The LGBTUA+ Supporters programme is to empower all members of our community to create an open and inclusive environment for all colleagues and students at Warwick.
Any member of staff or student can sign up to be an LGBTUA+ Supporter. Supporters are not expected to be experts on sexuality and gender, they are simply committed to ongoing learning and examining their own biases. Supporters are a visible presence in support of the LGBTUA+ community on campus.
Complete the online registration form to become an LGBTUA+ Supporter. You can also read profiles of existing Supporters, download a copy of our Supporters profile booklet (or request a hard copy of the LGBTUA+ Supporters profile booklet here), and watch a video of LGBTUA+ staff and Supporters talking about the programme.
If you'd like to learn more about what you can do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter and can't find what you need here, contact us and let us know.
Become a Supporter
You can become a Supporter by completing the online registration form.
Once you have signed up you will receive:
- A rainbow and/or trans pride lanyard.
- An LGBTUA+ Supporter card which can be displayed in a prominent position in your office.
- An LGBTUA+ Supporter badge.
- A pronoun badge (if requested).
- Copies of some of our booklets and resources related to LGBTUA+ equality.
We also encourage you to download the 'I am an LGBTUA+ Supporter' image to add to your email signature.
The programme allows LGBTUA+ supporters, regardless of sexuality and/or gender identity, to progress equality and promote a working and learning environment where individuals can be themselves and are supported and respected. There are a number of ways you can show your commitment as a Supporter, for example:
- Learn about issues that affect the LGBTUA+ community and share your learning.
- Complete the Diversity in the Workplace E-Learning Module and the Unconscious Bias Moodle.
- Promote and attend LGBTUA+ events and training, and offer to help with events where possible.
- Challenge inappropriate language and behaviour.
- Think what you can do in your role to promote an inclusive environment.
- Think about whether language used on promotional material is gender neutral (read more about gender neutral language here ).
- Attend ED&I Network meetings.
Complete the online registration form to become an LGBTUA+ Supporter. You can also read profiles of existing Supporters, download a copy of our Supporters profile booklet , and watch a video of LGBTUA+ staff and Supporters talking about the programme.
You can read more about Supporters in the FAQs at the bottom of this page.
Learn more about our LGBTUA+ Supporters programme from LGBTUA+ staff and Supporters in the video below:
Want something a little shorter? Watch just the scripted Supporters video or just the post-filming interviews with LGBTUA+ staff and Supporters
What a Supporter is/is not:
A Supporter is not:
- On a pedestal.
- Always senior.
- Heroic or extraordinary.
- A saviour.
- The same as all other allies.
- Someone who knows all the answers.
A Supporter is anyone who acts to bring about positive change for people who identify differently to them!
Who can be an LGBTUA+ Supporter?
A Supporter is someone who wishes to publicly support the LGBTUA+ community, ensure equality, and commit to taking actions to create an inclusive environment where everyone can be themselves. Anyone can be a Supporter whether they are heterosexual, cisgender, or identify as LGBTUA+.
Why does Warwick need an LGBTUA+ Supporter Programme?
The promotion of ED&I concerns us all, and is the responsibility of all members of our community. Creating an inclusive environment is only possible if individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, promote a positive respectful behaviour.
There are still negative perceptions, prejudices and discrimination in wider society and in some countries it is still illegal to be LGBTUA+. A visible Supporter will encourage a safe environment for LGBTUA+ colleagues and students to be themselves.
As a Supporter what do I do if I witness inappropriate behaviour and language?
If you witness or hear inappropriate language/behaviour respectfully speak up and challenge the individual.
If you are concerned about a situation or an individual, speak to a line manager or report it through Dignity at Warwick (you can report anonymously or request to speak to a Dignity Contact).
Refer to the Dignity at Warwick Policy.
The LGBTUA+ Supporters programme was established in July 2017, with Supporters receiving rainbow lanyards to wear as a visible presence in support of the LGBTUA+ community on campus.
In August 2018, our LGBTUA+ Taskforce had the idea to also acquire trans pride lanyards in addition to the existing rainbow lanyards. The Jennifer Pellinen trans pride flag was the preferred design because it celebrates the diversity of gender identity and the trans community. Jennifer has described the design of the flag as follows:
"The colours on the flag are from top to bottom: pink, light purple, medium purple, dark purple, and blue. The pink and the blue represent male and female. The 3 purple stripes represent the diversity of the transgender community as well as genders other than male and female".
You may also be interested in:
Charters - including Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index (LGBTUA+ equality benchmarking exercise)
Training, Guidance, and Resources - including our Trans Awareness and Safe Overseas Travel guides
Staff Networks - including LGBTUA+ Networks
Taskforces and SIC - including LGBTUA+ Taskforce
Events - including LGBTUA+ History Month