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Rainbow Rose Forum


Our University's LGBT group is a network for matters related to sexual orientation equality and is open to all staff and students.

We are very proud to have been recognised in the Stonewall Top 100 list of employers for the third year running, we ranked 95th this year. In 2015 our LGBT forum, Rainbow Rose also received the Highly Commended Network Group Award. 

This reflects the range of activities, networks and committed individuals who make Leeds Beckett an inclusive place to work and study. For further information on the Stonewall Top 100 Workplace Employer Index, please see 'Our successes' below.

Sexual orientation is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act. 

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Forum is:

  • To provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment in which to discuss issues relating to sexual orientation including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) identity;
  • To provide support and networking and share best practice across all equality strands;
  • To assist in the monitoring and reporting on compliance with equality and diversity legislation and good practice;
  • To contribute to the development of policies directly relating to equality and diversity, and those which indirectly affect equality and diversity issues through the equality impact assessment process.

How can I join?

To join the mailing list please contact the Rainbow Rose co-chairs, Michael Anderson or Mike Austin. Alternatively you can contact The Equality and Diversity Team.

Plus Icon Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2017

We are very proud to have been recognised as a Stonewall Top 100 for three years continuously. We have been ranked 95th which reflects the range of activities, networks and committed individuals who make Leeds Beckett University an inclusive place in which to work and study.

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Plus Icon Our successes
  • On 4 February, our Vice Chancellor, Professor Susan Price signed the No Bystanders Pledge and was presented with a certificate by Stonewall's Sarah Foster on behalf of staff and students at our Student Hub. Find out more about these items here: LGBT History Month Events
  • The LGBT group helped with the design of the poster Living Well, this was regarded as an excellent piece of work as it is posted in the Halls of Residence for students and has contact names for all support.
  • The group has been influential in the involvement of students this year in the forum; an integrated forum opens up communication in the University and hopefully encourages and supports students.
  • Also, in discussion with Leeds City Council E & D group to support Leeds being seen as ‘gay friendly’ city.
Plus Icon Our purpose
The purpose of the Forum is:

  • To provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment in which to discuss issues relating to Sexual Orientation including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) identity;
  • To provide support and networking and share best practice across all equality strands;
  • To assist in the monitoring and reporting on compliance with equality and diversity legislation and good practice;
  • To contribute to the development of policies directly relating to equality and diversity, and those which indirectly affect equality and diversity issues through the equality impact assessment process.
  • Broken Rainbow offers support to LGBT victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse
    www.brokenrainbow.org.uk
  • Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (FFLAG) is a national voluntary organisation supporting the parents and families of LGB people
    www.fflag.org.uk
  • Stonewall is the UK's largest campaigning and lobbying group on LGB issues
    www.stonewall.org.uk
  • The Pink List is produced annually by The Independent to celebrate the contributions of individuals from the LGB communities.
    The Pink List
  • Jewish and Gay Lesbian Group is an organization that supports gay and lesbian Jewish people
    www.jglg.org.uk
  • Quest is a Group for Lesbian and Gay Catholics. It has a network of local groups across the country which meets regularly for Mass, discussion and social events
    www.questgaycatholic.org.uk
  • Imaan supports LGBT Muslim people, their families and friends, to address issues of sexual orientation within Islam
    www.imaan.org.uk/about/about.htm
  • Sarbat is a national organisation that provides information and resources for Sikhs who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered
    www.sarbat.net/
  • The Gender Trust – a charitable organisation dealing with gender
    www.gendertrust.org.uk
  • Leeds Pride
    www.leedspride.com
  • Switchboard LGBT+ , a support network, which has national links
    switchboard.lgbt
Plus Icon Yorkshire Trans Support Network

Yorkshire Trans Support Network is a new organisation working towards improved awareness, equality, support and resources for Trans people throughout Yorkshire. As an umbrella group, they assist Trans people, Trans support groups, service providers, employers and third-sector organisations to engage with each other. They would like to see organisations across Yorkshire responding appropriately to the needs of the diverse Trans community. Yorkshire Trans Support Network believe that everyone - regardless of gender expression or identity - has the right to feel safe, and are committed to eliminating discrimination and harassment against Trans people.

More details about what this support network do can be found on their webpage:

http://www.ytsn.org.uk/

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To join the mailing list please contact the Rainbow Rose co-chairs, Michael Anderson or Mike Austin. Alternatively you can contact The Equality and Diversity Team.

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