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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.

LGBT History Month 2016

LGBT history month 2016

LGBT History Month is a national celebration and you can find out more here about events taking places across the country.

Follow LSE’s LGBT History Month activities at #LSELGBT and @LSESpectrum, and remember Spectrum is here year-round if you need us. If you’d like to join our mailing list or have a question then drop us a line at spectrum@lse.ac.uk



“LGBT History Month is celebrated in the UK in February each year and LSE’s LGBT+ staff network Spectrum and LSESU LGBT+ Alliance for students are actively supporting this. This year’s theme – Religion, Belief and Philosophy – is not only very topical, it also reflects a long history of thought and action on rights and justice for the LGBT+ community. I hope the LSE community will engage with these groups and their events so that we work, as we must, to encourage deeper understanding and an ever more inclusive School environment.”

- Professor Robin Mansell, Deputy Director and Provost

Book cover - Sexual Diversity and the Sochi 2014 Olympics: No More Rainbows by Helen Jefferson Lenskyj

LSE Review of Books: in focus - LGBT History Month

Throughout February, this popular LSE blog is throwing the spotlight on LGBT+ book reviews. Visit the LSE Review of Books to find out more.


Chris Thomas

Not Yet Over the Rainbow: event podcast and video  

Speakers from the City, the bar and the bench met at LSE on Tuesday 2 February to discuss how to overcome contemporary barriers to the advancement of LGBT+ people in the legal profession.

Missed the event? Listen to the podcast or watch the video.

William Stringfellow

William Stringfellow - a Christian, not a moralist

LSE’s EDI and History blogs have joined forces to publish a post on this year’s LGBT History Month theme, religion, belief and philosophy, by LSE Chaplain James Walters.

Discover the story of William Stringfellow, who arrived at LSE in 1949. A gay man, he was also a prominent Christian leader and lawyer, describing himself as “a Christian, not a moralist.”


Calendar: LSE and beyond

Monday 1 February - Friday 4 March

Christian Voices Coming Out - exhibition

10am-8pm, , Atrium Gallery, Old Building

Christian Voices Coming Out:  the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement is 40 years old in 2016, and with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, their archives have been preserved at the LSE, along with oral history interviews from members, friends and allies. Come and find out more about their remarkable stories. 

Wednesday 10 February

Faith, Identity and Life: a tale of two ages
6-8pm, UCL 

Three UCL students and three members of Opening Doors London (ODL) who identify as LGBTQ+ will share their experiences of faith, identity and life from a generational perspective.The event will be followed by a drinks reception. Check out UCL's programme of events.

Monday 15 February

LGBT History Month Debate
6.30-8pm, London South Bank University

In particular, this debate will be discussing the intersection of transgender/gender-nonconforming identities and faith/religion.

Tuesday 23 February

A Night at the Movies
5.30-8pm, University of Greenwich

The LGBT+ Staff Network will be showcasing a collection of short films related to the chosen theme for the year - Religion, Philosophy and Belief. 



Spectrum holds open meetings on the second Thursday of each month. There is an agenda but it's also an informal space to get together and chat. All are welcome to attend. Rooms will be announced once they are confirmed.

  • Thursday 11 February 2016, 12.30-1.30pm, NAB.8.02
  • Thursday 10 March 2016, 12.30-1.30pm, NAB.8.01 
  • Thursday 14 April 2016, 12.30-1.30pm, 32L.1.05 
  • Thursday 12 May 2016, 12.30-1.30pm, NAB.8.02 
  • Thursday 16 June 2016, 12.30-1.30pm, OLD.5.11 

Spectrum events theme

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


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.

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 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!

Read more about LSE's place in LGBT history, including the story of Spectrum, in A piece of LGBT history at LSE.


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 six 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 (Co-Chair) 

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 Chair since summer 2013.

Andra Fry

Andra Fry

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


Hayley Reed 

Hayley Reed  (Co-Chair) 

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

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:  


Tel: 020 7437 6063
Email: contact@centred.org.uk  

Centred is a community organisation in Soho to bring about equality, respect and understanding in society particularly in relation to sexuality and gender. 


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 LBTQ 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.

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.