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Spectrum is the LSE LGBT+ staff network. We represent staff from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other minority sexual orientation and gender identities. 

If you work at LSE and you’d like to make sure your voice is heard, why not join Spectrum? Contact spectrum@lse.ac.uk.  

LSE staff networks summer reception

Monday 25 July, 4.30-6pm, Shaw Library and terrace

You are warmly invited to the LSE staff networks summer reception. The event will be an opportunity for members of all staff networks to network and socialise with each other, and for staff who are interested in joining any of the networks to come along and find out more in a relaxed environment. Refreshments including wine, nibbles and soft drinks will be provided.

All are welcome. Please register your attendance.


Hosted by LSE’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team, the networks taking part are:

Embrace – ethnic minorities broadening racial awareness and cultural exchange

LSE Power – professional women for equality and respect

Spectrum – representing and supporting LGBT+ staff

AUA - the professional body for HE professional services staff

Spectrum's theme for events in 2015-16 is intersectionality. We want to draw attention to the different ways people experience oppression and discrimination based on their identity.

Revisit our past event highlights.


Spectrum holds open meetings once a month. There is an agenda but it's also an informal space to get together and chat. All are welcome to attend. Meetings will resume in September 2016. Email spectrum@lse.ac.uk to join our mailing list.


Keep in touch

Would you like to get involved with Spectrum, find out more about us - or just come along to our events? Whether you're a new staff member at LSE or have been here for a while, please feel free to get in touch.


Join the mailing list

The Spectrum mailing list is open to all staff who are supportive of LGBT+ equality at LSE. Don't miss out - contact spectrum@lse.ac.uk and ask to join our mailing list. 

Members of the mailing list will receive termly newsletters, agendas for upcoming meetings, the latest news on issues around the School that Spectrum is consulting on, and invitations to Spectrum's events.

Social media

Follow Spectrum on Twitter to keep up to date with LGBT+ news, information and activities around London and beyond.

We're also happy to retweet or share your news and events with our followers.


Do you have an event to advertise or news to share? Get in touch with your newsletter submission. Catch up with our newsletters here.

Submissions are welcome from Spectrum members, other LSE groups, cross-London HE LGBT staff networks, charites and organisations.

Students and alumni

LGBT+ students at LSE are represented by the LSESU LGBT+ Alliance.

Alumni should join the LSE LGBT+ Global Alumni group.


About us

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.

Spectrum is 8

Founded in May 2008 by three LSE staff members, Spectrum has come a long way in eight years and is now an officially recognised channel for ensuring LGBT+ inclusion at LSE. Read more about LSE's place in LGBT history, including the story of our founding, in A piece of LGBT history at LSE.

Spectrum was delighted to have been awarded the Citizenship Team Award at the inaugural LSE Values in Practice (VIP) Awards in 2015. Thank you to everyone involved with Spectrum! Here's a look back at this year, 2015-16 in pictures.

Spectrum Collage 2015-16


The main aims of Spectrum fall under the following areas:

  • Lobbying and representation
    To act as the officially recognised staff representative group for issues relating to LGBT+ equality within School policy, and any formal consultations 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. Events are open to all.
  • Social networking and support
    To provide a social support network for LGBT+ staff at LSE, to encourage staff to feel open and confident about their identity. To provide confidential support and advice to all staff at LSE and to demonstrate the School's commitment to diversity and equality of opportunity in the workplace.

Spectrum committee members

Spectrum is run by a committee of seven with two Co-Chairs. Whether you have any questions for us or would like to arrange an informal chat about Spectrum, email spectrum@lse.ac.uk to get in touch.

James Deeley

James Deeley 

James Deeley works in the Department of Media and Communications as Research Manager. James has been a member of the Spectrum committee since 2010 and is a former Chair.

Andra Fry

Andra Fry   (Co-Chair) 

Andra Fry is an Academic Support Librarian in the LSE Library. She joined the Spectrum committee in 2014 became Co-Chair in summer 2016.

Daniel Payne

Daniel Payne 

Daniel Payne is a Curator for the Politics and International Relations collections at LSE Library. He joined the Spectrum committee in 2016.


Hayley Reed 

Hayley Reed  (Co-Chair) 

Hayley Reed joined the Spectrum committee in 2013 and became Co-Chair in summer 2015. She is Marketing Project Manager in the Communications Division.

Andrew Sherwood

Andrew Sherwood

Andrew Sherwood is Centre Manager at LSE Cities and former Spectrum Chair.


 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

Spectrum blogs:

Five tips for LGBT+ inclusive communications at work

Three approaches to awareness-raising: LSE Spectrum and intersex awareness

We've compiled a list of resources that specifically mention LGBT+ staff or issues. This isn't an exhaustive list so please get in touch with spectrum@lse.ac.uk if you have any suggestions.

Resources at LSE for students

The LSESU LGBT+ Alliance is the LSE Students' Union LGBT+ society. LSE students may join the society on their website and follow them on Facebook.

For a full list of LSE resources for students please see Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students

External resources

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

All About Trans

All About Trans aims to  change how the media understands and portrays trans people, to a greater public understanding of transgender issues and wider acceptance.

Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN)

Asexual, questioning or curious? Email: questions@asexuality.org

AVEN hosts online resources and support about and for the asexual community and friends including an FAQ


Tel: 020 7704 6767
Email: info@galop.org.uk 

Galop is London’s LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity, providing advice and support to people who have experienced biphobia, homophobia, transphobia, sexual violence or domestic abuse. Galop also supports LGBTQ people who have had problems with the police or have questions about the criminal justice system. 

Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES)

Tel: 01372 801554
Email: info@gires.org.uk

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.


InterAct work to raise intersex visibility, empowering young intersex advocates and promoting laws and policies that protect intersex youth.

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

Tel: 020 7833 1674
Email: office@londonfriend.org.uk

London Friend is a charity that provides services to improve the health and mental well-being of LGBT people. Services are delivered by trained LGBT volunteers.

National Union of Students (NUS)

Tel: 0300 303 8602
Email: customerservices@nus.org.uk

NUS has a number of downloadable LGBT resources inlcujding an LGBT Student's Handbook.

Samaritans (Central London)

Tel: 020 7734 2800
Email: jo@samaritans.org

Central London Samaritans can be contacted by phone and email and is open for visitors daily, no appointment is necessary. 


Tel: 08000 50 20 20
Email: info@stonewall.org

Stonewall works to achieve equality and justice for LGBT people and believes people perform better when they can be themselves. LSE is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and contributes to the annual Workplace Equality Index.

Stonewall has a number of downloadable workplace resources.

Switchboard - the LGBT+ helpline

Tel: 0300 330 0630
Email: chris@switchboard.lgbt 

Switchboard provides a listening service for LGBT+ people on the phone, by email and through Instant Messaging. 


Email: eqadmin@ucu.org.uk

UCU is a Union that 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.


Email: out@unison.co.uk

UNISON is a Union that fights discrimination and prejudice in the workplace on behalf of its 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. 

LSE expertise in LGBT+ issues

Do you need an expert in LGBT+ and related issues? Visit our Experts Directory:



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