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Celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

14 May 2019

On Thursday, 17 May we will once again celebrate IDAHOBIT with a range of events and activities

We’ll be ‘flying’ the rainbow flag on our large screen on the Alan Gilbert Learning Commons – please tweet your best pictures showing your support for the day using #IDAHOBIT2019

St Peter’s House will be hosting a conversation corner event from 5pm on Friday in conjunction with The Proud Trust and Manchester Metropolitan University.  The event is free, but tickets must be reserved in advance.

ALLOUT, The LGBT Staff Network group are organising a collaborative movie screening event with Delloites.  They are also using IDAHOBIT as a launch date for the It Gets Better Podcast Series.  These short podcasts interview LGBT staff and allies form the University to talk about their coming out stories and experiences.  These podcasts will continue throughout 2019 and can be accessed at: 

"The University is proud of its heritage as the first civic University and one that has strived for inclusivity and access to all through our excellent teaching, research and social responsibility.  As Senior Leaders we celebrate our status as a Stonewall Diversity Champion and that we are the highest ranked University in England and one of the top organisations in the North West for LGBT inclusion.

"We wholeheartedly pledge that all LGBT+ staff are accepted without exception at The University of Manchester.

"As committed ALLOUT allies, the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) recognise the challenges still faced in 2019 by those members of the LGBT+ community and will continue to work to ensure equity and inclusion are at the heart of everything we do. We particularly recognise the difficulties faced by those who identify as bi, trans or non-binary both within the education sector and in wider society and welcome suggestions and dialogue to support those individuals to work and study as their authentic selves.

"On the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) we reaffirm our commitment that the University will not tolerate any form of biphobia, homophobia or transphobia and encourage all staff, students and visitors to challenge and report this through our Report and Support tool.

"We would like to raise the importance of IDAHOBIT to all of our employees and invite you to support our LGBT+ colleagues, students and visitors by becoming an ALLOUT ally.  LGBT+ members of staff can find out more about the ALLOUT staff network group, in confidence, by visiting the website or emailing LGBT@manchester.ac.uk.

Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor (on behalf of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT)