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LGBT+ Staff Forum

Welcome to the University of Bradford’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender plus (LGBT+) Staff Network. The "+" sign is an umbrella term to represent minority gender identities and sexual orientations not included explicitly in the term LGBT, such as Queer, Intersex, Asexual and more! You will sometimes see LGBTQIA+ used.

We are a collective of staff who work in partnership with the University to create a more inclusive and diverse working environment that encourages a culture of respect and equality for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Thus, we aim to support the University in becoming a more inclusive and safe space for all.

The network is also a safe space for LGBT+ staff to raise issues, seek community and socialise.

What does the LGBT+ Network do?

Alongside the University's other Diversity Networks, the LGBT+ Staff Network provides information and support to staff, assists with the co-ordination of diversity events (LGBT History Month), and helps the University to progress equality by:

  • Providing a regular forum for discussing diversity issues at work or study.
  • Providing networking opportunities.
  • Raising issues in a safe environment.
  • Contributing to policy development and implementation.
  • Organising social events.
  • Arranging events to raise awareness and celebrate diversity.
  • Contributing to staff development opportunities.

Our membership

The LGBT+ Staff Network embraces the unique diversity of our University community.

I'm LGBTQIA+, how can I join the Network?

You can join our anonymous mailing list to be kept up to date with network meetings and activity.

I'm not LGBTQIA+, how can I support this area of work?

If you would like to know more about the LGBT+ staff network, get involved, or support the work of the network, but don't identify as LGBT+ then you are what we call an 'ally'! Please get in touch with the network and we'll be sure to find a way for you to contribute.

Stonewall has produced guidance on how non-LGBT+ allies can support LGBT+ equality at work:

Straight allies: How they can create gay-friendly workplaces

Whilst the network welcomes allies, the network meetings are a safe space for LGBT+ staff. Therefore, it may not always be appropriate for non-LGBT allies to be present