moving from Egypt to Glasgow. Very creative staging and visual effects. Brilliantly performed – Adam himself part of the cast. A full 5 stars in my book.Tickets and Showtimes

At a Stretch
(Children’s/ Physical Theatre/LGBT+)
In a big, busy city there’s loads of space. You can jump across rooftops and meet new people every day. But it can be lonely in the big city too. When Mel and Emma meet, something is different and they find themselves on a neon adventure they never expected. A wordless visual theatre production for children and families following the story of two women who meet, get stuck together with elastic and, despite their best efforts, fall in love. Sharp physical comedy, exciting choreography and breathtaking physical theatre from the Fringe First award-winning Jordan and Skinner.

Tickets and showtimes

Baby Mama:
One Woman’s quest to give her child to gay people

(Theatre/Solo Show/Storytelling)
‘Funny, moving, and unapologetically candid’ (Time Out New York). Baby Mama tracks one birth mother’s true adoption journey, from conception to placement with the gay couple of her dreams – while still living her life, dating, and attending the occasional orgy. From adoption agencies to vaginal discharge, from burlesque to good­byes, this intimate night of storytelling is up close and personal. Winner of The Dr Robert J Thierauf Producer’s Pick Award of the Cincinnati Fringe. Bring hankies.

Tickets and showtimes

(New Writing/Solo Show/LGBT+)
An intimate monologue by Jo Clifford about her life and transition. An incredible story and a warm and genuine performance. 5 stars.Tickets and showtimes

(Cabaret and Variety/Circus/Music)
Rating: 4/5
Briefs Factory present Sweatshop. If you like “Briefs” and are disappointed that it’s not participating in the festival this year, “Sweatshop” is a dirty alternative. Provocative and not for all tastes, it does away with taboo and provides over an hour of vulgar, in your face entertainment. Not quite the level of the original Briefs show, but still worth going.Tickets and showtimes

Thanks to Emily Ford-Halliday, Manos Farsarakis, and Remus Valsan for this week’s submissions!

If you’d like to contribute to next week’s digest, please submit a review using this form.
[SPN] AGM – 1 Year Anniversary
Wednesday 16th August – 12:30-2:00pm, LT2 Business School
Your Staff Pride Network needs YOU!
Join us for our first AGM to hear about committee vacancies, volunteer opportunities, plans and achievements and celebrate our first birthday– we’ll even have cake!  We’re very excited about our future possibilities and hope that you will be too.Please confirm your attendance via EventBrite

[SPN] Monthly Social
Friday 1st September – 5:30pm, The Potting Shed
Continuing our monthly evening socials, join us after work to unwind and meet other network members. Conveniently held on the first Friday after payday.