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LGBT+ Network

The LGBT+ network at City, University of London is here to raise the visibility of the LGBT+ community. It enables the group to meet regularly on matters to promote inclusivity and greater understanding and awareness of diversity here at City. The group holds events during the year that promote greater awareness of who we are as a community. We see our purpose as:

  • A  forum for networking and peer support between City LGBT+ Staff and other universities and external agencies.
  • A forum that engages with City to support change through inclusivity and collaboration with other colleagues and areas within the the university.
  • To raise awareness within the City community of LGBT+ issues and liaising with staff and the Student Union and student societies to share information.
  • Collaborating with City to shape its policy and procedures on matters related to LGBT+ staff.

Upcoming events

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Date: May 17th 2017

The Staff LGBT+Network will be running a stall on Wednesday 17th May on the main walkway in Northampton Square between 11 and 3pm to remember IDAHOBIT and the reasons we do this every year. Come and talk to us and get involved in what we are doing.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. In the 9th edition, in 2013, commemorations took place in almost 120 countries, in all world regions

The founders of the International Day Against Homophobia, as it was originally known, established the IDAHO Committee to coordinate grass-roots actions in different countries, to promote the day and to lobby for official recognition on May 17. That date was chosen to commemorate the decision to remove homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990

The International struggle goes on and we are faced with absolute barbarianism in our world with what is now happening in Chechnya.

Plight of Gay Chechnyan Men

By Matt Dumas-Bowden, Co-Chair, LGBT+ City Staff Network

Humanity is a fragile thing and if you are a Gay Man in Chechnya then according to the law of that state you are the lowest of the low. The civilized world has looked on in horror recently as Gay Men in Chechnya have been rounded up, beaten, tortured and placed in Concentration Camps that echo of the horrors of the Holocaust. In 2017 it is hard to believe that somebody’s natural sexual orientation can see them suffer a death sentence just for being attracted to their own sexual orientation. The Chechnya Government wants to cleanse and purge Homosexuality from Chechnya until there are no Gay Men left in Chechnya the Government have warned Families to kill their Gay Sons and Brothers if they do not then they will.

Last week a young Gay Man was pushed off a ninth floor apartment building in the Capital City of Chechnya just for being gay. – This is the brutal reality of life in this repressive regime in the 21st Century.

Find out more about the short film here.

Past events

2016-2017

  • LGBT History Month 2017
  • World AIDS Day - December 2016
  • LGBT History Month - February 2016
  • IDAHOT (International Day against Homophobia and Transhobia) - 17 May 2016 - Stalls for awareness and event scheduled
  • City, University of London Staff and Student PRIDE Event - June/July 2016 (Dates tbc)

2015-2016

  • World Aids Day - 1 December 2015 - Stalls and Talk
  • International Trans Remembrance Day - 20 November 2015 - Stalls on the walkway and part of the TDOR.
  • National Hate Crime Awareness Week - 10-17 October 2015 - Staff/Students and Police come together to promote the awareness of what hate crimes are with focus on LGBT+ and all other aspects of hate crimes around the non- acceptance of diversity and difference.
  • Fresher’s Fair Stalls - 23 September 2015 - Shared LGBT event with Staff and Students - Bisexuality Visibility.
  • End of Academic Year - 31 July 2015 - Social event celebrating the City Staff LGBT+ Network
  • LGBT History Month - February 2015 - Stalls to Celebrate the month and promote awareness. Showing of Pride with Q and A.