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If you would like to find out more about issues affecting LGBT+ people or are seeking more background information to support a colleague or student our list of resources (which will expand over time) may be of help.  

The University Library also provides access to hundreds of resources, digitally and in print, across a wide variety of topics.  

If you have any feedback on the following information, please get in touch.


Support is available at the University for our our LGBT+ community. 

Staff network groups are a fantastic way to network with people from all over the University.  Many of the groups also offer confidential support and advisory services from their members to any member of staff.


LGBT inclusive leadership and development training

Trans Awareness Training session helps to understand some of the issues that trans* staff can encounter.


We support events that raise awareness about our LGBT+ community. These include:

Our It Gets Better podcast series features gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans members of staff as well as people whose intersectionalities have made their coming out that bit more challenging.

Tom Donnai, Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education in the School of Environment, Education and Development has created a blog focusing on creating an inclusive LGBT Curriculum.

Our interactive university map now includes a list of Universal Toilets.

We recognise there are many intersections within the LGBT+ community, one of them being faith. Our Chaplaincy, St Peter's House, is fully inclusive and Chaplain Rev Ben Edson welcomes all.

We have a number of DVD resources available to loan that includes:

  • Visibility Matters - 'Jan's Coming Out' - looking at Lesbian 'coming out';
  • Visibility Matters - 'Talking Transgender';
  • Age Concern - 'Gateway to Heaven' - looking at LGBT and age.

If you wish to loan any, please contact the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team.

There is also a wide range of LGBTQ+ films and documentaries available via the University-wide resource, Kanopy streaming which appears in the library search.

External resources

Sometimes staff feel more comfortable talking to someone outside of the organisation. There are a number of well-known external resources which may be useful*. 

*The University of Manchester cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites. 


Stonewall is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights charity based in the United Kingdom. Over the last 30 years, Stonewall have helped create transformative change in the lives of LGBTQ+ people in the UK. 

LGBT Foundation

Established in 1975, LGBT Foundation exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. The LGBT Foundation is a nationally significant charity firmly rooted the local communities of Greater Manchester 

Advance HE

Advance HE is a member-led, sector-owned charity that works with institutions and higher education across the world to improve higher education for staff, students and society. 

The Proud Trust

The Proud Trust is our community partner and provideseducation, support and advocacy for LGBT+ young people and their communities.  

The Kinsey Scale

The Kinsey Scaleis used in research to describe a person's sexual orientationThe scale typically ranges from 0, meaning heterosexual, to a 6, meaning homosexual: 


Stonewall have developed this Q&A to answer some of the common questions about trans people:

Trans activists Fox & Owl Fisher explain why non-binary identities are valid and non-binary people deserve to live with dignity and authenticity:

UK-based news podcast hosted by self-proclaimed 'snarky' trans fact-finding duo Michelle and Ashleigh:

The Trans Vibe Podcast is hosted by a range of guests and aims to educated and inspire:

Transgender activist Samy Nour Younes hosts this TED Talk addressing the question - Why are trans people suddenly everywhere?:

A Real Stories Indie Doc about Drag Kings in the UK:

Produced by The Proud Trust, Incoming Transmissions is a short animation focusing on trans children's experiences across Manchester:

Trans activist Charlie Craggs meets trans teens waiting to be seen by the NHS:


Hosted by Stonewall, The Lesbian Hub hosts a range of articles and stories about lesbian visibility and representation are

Stonewall have also developed a number of blog posts focusing on issues of particular relevance to the lesbian community.

Ellie Medhurst, a lesbian fashion historian, considers lesbian fashion in the workplace


Stonewall has developed a number of blog posts focusing on issues relevant to the non-binary community.

Stonewall has also put together a list of 10 ways you can step up and become an ally to non-binary people:


Tania Israelm Professor in Counseling, Clinical, and School of Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara, takes us to a non-binary world while she talks about her idea of sexuality.

Misty Gedlinske, founder of Fond du Lac Pride Alliance, a community outreach effort connecting local LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies with services, resources, and welcoming organisations talks about how visibility can break down stereotypes, eliminate shame and secrecy, and create accessible, realistic representation and role models.

A collection of workplace stories gathered by Stonewall about being bi in the workplace: