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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.  


Queering the African City: Johannesburg & Nairobi

Thursday 2 June 2016, 6.30-8pm, TW2.9.04

Spectrum and LSE Cities public event

Speaker: Mark Gevisser

Discussant: Dr Andrew Van Der Vlies

Chair: Professor Deborah James

Mark Gevisser is one of South Africa's most celebrated writers and journalists. Notable works include Defiant Desire: Gay and Lesbian Lives in South Africa (1994), co-edited with Edwin Cameron, and Thabo Mbeki: The Dream Deferred (2007). Mark will be reading sections from his recent work, Lost and Found in Johannesburg: a Memoir  (2014), and 'Walking Girly in Nairobi', his contribution to a new anthology of African writing, entitled Safe House: Explorations in Creative Nonfiction  (2016). 

The event will be chaired by Professor Deborah James, Professor of Anthropology at LSE. Dr Andrew van der Vlies, Reader in Anglophone Literature and Theory at Queen Mary, University of London, will engage Mark in discussion before taking questions from the audience. 

 Mark Gevisser event flyer

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. The next meeting is:

  • Thursday 16 June 2016, 12.30-1.30pm, OLD.5.11 


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.

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

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.


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 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

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

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

LSE expertise in LGBT+ issues

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

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.

Broken Rainbow

Tel: 0300 999 5428 (in case of emergency dial 999)
Email: Help@brokenrainbow.org.uk

Broken Rainbow is an LGBT domestic violence charity.


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.


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. 




Stonewall Diversity Champion