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Teesside University Proud

TU Proud signifies our commitment to celebrating and supporting our LGBT+ colleagues and students, 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 LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ colleagues and students

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

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 LGBT+ students and colleagues.

Harriet Dryden
President Activities, Teesside University Students' Union

Allies and role models

TU Proud seeks to promote the ways in which LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ 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 LGBT+ allies and role models, contact the LGBT+ Focus Group to find out how you can help.

Share your gender pronouns

One simple way to be an LGBT+ 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

News

Ang Ramage and Dominic Dunn. Link to Duo reflect on their role in helping to create an inclusive campus.

Duo reflect on their role in helping to create an inclusive campus

Dominic Dunn and Ang Ramage have played a key role in helping to ensure that Teesside University continues to be a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone across our campus community.

Comic and Graphic Novels student Ben James. Link to Teesside University student uses his art to inspire and support others.

Teesside University student uses his art to inspire and support others

Transgender Awareness Week helps to raise the visibility of transgender people and addresses the issues members of the community face. It culminates with Transgender Day of Remembrance which remembers those who have been victims of transgender violence. Teesside University student Ben James has published a comic book which has helped him with his own experiences as a trans person and provides support and advice to others.

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 LGBT+ colleagues and students.

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

Websites

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Email

LGBT+ Focus Group