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Staff Pride (LGBT+) news and network events.


Welcome to the very first edition of the Staff Pride Network Newsletter (December) :

Staff Pride Network Newsletter August 2017

Forthcoming events

There are currently the following forthcoming events:

Continuing our monthly evening socials, join us after work to unwind and meet other network members the 1st Friday after payday (payday = 28th) of each month.

Event Date Time Venue
Coffee & Cake 15th November 2017 1.00pm - 3.00pm Teviot Committte Room
Transgender Remembrance Day Event -

In commemoration of Transgender Remembrance Day, University of Edinburgh's Staff Pride Network is organising a special evening with a reading from guest speaker Elaine Gallagher and a screening of the German movie Romeos (2011). Following the screening, a post-movie panel of speakers will hold an open discussion on the issues the film raises. 

Elaine Gallagher is a poet and playwright, whose work High Heels Are Not Compulsory was short-listed in 2016 for the Iris Prize for Best British Short. Elaine’s sensitive depictions of transitioning and trans experience make her an emerging and significant talent in the arts in Scotland and an important voice for trans awareness.

Directed by Sabine Bernardi and starring Rick Okon, Romeos is set in Cologne, Germany, and follows the life of 20 year-old trans man Lukas as he juggles his friendships with a growing love life. The complexity of relationships is depicted sometimes graphically, as both Lukas and those around him learn to adjust their expectations of each other and themselves. In confronting some of the positive and negative aspects of coming out as trans, Romeos is courageous film-making and makes an important contribution to twenty-first century representations of both gay and transgender identities.

Tickets available at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trans-remembrance-2017-tickets-38840067688

 For any further information or queries, contact Trans representative Gina Maya Roberts: s1578123@sms.ed.ac.uk

17th November 2017 6.00pm - 8.30pm G.03, Ground Floor, 50 George Square

HIV-Related Stigma: What Is It And What Can We Do About It? Many people living with HIV experience shame, distrust, stigma and discrimination in their daily lives. They are often marginalised by their family, community and work environment and sometimes experience poor access to health services. This workshop explores some of the main causes and forms of HIV-related stigma and outlines the ongoing efforts to prevent and address it. Our guests include representatives from HIV Scotland, Waverley Care, S-X, Positive Action and University of Edinburgh. 

This event is free, open to all and no registration is required.

 For further information please contact Remus Valsan, Staff Pride Network external engagement coordinator at remus.valsan@ed.ac.uk

1st December 2017 4.00pm - 6.00pm 50 George Square - G.05
Monthly SPN Social 1st December 2017 6.00pm to late The Potting Shed
Festive Coffee & Cake 12th December 2017 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Swann Café, Staff & PhD area, KB

Previous/Archived Events

Previously held Network events for information.

2016 Archived Events

Get involved:

Come along for coffee and cake with the newly reformed University of Edinburgh Staff Pride Network!

An informal chance to have a chat about some of our plans for the year ahead and to get to know one another over a cuppa. All welcome (LGBTQ+ people and straight allies) please join us at Levels Café on Thursday 3rd November 2016 from 4pm

NB. Some of us will also be heading straight down to the Out in Edinburgh meeting at 6.30 in Angel’s Share, this month themed around Health and World AIDS Day, which you are welcome to join us for.


The Chrystal Macmillan Lecture - Critically Queering the Globally Intimate by Professor Spike Peterson, University of Arizona. Hugh Robson Building Lecture Theatre, Thursday November 10th, 1800-2000. Details of the lecture at: 



Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ Colleagues and Allies are running a  Seminar on Monday 21st November 2016 in Room G.16, 7 Bristo Square - Asking The People: Plebiscites and Referendums on Same Sex Marriage.  Speakers:

Dr Paul Behrens is Lecturer in Law at the University of Edinburgh, where his particular academic interests include international law and comparative constitutional law.

Dr Paul Kildea is Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Australia and Director of the Referendums Project at the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. He is

currently a MacCormick Visiting Fellow at the School of Law, University of Edinburgh.

Australia, California, Ireland: 'Asking the people' has become a popular choice where political decisions on same-sex marriage are concerned. But it is an option which raises questions. What are the reasons behind the increased willingness to place the decision in the hands of the people? What is the legal framework that applies to them, and are there difficulties in the implementation of referendums and plebiscites on this question? Are they the right way to settle issues that affect minority rights and the rights of individuals?

'Asking the people' is a seminar that looks at the challenges which arise when voters are asked to decide on same sex marriage. In an introductory talk, Paul Behrens will provide a brief overview which reflects on some of the most important referendums and plebisicites that have taken place in this context in the recent past. The second talk, given by Paul Kildea, will look in more detail at a particularly topical development: the proposed plebiscite on same sex marriage in Australia which, after a turbulent history, was blocked by the Australian Senate on 7 November 2016.


Transgender Remembrance Day Event:

 In commemoration of Transgender Remembrance Day, University of Edinburgh's Staff Pride Network organised a special evening on Friday 9 December 2016, to look at the depiction of trans identity in pop culture. Playwright Jo Clifford was guest speaker to talk about her work, followed by a screening of the 2015 trans indie movie Tangerine and a post-film discussion.

 As well as being an academic and broadcaster, Jo Clifford is an award-winning, Edinburgh-based playwright whose list of credits include the plays God’s New Frock (2003) and Sex, Chips and the Holy Ghost (2011). She is currently in Brazil to produce her latest play, The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven. Tangerine is a 2015 comedy-drama directed by Sean Baker. It made its premier at the Sundance Film Festival and has been lauded for both for its innovative use of iPhones as film cameras, and for its raw and sometimes shocking depiction of a transgender underworld in Los Angeles.


2017 Archived Events


LGBT History Month 2017


Event Date (2017) Time Venue

‘I am…’ Empowerment Project – delivered jointly by EUSA and Mental Health and Wellbeing

Week, a creative workshop exploring labels and identity.

2nd Feb.


G.02, 50 George


LGBT+ History Quiz – hosted by BLOGS. SPN would like to enter a staff team for this event, join us!

3rd Feb.


Teviot Study Room

“Paris is Burning” Film Screening – with the Feminist Society; SPN’s own trans rep, Gina Maya will

be speaking.

5th Feb.


Teviot Balcony Room

SPN Allies coffee and cake morning – drop in for cake and find out more about being an ally.

9th Feb.


DHT Underground Cafe

SPN Academic Seminar: ‘Cruising the 70s’ – Seminar with reception, with ECA Research Group.

9th Feb


Evolution House Board


BLOGS Valentine’s Day Ball – a night of drag performances, staff welcome!

14th Feb.


The Wee Red Bar

Queer Open Mic Night – with BLOGS and PublishEd

15th Feb.


Teviot Middle Reading


SPN Academic Seminar: ‘LGBT & Asylum’ – speaker, Dr. Trent Olsen

16th Feb.


G.16, Teviot

“Pride” Film Screening – with student group, Sexpression.

16th Feb.


Appleton Tower LT1

SPN Academic Seminar: ‘LGBT and the Media’ – speaker, Anabel Noelke.

21st Feb.


Seminar Room 1, CMB

Asexual Awareness Documentary Screening and Discussion – hosted by BLOGS.

21st Feb.


Teviot Study Room

“Ghost Empire Singapore” Documentary Screening – SPN event, followed by Q & A session.

View event flyer here:

23rd Feb.


The Screening Room,

50 George Square

SPN Members-only Social – partners welcome!

24th Feb.


George IV Bar

Closing Event: Let’s Talk About the Blood Ban – panel Discussion.

28th Feb.


Teviot Dining Roo

Event Date Time Venue

International Transgender Day of Visibility - Film Screening and Panel Discussion. In commemoration of Transgender Visibility Day (31 March), the University of Edinburgh's Staff Pride Network is organising a special evening to look at cultural representations of transgender identity, with a focus on male transsexuality, as well as general issues affecting trans and non-binary identities. The event will include a screening of 2011’s Tomboy, as well as a panel discussion afterwards.

Further information and how to book via Eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tomboy-film-screening-and-panel-discussion-tickets-32891070076

31st March 2017


Screening Room, Ground Floor, 50 George Square

Event Date Time Venue

SPN Members, LGBT+ staff and Allies are invited to a coffee afternoon to commemorate International day against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBT).

This event kicks off our monthly coffee afternoons, aimed at providing SPN members and those interested in joining the network an opportunity to meet up and get involved.

This month, in honour of IDAHOBT we will be sharing stories about positive LGBT+ experiences from around the University, as well as promoting the importance of allies within the network. Drop in at any point between 1pm and 3pm to say hello, meet some of the committee members, and share your stories! We will also be collecting stories and messages (from those who wish to participate) for a special IDAHOBT video project.

17 May 2017 13:00 - 15:00 New Amphion (Teviot) (keep an eye out for the rainbow lanyards).

Film Screening and Panel Discussion - in commemoration of International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBT), the University of Edinburgh’s Staff Pride Network will be shining a light on bisexual+ experiences, with a screening of Desiree Akhavan’s wry comedy, Appropriate Behaviour (2014).



19 May 2017

18:00 -21:00

Lecture Theatre 4, The Business School, 59 Buccleuch Place

Event Date Time Venue
Monthly Coffee Afternoon 14th June 2017 1pm to 3pm New Amphion (Teviot)
Pride Edinburgh 17th June 2017 11am Scottish Parliament

Meet for the march and hope for sun/cloud/just not rain please. Meeting point for Staff Pride Network members (and friends, of course!) is at 11am at the Scottish Parliament, beside the water feature. Napier’s staff network will be joining us. Look out for our new logo branded T-shirts. T-shirts will be provided – just let us know your size or risk it on the day!

Event Date Time Venue
Monthly SPN Social 30th June 2017 5.30pm The Potting Shed
Coffee & Cake 12th July 2017 1:00pm -3.00pm Teviot Library Bar - Committee Room
Monthly SPN Social 28th July 2017 5.30pm to late The Potting Shed
Coffee & Cake 9th August 2017 1:00pm -3.00pm Chrystal Macmillan Buildling Cafe
Monthly SPN Social 1st September 2017 5.30pm to late The Potting Shed
Coffee & Cake 13th September 2017 1:00pm -3.00pm Teviot Committee Room
Monthly SPN Social 29th September 2017 5.30pm to late The Potting Shed

Coffee & Cake - Central area and

King's Buildings

11th October 2017 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Teviot Library Bar - Committee Room

and also same time at

Swan Building Cafe, KB

Event Date Time Venue
Monthly SPN Social 27th October 2017 5.30pm to late The Potting Shed
LGBT+ Staff and Student King's Buildings Lunch 1st November 2017 12.00 noon - 2.00pm Curle Room, King's Buildings House

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