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"I'm part of the LGBTQUA+ community"

If you have been sent this link, the sender would like you to know that they are part of the LGBTQUA+ community.

You should keep this information confidential unless they advise you otherwise - they may or may not be out to others as LGBTQUA+.

They may identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, on the asexual and/or aromantic spectra, undefined, or in another way which is subject to the same, or similar, forms of oppression. The person who has sent you this resource may choose to share with you specifically how they identify, or they may not. This is a personal decision.

How you can support them

Educate yourself

If you are not already familiar, there is an introductory resource available on key LGBTQUA+ terms and concepts. There is also a glossary for future reference.

There are many other resources, training opportunities, and events which can support you in educating yourself about LGBTQUA+ identities, experiences, and related issues. You might want to start by:

Commit to LGBTQUA+ allyship

Use your knowledge and self-education efforts to act in allyship with the LGBTQUA+ community.

If you are not already part of the Rainbow Allies initiative at Warwick, you might like to start there. There is an image available for Rainbow Allies to use in their email signature, to aid with making a visible commitment to LGBTQUA+ allyship.

Commit to ongoing self-education about LGBTQUA+ identities, experiences, and related issues. There are key resources available to support you on your journey to allyship with LGBTQUA+ people:

Support them

Work with the person who sent you this resource to identify any support they may need, from yourself or others. There are many sources of support available, within the University and Students' Union, and externally. This directory of support for LGBTQUA+ people lists many of them. There is also support and guidance for anyone supporting an LGBTQUA+ person.

The University's Dignity at Warwick Policy and Trans and Gender Reassignment Policy outline the rights and responsibilities of University community members, unacceptable behaviours, and the process for reporting and responding to inappropriate behaviour. The Report & Support service at Warwick can provide support and routes to report LGBTUAphobia (including anonymously).

How you can respond to the person who sent you this resource

  1. Please thank whoever sent you to this resource. Coming out to someone, especially when you aren't sure how they will respond, is a daunting experience. It takes considerable courage and emotional labour.
  2. Reassure them that you support them, and that you want to be an effective ally. You may want to share any action you have taken to improve your understanding or effective allyship, to demonstrate your commitment.
  3. Explore what support they may need from you, particularly if you are their line manager, tutor, or lecturer. However, peer support should not be under-estimated.
  4. Seek support with any questions you may have, ask for information and resources you need, and access any other support you might require. Maintain confidentiality in doing so. It is not appropriate to expect or rely on LGBTQUA+ people to educate and support you.

This resource was created as part of the Queering University programme.