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Spectrum

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

LSE Spectrum logo

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.

First Tuesday Meetings

Spectrum holds open brown bag meetings on the first Tuesday of each month. There is an agenda but it's also an informal space to get together and chat over a sandwich. All are welcome to attend - and bring your lunch!

  • Tue, 4 March at 12.30 in NAB.8.01
  • Tue, 1 April at 12.30 in CON.7.03
  • Tue, 6 May at 12.30 in NAB.8.01

Activities in 2013/14

Upcoming quizzes, film screenings, socials and other events will be added. Watch this space for dates, times and venues.

Recent Events

  • It's OK to be Gay, a Spectrum discussion at the Literary Festival on Wednesday 26 February . Based on Alison Stokes' book this event was hosted by Shelley Silas and speakers included Stella Duffy, Evan Davies, QBoy and Alice Arnold. Listen to the podcast.
  • Reflections on the Impact of HIV and AIDS, on Wednesday 26 February. Vernal Scott is an out Christian gay dad, diversity and human rights consultant and HIV/AIDS activist. This was an LSE Equality and Diversity Literary Festival seminar, hosted by EMBRACE and Spectrum. Listen to the podcast.
  • Rainbow Jews, a public exhibition that ran from Monday 3 to Friday 28 February. Rainbow Jews is a pioneering oral history/archive project that records and showcases Jewish LGBT history from the 1950s to today. 
  • Pride and Propaganda: LGBT rights in Russia today, a public lecture from Wednesday 29 January. Listen to the podcast or watch the video.
  • Bette Bourne: It Goes With The Shoes, a film screening on Tuesday 11 February. This film tells 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. 

Social Media

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

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)
  • 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.

Spectrum on social media

Join the Spectrum Facebook group and follow us on Twitter for up to the minute postings on public events, volunteer opportunities and group discussions.

Spectrum Facebook Page

Follow @LSESpectrum on Twitter|

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
     

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
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