How to contact us

If you would like to join the Spectrum mailing list, have any suggestions, or would just like some more information about Spectrum, please feel free to get in touch.



Twitter: @LSESpectrum


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Spectrum is the network for LGBT+ staff at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Our aim is to support and represent lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other gender identities and sexuality minorities at the School. Secondarily, we see our initiative as a positive for the School's diversity agenda.

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News and events


Monthly 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. Contact and ask to join our mailing list. 

Sexual Minorities Uganda

Fighting Homophobia in Uganda: A Conversation with Frank Mugisha

Rahul Rao interviewed Frank Mugisha, Executive Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, about his experiences as a gay man and an LGBT activist in one of the most actively hostile nations towards LGBT people in the world. 

This event took place on Wednesday 8 July 2015 at 6.30pm in the Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building. 

Uganda is threatening to enact new legislation which would lead to the further persecution of the LGBT community, and a clamp down on LGBT advocacy NGOs like Sexual Minorities Uganda.  There will also be an opportunity for members of the audience to ask Frank about his vital work and life-long struggle to fight for the human rights of LGBT people in this uniquely persecutory environment.

Frank Mugisha is Executive Director, Sexual Minorities Uganda. Dr Rahul Rao is Senior Lecturer in Politics, Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS. Chair and organiser of the event was Chris Thomas who is Assistant Professor in the Department of Law.

Revisit our past events.




The main aims of Spectrum fall under the following areas:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 

LSE is a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

Spectrum committee members


James Deeley

James Deeley (Co-Chair) 

James Deeley is Spectrum Chair. He works in the Department of Media and Communications as Research Administrator. Prior to this James worked in the Gender Institute for five years. James has been a member of the Spectrum committee since 2010 and Chair since summer 2013.

Andra Fry

Andra Fry

Andra Fry is Academic Support Librarian in the LSE Library. She joined the Spectrum committee in 2014.


Hayley Reed 

Hayley Reed  (Co-Chair) 

Having joined LSE in 2012, Hayley Reed joined the Spectrum committee in 2013. She is Communications Executive in the Communications Division.

Andrew Sherwood

Andrew Sherwood

Andrew Sherwood is Centre Manager at LSE Cities.


 Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas

Chris Thomas is Assistant Professor of Law at LSE Law.

Gillian Urquhart

Gillian Urquhart

A founder member of Spectrum in 2008 and its first Chair, Gillian Urquhart is Department Manager of the Department of Methodology.


LGBT+ resources

Resources at LSE

For a full list of LSE resources for staff please see:

Staff Counselling Service

Support and advice for staff

External resources

An alphabetical list of organisations that provide help, support and practical services for the LGBT+ community:  


First floor
38 Great Windmill Street
London, W1D 7LU

Tel: 020 7437 6063


Centred, formerly Kairos in Soho, is a community organisation run by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people. Their work focuses on diverse LGBTQ experiences, working closely with friends, family and allies who also wish to achieve equality for all.

GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society)

The Warren
Surrey, KT21 2SP

Tel: 01372 801554


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.

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
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 provides services to improve the health and mental well-being of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered people (LGB&T). Services are delivered by trained LGB&T volunteers.


34 Hartham Road
London, N7 9JL

Tel: 020 7700 1323


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


Tower Building
York Road
London, SE1 7NX

Tel: 08000 50 20 20


Stonewall works to achieve equality and justice for LGBT people.

Stonewall belives people perform better when they can be themselves. LSE is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and contributes to the annual Workplace Equality Index.



UCU has an equality unit with expertise all equality areas including issues concerning LGBT members. The unit provides information (including regular newsletters), guidance and support to union officers and members.



UNISON fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) members. UNISON works together in local and national groups of LGBT members to campaign and provide support for its members.For comprehensive information please see UNISON's LGBT web page. 


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