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LGBT Staff Network

Supporting Staff in the Workplace

Supporting LGBT Staff in the Workplace

All lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people have to make decisions about whether to be open about their sexual orientation at work. This is rarely a decision that only has to be made once. The university believes that people perform better when they can be themselves and recognises the importance of LGBT role models for promoting LGBT visibility and acting as agents of change in the workplace.

  • Coming Out : The network can provide support and information to all staff about 'coming out' and offer advice and support to friends, family and colleagues on how to support someone when they come out.

  • Role Models: Some members of the network are role models to members of staff in their department. This can make it easier for other staff to be open about their sexual orientation at work. You can find out more on the Staff Profiles Page.

  • Allies: Being an ally is about being an active friend or colleague who supports someone else. We can all be allies. Allies can support LGBT colleagues by educating and empowering themselves by doing some research, reading up online and learning a little more about the LGBT community. As allies to each other, we have to be able to listen, ask how someone is doing and be aware that other people’s lives and experiences will be completely different to our own, especially in terms of discrimination and prejudice. Be visible by attending events, wearing a rainbow lanyard and also challenge abusive language and behaviour when as long as it is safe to do so

  • Bullying & Discrimination: We are fortunate at Durham that LGBT bullying and discrimination is incredibly rare, but the University has policies and procedures in place in the unlikely event that it happens.The University has a network of Harassment contacts who have received specialist training and can be contacted by staff or students who feel thay have been harassed or bullied. Some members of the Staff LGBT Network are also part of the Bullying and Harassment Network. You can always contact the staff network via email and we can speak to Human Resources on your behalf (anonymously if you wish).

  • Counselling: The University also has a counselling service if you want to discuss any issues or problems that you maybe having.