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Rainbow Rose Forum

Leeds Beckett University is a strong supporter of lesbian, gay and bisexual equality. We are a Stonewall 'Diversity Champion', demonstrating our dedication to equality for LGBT staff and students. 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.

LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender and 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, Ian Lamond or Ian Pette. Alternatively you can contact The Equality and Diversity Team.

Rainbow Rose Forum Meetings

  • Wednesday 12th September 2018 - 12:00 -14:00 (Portland 407,City Campus)
  • Wednesday 6th February 2019 - 12:00 - 14:00 (Headingley Campus)
  • Wednesday 5th June 2019 - 12:00 - 14:00 (City Campus)

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Stonewall Top 100 Employer

Our University has been a Stonewall Diversity Champion since 2009 and are proud to have been recognised in the Stonewall Top 100 list of employers from 2014 to 2017. 

Find out more about Stonewall https://www.stonewall.org.uk/

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Plus Icon Our successes
This summer will see around a dozen rainbow plaques installed around the city to mark people and places who've played a significant role in Leeds's LGBT+ community.  Our University is sponsoring a rainbow plaque for Soft Cell featuring Marc Almond. 



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Trans Support

At Leeds Beckett we are committed to gender identity equality and value the diversity of our university community. Our Code of Practice on Trans Equality and Gender Identity sets out our responsibilities for trans students and staff. You can find out more information on our Trans Support page.

Yorkshire Trans* Support Network

Yorkshire Trans* Support Network is a Yorkshire based social and support group for all Trans* people, their families and friends. It runs various social groups, including one in Leeds. You can find out more here

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To join the mailing list please contact the Rainbow Rose co-chairs, Ian Pette or Ian Lamond. Alternatively you can contact The Equality and Diversity Team.

The making of 'Mathew & Me'

In this short documentary Professor David Carless talks about his one-man show ‘Mathew & Me”, about song-writing, sexuality, same sex attraction and growing up in the hegemonically masculine world of sport. Here he shares insights about how music and songs provide a medium through which others can access or share feelings of silence, isolation, shame and challenge homophobia.

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