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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)


We celebrate and value the diversity of our staff and students and recognise that every individual brings an invaluable contribution to our community. We are committed to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment and we encourage a culture where equality is promoted, diversity is valued and the rights and dignity of all are respected.

On this webpage you can explore: LGBTQI+ History Month, events, guides and training and resources such as podcasts, TV and film and arts and literature.

If you would like to join the LGBTQI+ staff network, email to be added to the Microsoft Teams forum.

LGBTQI+ history timeline (UK)

  • Pre 1967 – same sex relationships were illegal
  • 1967 – same sex relationships were no longer illegal
  • 1969 – Stonewall riots in New York (USA)
  • 1972 – First Pride festival
  • 1988 – Section 28 introduced – a ban on ‘promoting’ homosexuality in schools
  • 1992 – the WHO declassify homosexuality as a mental illness
  • 2000 – LGB people were openly allowed in the UK Armed Forces
  • 2001 – age of consent for same-sex relations lowered to 16
  • 2002 – law changed to allow same sex couples to adopt children
  • 2003 – Section 28 in England and Wales was overturned
  • 2004 – civil partnerships introduced
  • 2008 – it became illegal to encourage homophobic hatred
  • 2013/14 – same-sex marriage legalised in England and Wales, then Scotland
  • 2019 – the WHO declassifies transgender health issues as a mental illness
  • 2020 – same-sex marriage legalised in Northern Ireland
  • 2020 – primary schools will teach about different families

You can learn more about the LGBTQI+ acronym and more, by referring to the glossary of LGBTQI+ terms.

Tips on being an effective LGBTQI+ Ally

Explore what the different flags mean

The rainbow Pride flag is probably the most recognisable symbol for the LGBTQI+ community. There are actually over 20 different flags, each telling their own unique story of what they represent. You can learn more about some of these in this video on the BBC website.

Make sure you know about pronouns

You can’t always know what someone’s gender pronouns (she/her, he/him, they/them) are. Sharing your own pronouns and asking and correctly using someone else’s pronouns is one of the most basic ways you can show your respect. Including pronouns in email signatures and video calls can be a helpful way to avoid mistakes, such as misgendering someone. It can also be an effective tool for demonstrating your allyship both internally and externally.

We’re proud of our entire Edge Hill LGBTQI+ community and here are some of our students sharing their personal experiences.
1. Get to know the issues
2. Be authentic
3. Be aware and confront your own biases
4. Ask for help
5. Be visible
6. Challenge inappropriate behaviours
7. Mentor and support
8. Don’t make assumptions
9. Be a positive role model
10. Get involved

Rainbow lanyards

We have invested in some rainbow coloured lanyards, so that colleagues (allies) can show their support and solidarity to the LGBTQI+ community. If you would like one, please contact


Pride Week

Edge Hill Students’ Union will celebrate Pride Week from 30 January – 3 February 2023. Here’s an overview of our events over the course of the week.

  • Monday 30 January – Crafternoon, Make a Pride Placard.
  • Wednesday 1 February – Pride Fair, 10am – 2pm. A variety of stalls hosted by local LGBTQ+ charities and organisations showcasing opportunities and support options for student. Followed by Pride Vigil, 2.30pm a remembrance for the lives lost to anti-LGBTQ+ violence and a celebration of queer joy.
  • Thursday 2 February – Queer Prom (students only).
supporter at pride month celebrations

Dates for your diary:

  • Inclusion calendar – this calendar can be integrated with your existing Microsoft Outlook diary. When it is installed you’ll be able to find out more information about each event by double clicking/tapping on any of the listings.
LGBTQI+ History Month
Trans day of visibility
Lesbian visibility week
Autistic Pride Day
International Non-Binary people’s day
Bi Visibility Day

Guides and training

Two people sitting outside on some steps laughing together. They are both wearing beanies.

We want to ensure that our community has the necessary skills and knowledge around EDI. EDI training focuses on treating people fairly and appropriately – not just the same. Our training is designed to help learners understand how they can positively affect culture, communication and inclusion.

Pearn Kandola offers a range of free webinars that discuss a range of topics and offer practical steps individuals and organisations can take to support the LGBTQI+ community.

For staff – core Training for all new starters includes Diversity in the Workplace which is accessible to staff via the Online Learning Portal.

Toolkits are available as guidance on ways to promote a supportive and inclusive culture for all staff and students.

You can see information about the support available to Transgender and Non-Binary Staff and Students and please also refer to our LGBTQI+ Inclusive Language Guide.

Podcasts, TV and film, art and literature and educational resources


Popular culture
History, politics and culture

TV and film

PeccadilloPOD – Peccadillo Pictures is an award-winning* UK film distributor of Art House, LGBTQ+ and International Cinema from with an impressive collection of films from across the world.

BBC iPlayer – LGBT+ – Celebrating the LGBT+ community and its history.

BFI Flare LGBTQIA+ – Films – some free/some by ticket.

United in Anger: A history of Act Up – An inspiring documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. Utilizing oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, the film depicts the efforts of ACT UP as it battles corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.

VIRTUALLY QUEER | Queer Britain  – a showcase of selected films from Virtually Queer.

British Vogue have created a series of LGBTQI+ short films, which are available to watch on YouTube:  

BFI Flare Programme Launch  (24 minutes)

BFI Flare 2022 – LGBTQIA+ Film Festival Trailer (1 minute)

Art, literature and science

A range of books on wooden bookshelves

We have created a reading list which includes our top picks on LGBTQI+ books.

LGBTQ+ Books & Films – We have invested in a range of LGBTQ+ books and films. You can also search and access eBooks and audio books via the Libby app for free by using your staff or student account

LGBT+ History | National Museums Liverpool – Delve into insightful interviews and opinion pieces inspired by NML’s rich collections and commitment to sharing the experiences of Liverpool’s long and diverse LGBT+ history.

LGBT History Month – National Portrait Gallery – The Gallery’s Archive LGBTQI programme provides a welcoming and inclusive space for audiences, encouraging debate, discussion, reflection, creativity, and expression.

HOME | Queer Britain  – The National LGBTQI+ Museum.

The Reading Agency’s February Booklist – LGBT+ History Month

Educational resources

‘Genders of the World’ – Flash cards that show that gender diversity has existed, and has been celebrated, throughout history.

The Proud Trust – Aimed at young students and could be a good resource for getting ideas going. It has some great templates for potential sessions on Pride/LGBTQI+ awareness among young people.

Coming Out in the University Workplace – This article explores the issue of workplace visibility and signs and symbols of LGBTQ+ identity in a UK university 2022.

Video resources

An LGBTQ+ tour of the Natural History Museum, London

Join the Museum’s Josh Davis as he takes you on an LGBTQ+ tour of the Natural History Museum, London.

Josh Explores the collections and discuss the breath-taking diversity of the natural world through a queer lens.

00 Who was Franz Nopcsa?

3:07 How fish challenge the sex binary

5:43 Homosexuality in the natural world

8:04 What can Darwin teach us about sexuality?

9:41 The early exploration of queer nature

11:59 Eugen Sandow: a Victorian sex symbol

14:50 Homosexual behaviour in primates

17:55 How the sex life of penguins was hidden for 100 years

20:05 The successful story of homosexual behaviour in male swans

21:52 Can an animal be gay?

24 Female spotted hyenas have a pseudo-penis

An overview of experiences of LGBT communities, focusing on experiences in university and in employment.

Additional resources

Stonewall – Stonewall stand for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQI+) people everywhere. They imagine a world where all LGBTQI+ people are free to be ourselves and can live our lives to the full.

Terrence Higgins Trust – This charity is the UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity. They support people living with HIV and amplify their voices, and help the people using our services to achieve good sexual health.

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association – This is a worldwide federation of more than 1,700 organisations from over 160 countries and territories campaigning for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex human rights.

Stonewall also has an information service that is open Monday – Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm.

Mermaids is a charity that supports young trans, non-binary and gender diverse children, young people and their families.

The Beaumont Society is a national self-help body run by and for the trans community

Gendered Intelligence is a charity that exists to increase understandings of gender diversity and improve trans people’s quality of life.

Switchboard is an LGBT helpline.

AKT is an LGBT homeless charity that also helps individuals who may also be living in hostile or abusive environments.

FFLAG is a charity that helps to support the friends and families of LGBTQ+ people in the UK. They have some great resources on how to be a trans ally.

What The Trans? – UK based Trans news – a UK based news outlet for the trans community.