Tag: Newsletter 2020-05
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.
Jonathan (he/him) & Katie (she/her)
Co-Chairs, Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ colleagues & allies
Allison came to yoga and then Qi Kung (Chi Gong) after 3 decades as a nurse and midwife. She describes them as “something which keeps me sane(ish)!” She is motivated to provide accessible and inclusive practices to enhance wellbeing for all people and loves teaching and practicing them. You can read more about Allison on… Continue Reading Staff Pride Network [ONLINE] events: Body Clock Flow (Yoga)
I joined QMU last year, but was disappointed that there was no LGBT+ Staff Network. I learned that the previous network fizzled out several years ago, but after speaking with colleagues, we decided to revive it. We have around 10 members, including one person who is not queer themselves, but is the parent of a… Continue Reading Queen Margaret University LGBT+ Staff Network
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. The publisher Harper Collins advertised on Twitter if anyone would like a proof copy and we were lucky to receive one. SPN volunteer Gina Roberts (who submitted her PhD on 30th April!)… Continue Reading The Book of Queer Prophets
Like our 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. STEM Equals is a four-year research and impact project focused on creating more inclusive STEM communities for women and LGBT+ people in both academia and in industry. Through an intersectional… Continue Reading STEM Equals at the University of Strathclyde
Other Support Lists There are lists of support available through both Stonewall https://www.stonewallscotland.org.uk/about-us/news/covid-19-%E2%80%93-how-lgbt-inclusive-organisations-can-help and LGBT Health and Wellbeing Scotland https://mailchi.mp/lgbthealth.org.uk/village-voices-covid-3?e=e23c8b0043 as well as from LGBTYS https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/our-services-for-young-people/ for those who are under 25. There is also the following interactive map of services in Edinburgh: https://edinburghcouncil.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=3f516cd826d04c76ad3e93d41be48341 And this wonderful resource list for LGBTQIA+ young people https://padlet.com/ceridwen/LGBTresources Material… Continue Reading LGBTQ+ Resources During COVID-19
Pictured: Anna Smith, Staff Pride Network Bookclub Coordinator What does being visible as a lesbian mean to you? 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 virtual discussion (over email, fitting in between their… Continue Reading Lesbian Visibility: What does being visible mean to you?
by Anna Smith, Coordinator of the Staff Pride Network Book Club As part of Lesbian Visibility week I thought I would compile a list of books by lesbian authors, with lesbian characters, or both. This list is by no means exhaustive or representative of the objectively ‘most notable’ works around; it’s simply a collection… Continue Reading Lesbian Visibility: Shining a Light on Lesbian Authors
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. LGBT+ individuals are more likely to live alone or may not situate in an inclusive domestic environment. #NetworksGotTalent Enjoy the talents of Staff… Continue Reading LGBT+ Network of Networks in Higher Education’s Networks Got Talent Showcase: Derek’s Entry
This is a regular weekly Wednesday lunchtime coffee meetup 1-2pm & once a month (on the first Friday of the month) our evening social event (BYOB) 6:30pm-late. Please drop in with a coffee and meet your LGBT+ colleagues and ask a committee member those questions you’ve been dying to have answered! This event is… Continue Reading Staff Pride Network [ONLINE] events: Virtual Socials
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. What is the Register of Expertise? The register of expertise will be a database of… Continue Reading Register of Expertise