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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

You would usually walk around the city and notice Rainbow flags flying at University College, the College of St Hild and St Bede, inside the Palatine Centre and a transgender flag flying on the Lower Mount Joy site. There would also be a rainbow banner hanging in the Palatine Centre in recognition of IDAHOBIT.

17 May is an important date for LGBTQ+ communities; the celebration brings together millions of people from all over the World, to recognise human rights for all, including countries where same sex acts are illegal.

Durham University celebrates this day with the rest of the World as a way of raising awareness and showing solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community. More than ever we need to show our support for those LGBTQ+ people who continue to face harassment, discrimination and even violence for being who they are.

Support during COVID -19

There are a number of support networks available during this time specifically for the LGBT community and more generally (with thanks to Stonewall for sharing their information)


This organisation specialise in easy read resources, and have created a webpage about coronavirus in easy read format. They also have a guide you can download with illustrations.

Live Through This

For LGBTQ+ people living with cancer, Live Through This offer advocacy and support. They’ve taken some of their peer support services online, so get in touch to access these opportunities.

MESMAC Newcastle

They are a sexual health promotion and HIV prevention service for gay and bisexual men, MSM and men questioning their sexuality. They provide information, advice and support, in addition to a free HIV testing service.


The LGBT advocacy and online support charity for those facing mental health issues will continue running its services. Access their services.


This national organisation for LGBT Disabled people has produced guides for Disabled and older people, featuring advice for food shopping, as well as how to cope with extended isolation.


The national Deaf health charity has made videos in British Sign Language, covering issues from what coronavirus is, what the government guidance is, to how to self-isolate.

Spectra London

This London-based CIC provides sexual health and wellbeing services. They have moved their 1-2-1 support online, offering live web chat with their staff for sexual health questions, with a weekly virtual face-to-face drop in. They also have information about accessing free testing kits.

The Rainbow Project

They are a health organisation that work to improve the physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of LGBT people in Northern Ireland. You can send them a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, email them or call them on 02890319030.

Terrence Higgins Trust

The national HIV and sexual health charity has issued guidance for those living with HIV in the context of coronavirus.

Insight - LGBT Domestic Violence

Find out about LGBT Domestic Violence and the support available through Prof. Catherine Donovan's blog and a podcast with the ‘Big Mouthful’ Podcast