LGBT History Month Celebrations: February 2018

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LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month takes place every year in February, and celebrates the lives and achievements of the LGBT community. The LGBT+ Staff Network will recognise this by holding a range of events, which are open to all staff, students and visitors: 

  • Information stalls: 1st February, 12.30 – 1.30pm, Fulton House foyer (Singleton) and Engineering Reception (Bay)
    Find out more about LGBT people in history and LGBT+ equality at Swansea University at our free pop-up info stalls, and chat to members of the LGBT+ Staff Network and Allies Network. 

  • LGBT Storytelling Evening: Friday 16th February, 7.30 – 10.30pm, Mozarts Swansea.
    We are the stories we tell about ourselves, and the songs we sing, the poetry we create. Come along to our night of LGBT themed stories, share your own story at our open mic, and listen to music by local LGBT artists. A fun, friendly evening, a chance to be entertained, and to come together to celebrate ourselves, our history, and our lives. More info and RSVP on Facebook. 

  • Film Screening of ‘Battle of the Sexes’: Tuesday 20th February, 7.30pm, Taliesin Arts Centre
    the 1973 tennis match between women's World number 1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's champion and self-proclaimed sexist, Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell)  was billed as the BATTLE OF THE SEXES and became one of the most watched sports events of the decade. This film charts a significant event in LGBT history and represents the ongoing challenge of sexism in media, sports, and public life. More info and buy tickets at the Taliesin website

  • Combating Gender and Sexuality Stereotyping Seminar: Tuesday 27th February, 1 – 2pm, Glyndwr 231.
    We all make assumptions, about ourselves and about each other, but the impact of gender stereotyping on individuals throughout the lifecourse can be felt as a personal experience and as a locus for inequality and discrimination. This thought-provoking, dynamic session raising awareness of the impact of stereotyping, and identifies simple ways to combat this in professional and personal life. Free entry, open to all. More info and RSVP here. 
  • Queer Welsh History Exhibition: throughout February, National Waterfront Museum
    This exhibition includes artefacts from famous (and not so famous) LGBT people connected to Swansea, and explores the lessons from our past we can carry forward into our future activism. Free entry, open to all throughout February. 

  • LGBT History Month Blog Series: throughout February, http://lgbtplusnetwork.swan.ac.uk
    Featuring book, film and other media reviews, stories, reflections and reports on aspects of LGBT+ history and life, the blog series invites you to read and enjoy, learn and discover.  We welcome contributions and comments. Curated by Alys Einion, please send any contributions to a.b.einion@swansea.ac.uk

LGBT+ Staff Network

The University has an established LGBT+ Staff Network, which holds regular social events, networking opportunities, workshops and training, as well as providing information and guidance on matters relating to LGBT+.  The network offers confidential support and advice to all staff (not only those who identify as LGBT+). Staff are able to report bullying and harassment incidents on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity to the Network co-chairs.

The Network is co-chaired by Dr Alys Einion and Ms Cath Elms (read more about the co-chairs below). 

The Network is a private group which is only open to Swansea University staff who identify as LGBT+.  The members list can only be viewed by the co-chairs, and is open to all LGBT+ staff, regardless of whether they're out at work or not.  We hold both private events for members only (which are only advertised within the Network), and public events that are open to all staff and students.  We always explicitly state whether events are public or private.

We work with the University to represent the interests of LGBT+ staff in our work environment and Equal Opportunities policies. The network has provided advice and support to the Senior Management team with regard to policies, and instigated and influenced initatives at the University.

If you'd like to join the network, or would like to learn more about LGBT+ issues, email us at lgbtplus@swansea.ac.uk.

LGBT+ Allies Programme

Do you support LGBT+ equality at the university?  Want to keep up to date with LGBT+ campaigns, events, and activities at the university?  Join our LGBT+ Allies Programme! It's a simple mailing list that anyone can join - staff, students, alumni, or visitors/supporters - regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Programme members receive monthly email updates about LGBT+ equality work at Swansea University.  

Full information including FAQs can be found on the LGBT+ Allies Programme page.

 

Stonewall Top 100 Employers

Swansea University takes part in Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index, a charter which measures employer's efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace for LGB employees, in areas including policy, staff training, management development and community engagement. In 2016, Swansea University was ranked at number 36 out of 100 – placing Swansea second of all employers in the Higher Education sector.

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Alys Einion: LGBT+ Staff Network co-chair

Alys Einion LGBT+ Staff Network

I have been working at Swansea since 2009, and have always been involved in teaching and raising awareness about diversity within health and social care.  There are plenty of opportunities for people who are LGBT+ or their supporters to get involved in raising awareness, offering support or developing a better understanding of LGBT+ and diversity. I've been an activist for women's, gender and LGBT+ rights and equality since my early days as a student. I am a proud lesbian parent, and I have written chapters and articles about lesbian parenting and lesbian families. I am very keen to continue the drive to ensuring an open and supportive work and study environment for all. The staff network enables us to engage with different groups and individuals and take the lead on ensuring we have positive and appropriate policies and practices. 

Cath Elms: LGBT+ Staff Network co-chair

Cath Elms LGBT+ Staff Network chair

I started work at Swansea University in 2014, and became co-chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network shortly afterwards. I now lead on the university's Stonewall Workplace Equality Index application, and was proud to have led our rise in the Stonewall rankings from 131 to 31st place in 2017. I deliver LGBT+ training to university staff and students throughout the academic year, consult on HR policies and practices, and contribute articles on gender and sexuality in LGBT+ press including Bi Community News. As a bisexual woman, I'm passionate about bi visibility, intersectionality, and inclusivity in Higher Education. 

Professor Martin Stringer: Senior LGBT+ Equality Champion

Professor Martin Stringer, Senior LGBT+ Equality Champion

Professor Martin Stringer is PVC Academic with responsibility for learning and teaching across the University and for developing research in Arts and Social Sciences. As a gay man working in the area of religious studies I have written on theology and sexuality and have long been an advocate for inclusive teaching within theology and religion. As a manager I am passionate about equality and diversity and bring both my own academic background, and my personal commitment to the task of promoting and challenging the place of LGBT+ concerns within the academy.

Community

Tawe Butterflies Swansea Sparkle

The LGBT+ Staff Network, in conjunction with the Students' Union and Equal Opportunities team, engage with the wider community through various initatives and events including LGBT History Month, Swansea Pride and Swansea Sparkle.

The Network co-chairs are also members of the Swansea Bay LGBT Forum, which is a group of representatives from public sector organisations and charities in South Wales including; South Wales Police, Swansea Council, Spectrum South West Wales (SSWW), Tawe Butterflies, and many more. The Forum aims to ensure cross-sector working to promote equality and ensure inclusivity for the LGBT community in South Wales.

If you would like to get involved with LGBT equality work at Swansea University, regardless of your sexual orientation and gender identity, please contact lgbtplus@swansea.ac.uk.

Students' Union

Swansea Students Union LGBT Plus

LGBT+ Society

The Students’ Union has 2 elected part-time LGBT Officers -  1 women's place and 1 open place.  They have an established LGBT+ Society for students that runs campaigns, events and offers general support for LGBT students at the University.  The LGBT+ Society is also a welfare association, and the committee members are also always there to deal with any wellbeing issues that you may have. We want every member of the LGBT+ community at Swansea University to feel safe and able to express themselves. For more information please contact them at LGBTopen@swansea-union.co.uk or LGBTwomens@swanseaunion.co.uk

Advice and Support Centre

The SU Advice Service Centre offers free, independent, and confidential advice and representation to all Swansea University students, covering a wide range of issues, including money worries, academic, housing, legal, and personal problems. It’s a confidential service run by experienced, friendly advisors who will be able to help you with any problems you may encounter. For more information please contact them at Advice@Swansea-union.co.uk.