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LGBTQIUA+ Inclusion - Getting Started

  • Do you want to provide an inclusive culture for the LGBTQUA+ community in your department?
  • Do you want to improve your knowledge to enable you to support the community and break down barriers to LGBTQUA+ Inclusion and acceptance?
  • Do you want to be an effective ally?

The resources on this page will enable you to get started, have the courage to start conversations, and ensure an open mindset to listen to people's experiences.

Terminology relating to LGBTQUA+ identities and experiences can change at a phenomenally fast pace. The use of specific terms becomes contested, and new best practice terminology emerges. The use of certain terms also depends on individual preference and the terminology they feel best represents their own identity and experience.

This resource sets out some key terminology in relation to LGBTQUA+ identities and experiences, including outdated terminology and sites of contest. It is not exhaustive, but additional terms can be requested via

Find out more about LGBTQUA+ Inclusive LanguageLink opens in a new window.


 Bi is an umbrella term used to describe romantic and/or sexual attraction towards more than one gender of people. People under the ‘bi umbrella’ may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms, including but not limited to: bisexual, bi, pan, and queer.

Take a look at our top tip for bi inclusionLink opens in a new window.

Self Education

Self Education is key to learning more about the issues and barriers faced by the LGBTQUA+ community. Use the links below to access online training videos and e-learning courses.

Pearn Kandola takes an in-depth look into LGBT+ employees’ experiences in the workplace.

    • what language is appropriate to use; the unique forms of exclusion the LGBT+ community face
    • the stereotypes and attitudes towards the LGBT+ community
    • how to cultivate an organisational culture where your LGBT+ employees feel safe to be themselves
    • practical steps to create an LGBT+ inclusive workplace.

The Rainbow Allies programme exists to empower all members of our community to create an open, safe and inclusive environment for all LGBTQUA+ colleagues, students, and visitors at Warwick.

You will be required to:

  • Actively listen - really listen - be open-minded, be aware of your own bias, be willing to challenge your predjudices.
  • Create an open, honest and safe environment to enable conversations.
  • Be prepared to self-educate, rather than relying on the LGBTQUA+ community to educate you.
  • Be prepared to challenge inappropriate conversations, and be an active bystander.
  • Get involved in event planning, attend events, and challenge yourself.

Best Practice

  • Do you use assumed pronouns when minute taking based on a person's gender expression?
  • Have you checked your department's web pages to ensure they are inclusive?
  • Are you aware of the locations of Gender Neutral facilities and include these when hosting an event/meeting/conference?
  • Do you include your preferred pronoun on your email signature and when you introduce yourself at meetings?

This link will provide you with resources that cover best practices for data collection. With thanks to WIHEA for providing these resources.

Trans Inclusive Teaching

Take a look at the trans-inclusive teaching guidanceLink opens in a new window. This resource provides a starting point for staff and students wishing to make the student learning experience inclusive for trans & gender diverse students.

Ally Continuum: Apathetic - No understanding of the issues. Aware - Knows basic concepts, not active on behalf of self or others. Active - well informed, sharing and seeking diversity when asked/prompted. Advocate - committed, routinely and proactively championing inclusion