International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBiT)

IDAHoBiT 2019

IDAHoBiT (The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) is observed annually on 17 May to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT+ people on a global scale and is marked in over 130 countries.

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.

This year's theme is Justice and Protection for all.

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Award win for our LGBT+ Staff NetworkLGBT+ staff network

Congratulations to the LGBT+ Staff Network for scooping winner of Network Group of the Year at the Stonewall regional awards ceremony (Yorkshire & Humberside) for their outstanding work towards LGBT+ inclusion.

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Building an LGBT+ inclusive workplace

Stonewall Top 100 Employer 2019


We have been recognised as a Top 100 LGBT+ inclusive employer by Stonewall for the 6th consecutive year, for our commitment to progressing LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace. Additionally we have been recognised as a Stonewall Trans-inclusive Employer for our advancements towards trans inclusion.

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Allies Programme

Any member of staff can become a supporter of LGBT+ inclusion by joining Open@TUOS, our LGBT+ allies programme. Find out more and hear from some of our 2,300 staff as to why they choose to wear a rainbow lanyard and what being a supporter means to them.

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LGBT+ staff network

Our staff network

The LGBT+ staff network enables LGBT+ staff to come together to share information, support and, by signalling a LGBT+ presence on campus, helps to ensure the university maintains a comfortable and fully inclusive environment in which LGBT+ staff can each reach their full potential without fear of discrimination.

Dr Matt Mears, Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network says: “We encourage all staff to learn more about the LGBT+ community and to help us to combat all forms of bullying, discrimination and harassment based on gender identity and/or sexuality. The University and the LGBT+ Network are committed to developing training and support for all staff to ensure our institution is a safe and inclusive place to work and study."

LGBT+ Staff Network

Call out for Gender Equality Committee

Expressions of interest are invited to fill the position of Transgender Representative, on the Gender Equality Committee (GEC). The position is open to transgender members of staff, and/or those with a knowledge of - or keen interest in - transgender matters as well as the gender balance of the organisation and its employees.

Committee members work collectively to implement the University’s Athena SWAN action plan, which has expanded to include transgender information and action; raise awareness of gender issues; and offer expertise, working with the University to achieve the University’s KPIs and equality objectives. The GEC is a sub-committee of the Council Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee (ED&IC) and members typically serve for three years.

For more information, please contact the Chair of the GEC on