International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Created in 2004, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia - is observed on 17 May every year in more than 130 countries to draw attention to, and stimulate interest in, LGBT+ rights work worldwide and to raise awareness of LGBT+ hate crime.

17 May marks the anniversary of when the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders in 1990. It constitutes an annual landmark to draw the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to the stigma and discrimination faced by those who identify as LGBT+ in the world today:

  • At least 81 countries in the world criminalize same sex relationships
  • In 10 countries, the death penalty can be applied for same sex acts

This year's global theme is Alliances for Solidarity.

To find out more click here 

LGBT+ at The University of Sheffield

At the University of Sheffield, creating an open and inclusive environment is everybody’s responsibility. We uphold that ethos and strive to ensure that we remove barriers and improve the experiences of our LGBT+ colleagues and students through a number of University-wide initiatives, including:

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Our staff network

The LGBT+ Staff Network enables staff to come together to share information and support.

Dr Matt Mears, Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network says: “Having the staff network provides a safe and welcoming space for LGBT+ staff to meet and help to be themselves in the workplace. We are looking forward to working with the wider University in supporting all staff and students regardless of their sexuality and/or gender identity.”

Learning & training

There are a number of e-learning courses available to staff covering a variety of different aspects of equality and diversity:

These are all available through MOLE. Please sign in to MUSE, access MOLE from the My Services menu and open MOLE. Then click here to register for the courses.

Allies Programme


Open@TUoS is our allies programme encouraging staff to visibly, actively and independently progress LGBT+ equality and inclusion. This can be through online training, sharing information, encouraging people to become actively involved in LGBT+ activities and challenging inappropriate language and behaviour. Staff can also choose to wear a rainbow lanyard to demonstrate their visible support.

Co-founded by the LGBT+ Staff Network Chair and HR Equality Diversity & Inclusion Team, Open@TUOS is open to all staff regardless of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

As part of the allies programme, we are in the process of developing more training to better equip allies with the information and guidance they need to be an ally to people who identify as LGBT+.

Find out more and join over 2,000 staff here

Our policies

This toolkit provides information and guidance on Dignity at Work for investigating and responding to allegations of bullying, harassment, discrimination and victimisation. 

Support is also available from our free, independent, confidential and 24 hour staff helpline and counselling service provider, Health Assured.

The helpline is inclusive to all those individuals with a protected characteristic, for example it is applicable to sexual orientation issues, including homophobic bullying and harassment. Health Assured is a member of the Diversity Champions programme, run by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall. 

More information on LGBT+ at The University of Sheffield