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Teesside University Proud

TU Proud signifies our commitment to celebrating and supporting our LGBTQ+ colleagues, students and allies, and our desire to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be their genuine self.

LGBTQ+ colours in a bar

We hope you will be inspired to show your support for LGBTQ+ rights by sharing your gender pronouns at work, completing the Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index survey, and joining in with our various upcoming events and activities.

Embracing diversity and actively opposing and eradicating prejudice is one of our core values, so please get involved with TU Proud and show your support for our LGBTQ+ colleagues and students

Juliet Amos
Executive Director (Human Resources) and Equality & Diversity Champion (LGBTQ+)

The student officers and the entire organisation we lead is dedicated to ensuring we provide safe, inclusive and welcoming services, facilities and venues for all students. We are delighted to participate in a campaign that celebrates our wonderful LGBTQ+ students and colleagues.

Harriet Dryden
President Activities, Teesside University Students' Union

Allies and role models

TU Proud seeks to promote the ways in which LGBTQ+ allies and role models can help break down barriers and create a more inclusive campus.

Stonewall defines 'straight allies' as heterosexual people who believe that lesbian, gay and bisexual people should be entitled to full equality in the workplace and on campus.

Anyone can be an ally - whether you are a senior leader who puts equality at the top of the business agenda, or a junior member of staff, or student to challenge the use of inappropriate language.

An LGBTQ+ role model is someone who understands the potential they have to influence others and uses the opportunity constructively to help an inspire others.

Seeing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender role models accepted for who they are, and achieving professional success, can be hugely influential in changing attitudes and demonstrating that it is ok to be yourself in the workplace and on campus.

We want more Team Teesside members to become active LGBTQ+ allies and role models, contact the LGBTQ+ Focus Group to find out how you can help.

Share your gender pronouns

One simple way to be an LGBTQ+ ally is to share your gender pronouns to help transgender and non-binary colleagues and classmates feel acknowledged and accepted.

Gender pronouns are ways in which we refer to someone's gender identity and can include terms such as she/her/hers, he/him/his and they/them/theirs.

It is easy to make a mistake and cause offence by guessing or assuming a person's gender based on their name, appearance, voice, or some other attribute. Using someone's correct personal pronouns is both polite and respectful, and it helps create an inclusive environment.

You can help colleagues and classmates feel comfortable in sharing their preferred pronouns by sharing yours first, for example at the start of meetings or class and by adding them to your email signature.

For more information, please read our :
Pronouns Guidance

Queer news and events

Queer news is a celebratory platform for our staff and students to showcase their work andor recent achievements, which support our LGBTQ+ and ally community.

If you have anything you would like to share please contact the LGBTQ+ focus group with what you would like showcasing.

Link to Share our pride in LGBT+ history in February.

Share our pride in LGBT+ history in February

LGBTQ+ History Month in February is an annual international celebration of experiences and achievements of LGBTQ+ people, and our LGBTQ+ Focus Group is hosting a series of events throughout the month. Everyone is welcome.

Trans awareness week. Link to Trans awareness week.

Trans awareness week

Watch how Teesside University marked trans awareness with a range of events and activities including presentations from Ellie Lowther, Quinn Brown and Ruby Guest; a stall courtesy of Hart Gables; and how we observed the Transgender Day of Remembrance to honour those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Link to The Iphis Incident: Ovid's Accidental Discovery of Gender Dysphoria.

The Iphis Incident: Ovid's Accidental Discovery of Gender Dysphoria

Dr Kenneth Moore (he/him), senior lecturer in the history of ideas, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law shares his presentation entitled The Iphis Incident: Ovid's Accidental Discovery of Gender Dysphoria produced for the 2021 ATINER conference in Athens, Greece, and the printed article.

Link to Trans awareness week: 14 - 21 November.

Trans awareness week: 14 - 21 November

Everyone is welcome to drop in to our timetable to celebrate and remember our trans and non-binary community within our University. The events lead up to the Trans Day of Remembrance where we respectfully honour the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

Want to know more?

Embracing diversity and actively opposing and eradicating prejudice is one of our core values, so please get involved with TU Proud and show your support for our LGBTQ+ colleagues and students.

Thank you for your support and help in making our University a truly welcoming and inclusive place to work and study.

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