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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.

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


March 31st marks International Transgender Day of Visibility. Since it was founded in 2009, this day 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 that we currently find ourselves in we… Continue Reading International Transgender Day of Visibility

My name is David and I’ve recently joined the Edinburgh Research Office as a Solicitor, Contracts Manager in the Research Contracts, Governance and Integrity team. I’m really passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and serve as Secretary of the Glass Network, the Law Society of Scotland’s advisory body on LGBT+ matters and Scotland’s organisation for… Continue Reading A welcome message from our new events officer David

Lavender Menace Returns

Forty years ago, when Lavender Menace Bookshop opened, positive depictions of LGBT+ people in books were rare. One lesbian pulp novel of the 1950s was called Women in the Shadows. There were similar shadows over all queer people in print and film. And legal censorship was alive and well in the 1980s. It simply had… Continue Reading Staff Pride Network Event: Lavender Menace LGBT+ Book Archive

February is LGBT history month and in Scotland, the focus is on that Clause 2a/Section 28 was repealed 20 years ago ( ). There were three more years for it in England and Wales and the less said about Northern Ireland the better. I grew up under Section 28 and it was a confusing time. We… Continue Reading A response to the School LGBTQ+ Diversity Since Section 28/Clause 2a event

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It has been 20 years since the repeal of Section 28/Clause 2a in Scotland. This event was held to provide an understanding of current equality law pertaining to schools, to discuss the experiences and challenges that our students and staff had in school before and after Section 28’s repeal, in particular young trans students’ experiences.… Continue Reading Staff Pride Network Event: School LGBTQ+ Diversity Since Section 28/Clause 2a

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… Continue Reading University medical centre achieves LGBT Pride in Practice gold award

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO UCU STRIKES. A DATE LATER IN THE YEAR WILL BE DETERMINED.   The Staff Pride Network is excited to announce a new LGBTQ+ conference which will take place on Friday 21st February 2020 (during Flexible Learning Week) called ‘We Are Human: Personal Stories of LGBTQ+ Identities and Intersection’.… Continue Reading [POSTPONED] We Are Human: Personal Stories of LGBTQ+ Identities and Intersection


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