This topic discusses LGBTQ+ issues in higher education.

LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning and allied communities) representation and inclusion are growing in prominence, often highlighting how heteronormative views of identity embedded within society. How can universities be more LGBTQ+ inclusive for staff and students? Do the UK gender laws protect trans rights? How can we talk about LGBTQ+ issues without being discriminatory? What effect can role models have on LGBTQ+ students?

Facilitation Notes

Discussion Questions

  • How can universities support LGBTQ+ students?
  • What are the issues with assuming heteronormativity and gender as a binary?
  • Should universities be prioritising LGBTQ+ representation and inclusion as part of the curriculum?
  • How can organisations and policies be more inclusive of transgender people?
  • How should universities work with LGBTQ+ role models?
  • Should people have to “come out”?
  • Is queer appropriate to use as a label?

Resource Personalisation

You could include resources about LGBTQ+ inclusion in your own university, such as:

  • Opinion pieces on LGBTQ+ issues
  • LGBTQ+ policies in your university
  • Inclusion of gender non-conforming identities 
  • How your university discloses pronouns

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