Jules Crane

  • Though sexual orientation and gender identity are not necessarily anyone’s whole identity, they are a large part of who we are.

    I was hesitant to come out at work the first couple of weeks, but as I became more comfortable I realised I was in a safe environment to do so. I’m lucky enough to be a part of a friendly and accepting office. However, it’s not always that simple and some office spaces aren’t as obviously pro-equality. LGBT+ Role Models are important because, visible members of the community can give others the confidence to be comfortable at work and maybe even come out.

    Employers will be delighted to know that being out at work increases productivity. Though sexual orientation and gender identity are not necessarily anyone’s whole identity, they are a large part of who we are. The anxiety and discomfort that often accompanies hiding a part of yourself at work can really impact your happiness, wellbeing and standard of work.

    People are very important to me and I don’t really think an experience is complete without them.

    The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion staff are fantastic and work with staff from across the university to improve equality policy and ensure that LGBT+ staff and students can feel safe. There’s also an LGBT+ Staff Forum, where you can meet other members of LGBT+ staff for lunch and socially and organise events to increase awareness. On the student side of things, there’s an excellent LGBTQ+ society. They run film screenings, socials and events.

    If you’re not ready to be out to the wider university, I’d recommend joining the LGBT+ Staff Forum. There you can meet people who will respect your wish to keep your identity and/or sexuality confidential, whilst still being a part of the community.

    I am also Equalities Officer for the Unison branch at Brookes.