Category Archives: LGBT

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month

20 November is Transgender Day of Remembrance and with that in mind we have chosen Annie Wallace as our Diversity Champion of the Month.

Annie is an actor from Aberdeen. A former National Youth Theatre member, she graduated from the Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre in 2004 and has appeared in many theatre productions. As well as being a performer, Annie writes and records music and is a skilled sound recordist and designer.

Annie is a patron of Mermaids a charity supporting trans and gender diverse children, young people and their families.  Mermaids started small but has now evolved into one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ+ charities.

On 29 October 2015, Annie made history by becoming the first transgender person to play a regular transgender character in a British soap opera when she debuted as school headteacher, Sally St. Claire in Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.

Since starting in Hollyoaks, she has been regularly listed in the prestigious Rainbow List, Pride Power List, Diva Power List, and the USA OUT100, as one of the country’s most influential LGBT people.

She is a staunch supporter of transgender children, young people and their families. Her advocacy has seen her appear on Celebrity Mastermind, with Mermaids as her charity of choice.

To find out more about Annie see here


To find out more about Mermaids see here

To find out more about Transgender Day of Remembrance see here

Trans Rights Are Human Rights

We’re proud to be a signatory supporting this Stonewall campaign, along with over 100 other companies to urge the UK Government to make progress for the trans community.

As an inclusive university we fully support the public statement to say trans rights are human rights.  We’re proud to show our support for trans people in our university community, and more widely in our local communities and across the UK.

The campaign aims to redress reports that the government may be slowing progress on trans rights here in the UK, you can read Stonewall’s response: Statement on reports that key Gender Recognition Act reforms are set to be dropped. 

What you can do

You can consider writing a letter on behalf of your organisation to the Prime Minister and Women and Equalities Minister to outline your concerns about recent press reports, show your support for trans equality and urge the Government to give trans people the support and recognition they deserve.  A template letter is included should you wish to use this.

You can find out more on Stonewall’s website and social media.

Join our LGBT+ Staff Network


Dear Colleagues

Would you like to have a say in how the University promotes and celebrates equality, diversity and inclusion for LGBT+ staff and students?

If yes, then how about joining our LGBT+ Staff Network. We welcome all new members who identify as LGBT+ and Allies. 

Our aim is to:

  • Support all LGBT+ staff to enable them to achieve their potential in their careers.
  • Help make the university environment more diverse and inclusive for all staff and students.
  • Raise awareness with colleagues about various needs of LGBT+ staff and students and how to support them.

The LGBT+ Staff Network will play a pivotal role in the University’s submission for the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.

The network has direct communication channel to Senior Management through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


If you are interested in being a part of this inspiring group, please contact Naseer Ahmad in the EDI Team on: .

Best Regards

Gail Brindley

Director of Human Resources

Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month – February 2020

February is LGBT history month and with this in mind we have chosen Sue Perkins as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.

Sue is a comedian, broadcaster, actress, and writer. Originally coming to prominence through her comedy partnership with Mel Giedroyc, who she met whilst studying at Cambridge University.  They gained early success being shortlisted for the Best Newcomers Award at the Edinburgh Festival. Together they have appeared in many tv shows or written for other performers.

Sue has been involved in a wide variety of TV shows including, amongst many others, Celebrity Big Brother, QI, Newsnight, Celebrity MasterChef, Question Time and Have I got News for You.

In 2008 she appeared on the show Maestro, in which celebrities were taught to conduct an orchestra, which she won.  She has given lectures for the Royal Television Society and taken part in several wide-ranging documentaries including those on the Dinnington Colliery Band, Mrs Dickens Family Christmas and World’s Most Dangerous Road.

One of Sue’s most famous TV roles was the joint hosting of The Great British Bake Off which she presented from 2010 -2017 when the show moved to Channel 4.  In September 2019 she presented ‘Japan with Sue Perkins’ and in 2016 began hosting the panel show ‘Insert Here’.

In August 2012, Sue appeared on Tatler’s list of high-profile lesbians in London and in 2014 she was ranked sixth in The Independent on Sunday’s Rainbow List.

To find out more about Sue see here

To find out more about LGBT History Month see here

Ryan Atkin: From linesman to champion – first openly gay referee on experiences

“I got a lot of people just patting me on the back and saying ‘well done, it doesn’t matter that you are gay’.”

In August 2017, Ryan Atkin became the first man refereeing in England’s professional leagues to come out as gay.

Since then, he has gone from working as an assistant referee in the English Football League to refereeing in the National League this season.

From running the line to being the man in the middle, he has been nominated has been named as one of Stonewall’s Sport Champions for 2019.

Before the charity’s Rainbow Laces campaign, which started on Friday and is aimed at tackling homophobia in sport, Atkin spoke to the BBC’s LGBT Sport Podcast and says he hopes that others can follow in his footsteps. More

Gay penguins join Pride at London Zoo

Penguins in same-sex relationships at London Zoo have had their beach transformed as they prepare to celebrate Pride next week.

Banners reading “some penguins are gay, get over it” have been propped up at the beach, home to the zoo’s most famous gay couple, Ronnie and Reggie.

The pair in 2015 famously adopted a chick abandoned by another couple.

London Pride-inspired Zoo Nights will start on 5 July.

The signage honouring Stonewall’s Get Over It campaign will be erected at the 93-strong penguins’ beach in Regent’s Park.

Ronnie and Reggie, a couple since 2014, live on the beach with fellow gay couples Nadja and Zimmer and Dev and Martin. More

HR Bulletin No 19.3 – Join our Staff Networks

Dear Colleagues

Would you like to have a say in how the University:

Promotes equality, diversity and inclusion

Celebrates the diversity of its staff and students

Shapes its recruitment approaches to support diversity

Develops its training offer to support staff to advance their careers

Develops and delivers teaching and learning to students from diverse backgrounds.


If yes, then how about joining one of our five Staff Networks: Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), LGBT+, Disability, Faith and Women’s Network.

Regular Staff Network meetings are being held and focus on planning work that helps promote diversity and inclusion across the University. These networks have a direct communication channel to Senior Management through the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.


If you are interested in being a part of any of these inspiring groups, please contact Naseer Ahmad in the EDI Team on:

For LGBT+ network contact Paul Nicholson-Lewis on:

Best Regards

Gail Brindley

Director of Human Resources

Providing our staff and students with a fair and inclusive environment

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan set out how we will provide an environment where you can flourish and achieve your full potential.

We want to see the university reflect the diversity of the community we serve.  To help us achieve this we are launching the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategy 2019-22, along with our Action Plan. 

The key aims of the EDI strategy are:

  • Continue to focus on improving the numbers of under-represented groups across all levels of the university.
  • Aim to improve the educational achievement for all protected groups.
  • Ensure a more inclusive curriculum and culture.

We see diversity as a strength which should be encouraged, celebrated and promoted across our staff and student communities.

To find out more about the actions we will take view the full strategy and action plan.

‘LGBT shelter means I can be myself’


The UK’s first permanent homeless shelter for LGBT people has opened in London. The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme met residents, who explained why having a dedicated facility was so important.

About one in four homeless people is thought to be LGBT.

But Chabahn, who became homeless last year aged 51, said it was very, very, dangerous to be open about being LGBT on the streets.

“In some places where I stayed you could hear it in some people’s conversation – it’s almost hatred and it’s almost disgust, in their jokes and their conversation,” he said.

In fact, he said, he had heard that in one hostel, four men had been raped because it had been discovered that they had been gay. More

Restarting our LGBT+ staff network with a ‘town hall’ meeting on 27 March

Come along and discuss and share your ideas for our network whether you’ve been to network events before, or are new to the network.

We are looking to restart the activities of the university’s LGBT+ Staff Network.  If you would like to be involved please do come along to our ‘town hall’ meeting and let us know your opinions.

The meeting will take place from 4pm on Wednesday 27 March in the Stephen Lawrence building SL001 on the Greenwich campus. Colleagues from Avery Hill, Medway or Bathway who’d like to attend please see the university bus service timetable.

When the network is reestablished our intention is to hold activities and events across our three campuses.

Please let us know in advance if you intend to come along, or if you’d prefer simply pop in on the day.

If you can’t make the meeting please feel free to email us at to express your interest and we will keep you informed of activities and events.

We really look forward to seeing you on 27th.

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