About the Staff Pride Network.
Stonewall Scotland Network of the Year 2018
The Staff Pride Network is an inclusive network that serves as a resource for the rich diversity of LGBT+ employees across the institution, including PhD students who prefer to attend staff events.
We strive to take an intersectional approach to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all people who self identify as part of LGBT+ communities, whether or not they are 'out' in the wider world, and to make LGBT+ issues more visible within the University environment.
Different organisations use different acronyms to refer to specific groups, and terminology is always evolving. Our definition of LGBT+ includes, among others, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender fluid, intersex, non-binary, asexual, pansexual and polyamorous. It also includes all those individuals and communities whose sexuality or gender identity is a matter of shared personal, political and / or social experience, as well as those who are LGBT+ allies.
The University aims to be a great place to work and study for everyone and I am delighted to endorse the work of the Staff Pride Network on their contribution to LGBT+ inclusion and visibility within our institution. A particular highlight for me has been the raising of the Rainbow Flag over Old College - fast becoming an annual event during LGBT History Month and Pride Week. I’d like to add my thanks to the Staff Pride network for ensuring that LGBT+ staff and PhD students are welcomed and supported.
I am delighted to support the work of the LGBT+ network in the University as a crucial part of the culture and mission of the University and in being the kind of organisation and community we want to be . Both the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Unit and Staff Pride Network are doing great work in raising the profile of LGBT+ issues and helping raise awareness, provide support and make changes where needed. They have my whole hearted support.
The University strives to encourage and support diversity amongst all staff regardless of what those differences happen to be. While LGBT individuals across the UK continue to report discrimination and marginalisation in the workplace, the University remains committed to continuing its hard work in this area.
We welcome all those who self identify as part of LGBT+ communities, regardless of identity or background, and provide a space where all can feel safe and included. We do not support or tolerate anti-LGBT+ violence, harassment or speech, and encourage inclusive and respectful language. As a positive space for listening, we promote the dignity and wellbeing of all network members.