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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender students

If you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender student, or you are unsure of your sexuality, then this page offers some information and links that you may find useful.

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We recognise the value of diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity within the University.

We aim to create the conditions whereby students and staff are treated with dignity and respect and solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, political beliefs and affiliations, family circumstances or other irrelevant distinction.

We are committed to a programme of action to ensure that this policy is fully effective.

Students' Union LGBT Officer - an elected LGBT student representative.

Student's Union LGBT Committee - an elected student committee which represents LGBT students within the Students' Union and runs various LGBT events throughout the year.

LGBT & Friends Society - a student-led society run through the Students' Union, which organises events and networking opportunities for students.

The SU LGBT & Friends Society has a buddy scheme specifically for LGBT students. Even if you are already involved in a departmental peer mentor scheme, you can still join the LGBT specialist scheme too.

Wellbeing Service - a confidential service available to students who wish to explore their thoughts and feelings in a safe environment.

Equality and Diversity - can provide information and support about University policies. The Harassment Advisory Network is also available if you feel that you are being discriminated against or harassed and would like confidential information and advice.

Legal Rights

The Equality Act 2010 protects people against discrimination on the grounds of their protected characteristics, including sexual orientation.

If you have witnessed or have been a victim of a hate crime, then it is advised that you speak to the police. You can either call 999 in an emergency or call 101 in a non-emergency. For further information about reporting incidents, please read our Personal Safety information.

External services

Colchester Gay Switchboard - a locally based help line, drop-in centre and coffee shop all rolled into one to meet the needs of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender individuals and those affected by HIV and AIDS.

Imman - an organisation which supports lesbian, gay and bisexual Muslims.

Gay Christians - the lesbian, gay and bisexual Christian movement.

The Gender Trust - a registered Charity helping adults throughout the United Kingdom who are Transsexual, Gender Dysphoric, Transgender, or those who’s lives are affected by gender identity issues.

The Survivor Project - is a non-profit organisation dedicated to addressing the needs of intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Stonewall - is a charity which works with a whole range of agencies to address the needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in the wider community.

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