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If you have any questions, suggestions, or would just like some more information about Spectrum, please feel free to email us at: spectrum@lse.ac.uk|

Spectrum

LSE Spectrum rainbow logo

Spectrum is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Staff Network at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

This network is a staff initiative, which sees it in their collective interests to build a representative body in order, primarily, to promote the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff, and to give them a stronger sense of visibility and presence in all aspects of the life of the School. Secondarily, we see our initiative as a positive for the School's diversity agenda and as an important aspect of achieving a key goal in the School's Strategic Plan.

You can follow Spectrum on Twitter| to keep up to date with LGBT news, information and activities around London and beyond.

Meetings

Spectrum holds open meetings in the first week of each month. There is an agenda but it's also an informal space to get together and chat. All are welcome to attend. Meeting dates for the 2014/15 academic year available soon.

Activities in 2013/14

  • Spectrum joined Opening Doors London to host Staying Out Late with Clare Summerskill on Wednesday 28 May, from 6pm in LSE's Old Building.  "Staying Out Late" was a talk by Clare Summerskill about older LGBT people's thoughts and concerns about being Out and in care later in life, whether in residential homes or receiving care in their own home.
  • We held a Spectrum Drinks for new and existing members and friends in October in the George IV Pub on campus.
  • In January, Spectrum joined the Department of Law and the Students' Union LGBTQ Alliance host a panel discussion on LGBT Rights in Russia, with Human Rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and Jonathan Cooper OBE of the Human Dignity Trust.
  • We held a screening of Bette Bourne: It Goes With The Shoes in February, telling the story of gay rights icon Bette Bourne who took on the establishment with high heels and lipstick, playing a vital role in the fight for gay liberation during the 70s & 80s. Bette was also an original member of the Gay Liberation Front founded at LSE.

The main aims of Spectrum fall under the following areas:

  1. Lobbying and representation
    To act as the officially recognised staff representative group  for all issues relating to LGBT equality vis-à-vis School policy and any formal consultations which the School may undertake.
  2. Culture and education
    To organise in-School cultural and educational activities that focus on LGBT issues, in particular in areas where the School has academic expertise, so as to promote greater awareness of debate on LGBT issues and the School's contribution to these areas. These would be open to all LSE staff.
  3. Social networking and support
    To provide a social support network for LGBT staff at the School, to encourage staff to feel open and confident about their identity, and to demonstrate the School's commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity in the workplace.  

 Committee

  • James Deeley (Chair)
  • Andra Fry
  • Steve Harris
  • Hayley Reed
  • Andrew Sherwood
  • Chris Thomas
  • Gillian Urquhart

A list of organisations that provide help, support and practical services for the LGBT community.

PACE

34 Hartham Road,
London, N7 9JL
Tel:020 7700 1323
Fax: 020 7609 4909

PACE| is a London charity promoting the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Since 1985 they have been offering a range of services that include:

  • Counselling
  • Employment coaching
  • Family support
  • Mental health advocacy
  • Training
  • Workshops and groups
  • Youth work (for under 25's)  

LGBT History Month Bulletin

The LGBT History Month team periodically send out an email bulletin to subscribers.  If you'd like to receive the bulletin you can subscribe here|.

London Friend

86 Caledonian Road,
Islington,
London, N1 9DN
Tel: 020 7833 1674

London Friend| is a charity that has been serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community since 1972.

London Friend exists to promote the social, emotional, physical and sexual health and well-being of lesbian, gay and bisexual people, including transgender people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual and all those unsure of their sexuality.
They offer counselling and support services which set out to explore issues of same-sex relationships, sexual identity and promote personal growth and self-confidence. They also provide social groups, and a safe space as an alternative place to meet and socialise.

All their services are delivered by trained lesbian, gay and bisexual volunteers. The services they provide include:

  • LGBT groups and workshops
  • One-to-one counselling
  • General LGBT helpline – 020 7837 3337 (7.30–9.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
  • LGBT bereavement helpline – 020 7837 3337 (7.30–9.30pm every Tuesday)
  • E-mail support service (E-Talk)
  • Telephone befriending service (new service from Health at Friend)
  • Support group for carers (new service from Health at Friend)
  • Homophobic and transphobic crime reporting
  • A library on LGBT issues
  • Free information on HIV/AIDS and other sexually-transmitted infections
  • Free condoms and lube.

GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society)

GIRES combines the expertise of a largely voluntary team of trans and non trans people, to provide a wide range of support for trans people and those who care for them.

Tel: 01372 801554
Web: www.gires.org.uk|
Email: info@gires.org.uk|

Stonewall

Tower Building.
York Road,
London, SE1 7NX
Info line: 08000 50 20 20

Stonewall| works to achieve equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexual people. They do this in a number of different ways:

  • Policy development
  • Cultural and attitudinal change
  • Lobbying for legal change
  • Providing information
  • Good practice design and advice  

Unison

For comprehensive information please see UNISON's LGBT| web page.

Trade unions exist to improve the working lives of their members. Joining UNISON gives you a voice in the UK's largest public service union, committed to working for LGBT rights.

LGBT members organise locally and nationally to support each other, to identify and challenge discrimination, to increase awareness of LGBT rights and to campaign for change.

Kairos in Soho

Unit 1,
10–11 Archer Street,
Soho
London, W1D 7AZ
Tel: 020 7437 6063 

Kairos in Soho| (KiS) is a community development organisation and registered charity. KiS's vision of of a society where every LGBT person is able to fully reach their aspirations, be well and live free from prejudice, harassment and discrimination.

KiS's programme and activities:

  • provide a safe and accessible LGBT space;
  • provide activities that develop community and enhance well-being;
  • provide activities that portray diverse LGBT life and historical context;
  • provide safe and affordable space and support for LGBT community organisation TEST TEST
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