LGBT+ Staff Forum

Unfortunately, planned University events (including social gatherings) have been cancelled with immediate effect until 31 May 2020. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

We have regular meetings and hold social and learning events throughout the year; by joining you will be welcomed into a community of equals where we can support each other and lobby for LGBT+ causes. Membership of the LGBT+ Forum is confidential and you will not be required to disclose your membership to anyone unless you choose to.

The forum is open to all LGBT+ staff in the University, to join email us on LGBTForum@plymouth.ac.uk

Equality, diversity and inclusion is the responsibility of us all and creating an inclusive environment is only possible if individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, promote positive respectful behaviour. By having visible LGBT allies we can promote a safe environment for LGBT staff and students to be themselves.

An LGBT ally is anyone who wishes to publically support the LGBT community and is committed to equality and creating an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves; by pledging your support your will receive a rainbow lanyard.


To sign up as an LGBT+ ally, please email us on LGBTForum@plymouth.ac.uk and tell us why you want to be an ally and what you feel you can contribute. 

Welcome to the LGBT+ Forum!

The LGBT+ Staff Forum exists to support and provide a voice for LGBT+ staff and encourage all staff within the University of Plymouth to celebrate diversity. Forum meetings for members are held bi-monthly with socials and Kiki, our lunch club, every month. Open events are also held regularly for allies and the wider community, including events for LGBT+ History month and IDAHOT. The Forum is also proud to support Pride on Campus and Pride in Plymouth, as well as working with other local organisations to provide support city-wide.

Membership of the LGBT+ forum is strictly for LGBT+ staff members and is confidential. To join email us at LGBTForum@plymouth.ac.uk or email either of the co-chairs.

If you are keen to support the Forum as an ally, please see the ‘LGBT+ allies’ tab above.

Our aims:

  • To support the development of an LGBT+ friendly culture at the University of Plymouth.

  • To offer confidential support and guidance to all LGBT+ staff at the University.

  • To create visibility for the LGBT+ staff community at the University of Plymouth, including acting as information/welcome point for new LGBT+ staff and all new colleagues.

  • To provide an opportunity for LGBT+ staff to network both inside and outside the University and to offer possibilities for social and professional peer support and mentoring for all staff.

  • To advise and give feedback on University policy development and associated practice.

Proudly celebrating Plymouth’s diversity with Luke Pollard MP 

Ahead of the University of Plymouth’s Pride on Campus week, the LGBT+ Staff Forum welcomes Luke Pollard (MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport) for a talk that will reflect on his personal journey and experience of being Plymouth’s first openly gay MP and the importance of celebrating diversity in our city.

There will also be the opportunity to ask Luke questions and enjoy refreshments beforehand.

To register for this event please do so via the event page

Who's who

Find your nearest Breathing Space

Research carried out by the Stonewall organisation found that members of the LGBT+ community have a higher than average prevalence of mental ill health which can be attributed to a range of factors such as discrimination, isolation and homophobia, transphobia and biphobia.

The University of Plymouth LGBT+ Staff Forum have launched a network of Breathing Spaces across campus to allow any LGBT+ person to go somewhere quiet to pause, relax and decide what to do next. 

If you would like your work area to becoming a Breathing Space, please email LGBTForum@plymouth.ac.uk to get more information. 

Gender-neutral toilets

The University of Plymouth supports our Trans and non-binary staff and students in using the toilets they feel most comfortable in. You have every right to feel safe in the toilet you choose.

If you would prefer to use a gender-neutral toilet then use this map to find your closest one. Bullying, harassment and discrimination is never tolerated; if you experience any problems or have any concerns then contact us at equality@plymouth.ac.uk

Latest news

We love to share our exciting news and developments on how we are supporting staff and students at the University, as well as our work in the local community.

For the very latest news, follow us on Twitter @PULGBTForum

If you want to get in touch with us, simply tweet us or email LGBTForum@plymouth.ac.uk