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|


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.

Don't miss out on Spectrum events - contact| and ask to join our mailing list. You can follow Spectrum on Twitter| to keep up to date with LGBT news, information and activities around London and beyond.


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. 

Listen online now to A Little Gay History|. Professor Richard Parkinson presents a ground-breaking LGBT history project by the British Museum, drawing on objects ranging from ancient Egyptian papyri to images by modern artists such as David Hockney and films such as James Ivory's Maurice, to discuss how and why museums should represent same-sex experiences as integral parts of world culture.

This event was part of LSE's Literary Festival|. #LSElitfest 


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.  

Spectrum committee members


James Deeley

James Deeley (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

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 currently Service Delivery Manager, Postgraduate Taught Programmes at LSE Law.


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.



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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