IDAHOBIT: Supporting the LGBTQ+ community


Every year on the 17th of May, the world celebrates the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT).

Founded in 2004, IDAHOBIT was created to raise awareness of the violence and discrimination experienced worldwide by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. 

Since then, IDAHOBIT has grown and is celebrated in over 130 countries, including those where same-sex acts are still illegal, championed by brave people that fight for equal rights.

Research has shown that since COVID-19, the LGBTQ+ community have been disproportionally affected by the pandemic, and have experienced worsening mental health, an increase in sexual orientation hate crime offences and higher levels of isolation.

Now more than ever, it is important to promote the rights of LGBTQ+ people.

Support within the University

The University champions equality, diversity, and inclusion. There are a number of sources of support, advice and information for students and staff of the University that identify as LGBTQ+.

LGBTQ+ Role Models

LGBT+ Role Models are volunteers who are passionate about promoting LGBT+ equality within the University and committed to being visible role models, conveying the important message that people can be themselves at the University and can be accepted without exception.

The LGBT+ Role Models are points of contact for staff and students who are encountering an LGBT+ issue they would like to talk through with an LGBT+ person. They also provide ideas, support and advice on the development of LGBT+ equality to the university.

LGBT+ Society

The Students’ Union’s LGBT+ Society is a safe place for people of all sexualities to come together in a social manner, with no fear of judgement. The group meet at least fortnightly and arrange many social events throughout the academic year.

Bullying and/or harassment

The University recognises that all staff and students should be valued and have a right to be treated with dignity and respect at work and study. The Dignity at Study Policy explains how the University handles complaints about harassment, bullying, unfair treatment and victimisation.

The Students’ Union also has a policy on LGBT related bullying and harassment, please contact the SU for details.

Further Support

Organisations that provide support and information:

Stonewall – Europe’s largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) charity. Stonewall provides advice on all aspects of sexual orientation.

LGBT Foundation - a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

Trans Unite - allows members of the transgender & non-binary communities to find a support group local to them.

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