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Meet the Rainbow Allies

Matt Swift - WMG

Why do you want to be a Rainbow Ally:

It is becoming more important than ever that the LGBTQUA+ community have visible friends, safe spaces, and recognition within the wider community and I would be proud to be among those who are helping to create that environment for those who currently may feel like it doesn't exist for them. Many of my friends are a part of the LGBTQUA+ community and it is important to me on a personal level that they, and others, are free to live their lives free of discrimination, hate, intolerance, and fear. Being able to bring something that is important to me in my private life into my professional one is simply a logical step.

What do you commit to do as a Rainbow Ally:

To ensure that discriminatory or intolerant practices and language are challenged appropriately, that LGBTQUA+ people feel that they have someone they can rely on to help, to listen and learn where my knowledge is lacking and to educate others where possible on what I have learned so far.


Charlotte Pearce - English and Comparative Studies

Why do you want to be a Rainbow Ally:

I believe that all people are deserving of equal respect and consideration regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity

What do you commit to do as a Rainbow Ally:

To avoid the use of language that inadvertently excludes people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. To challenge behaviours and language of others that directly or indirectly discriminates against people who identify as belonging to the LGBTQUA+ community.


Jim Alimpertis - Engagement Group

Why do you want to be an Rainbow Ally:

I want to become/remain a Rainbow Ally, because there's still progress to be made. Being part of an inclusive and diverse community means being an active bystander and sharing the importance of equality and the importance of uniqueness. We have to focus on our uniqueness and what connects us, not on what makes us 'different'. And there's still a long way, but we have to make sure that Warwick can provide a safe and open environment for all of our students and our colleagues.

What do you commit to do as a Rainbow Ally:

I commit to helping others, raising awareness, challenging inappropriate behaviours and language, and contributing to the education of staff and students who want to learn more about the LGBTQUA+ challenges that we still face on a daily basis.


Giulia Boggiano - Engagement Group- Development

Why do you want to be a Rainbow Ally:

Diversity in all forms should be celebrated. Having close friends and family who are members of the LGBTQUA+ community, I have witnessed first-hand the impact of homophobic and transphobic attacks. I firmly believe that strong support networks play a vital role in both safety and equality. By becoming a Rainbow Ally, I want to contribute to promoting inclusivity, acceptance, and equality at Warwick.

What do you commit to doing as a Rainbow Ally:

As an ally, I commit to championing inclusivity and challenging instances of discrimination or unfair treatment towards my LGBTQUA+ colleagues. I will encourage a positive, inclusive environment in all that I do and take the time to further educate myself in order to be a better ally. As a Rainbow Ally, I'll also be a friendly face for anyone who might need additional support, guidance, or just fancies a chat.


Why do you want to be a Rainbow Ally:

As a bisexual male, I have just become the 'professional services theme lead' on the WBS equality, diversity and inclusion committee for the area of LGBT+.

What do you commit to doing as a Rainbow Ally:

I want to ensure that everyone who identifies as LGBT+ feels safe and comfortable in being their self across the University (including both staff and students). As a bisexual male, I am also keen to reduce any perceptions or stigmas that may be associated or attached to males who identify as being in this category.


Jane Marshall - WMG

Why do you want to be a Rainbow Ally:

I am a senior tutor in WMG and i feel it's really important to have visibility of support for any student who identifies as LGBTUA+. and ensure that students know where to go to ask for help and support.

What do you commit to doing as a Rainbow Ally:

Visibility and communication of issues and events