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The profiles below are an initiative from the LGBT+ Staff Forum to help promote the diversity of our community at Oxford Brookes.
We hope that profiling visible LGBT+ colleagues will show prospective and current staff and students that the University is an inclusive and positive place where you can feel confident and supported to be yourself at work or study.
If you would be interested to add your profile, please contact Sebastian Blake or Jane Butcher
The Brookes LGBT+ Staff Forum has been active since 2015 in providing a space for staff identifying as LGBT+ to connect, to support members in their working lives, promote awareness of LGBT+ equality and assist the University in policy and practice development. Working with Brookes Union the Staff LGBT+ Forum collaborates with Student LGBTQ+ groups to also develop events for LGBT+ History Month and other activities to benefit the whole Brookes community.
LGBT+ role models are important because otherwise people assume that everyone is heterosexual and that diversity is something that happens elsewhere.
My background straddles between the Eastern and Western worlds. More often, I do not fit in any of the worlds and the intersection of being LGBTQ adds to the challenge.
Brookes is a great place to be yourself. I am open about my sexuality with my colleagues and have been able to be part of a great group of people who work to make Brookes even more inclusive.
I have always been out and proud at Brookes and I am impressed by all the support, events, and initiatives that are now such an integral part of life within the University.
Listening and learning from different voices and experiences is central to making the University an inclusive and welcoming place where diversity is truly valued, where everyone can be part of making this a reality and feel the benefits.
Though sexual orientation and gender identity are not necessarily anyone’s whole identity, they are a large part of who we are.
The University isn’t just a job for me, it’s been a huge part of my life and I continue to enjoy every day here.
As a university lecturer working with schoolteachers and other educational practitioners, I want to support and encourage LGBT+ role models in all educational settings.
I think it is important to be visible in the HE environment, as this can demonstrate to colleagues and students that we work and study within a safe environment for all to express their true selves.
My experience of being out at Brookes has been a really positive one - people are sometimes surprised to find a married queer priest in the Multifaith Chaplaincy office but it’s a good conversation-starter.
University was the place where I finally gained the ability to embrace every part of myself and I became aware that the LGBT community can be a source of strength, support and - most of all - pride.
In my professional capacity, I want to help ensure that all of our students feel part of the Oxford Brookes community and comfortable being who they are within this space.
I came to terms with being gay whilst at university, so after years of hiding this part of my identity from myself and others I feel it’s important to present my true self in the workplace.
Being out at work is liberating. It also means you can fly the flag for equality and ensure the rights of other LGBT+ staff are respected.