LGBTQ+ Students Hub
We have created this space for student resources, guides, and essential information for students from the LGBTQ+ community. Here at NUSU, we embrace diversity on campus, and run yearly campaigns to celebratew this but we’re always striving to do better to ensure LGBTQ+ students are represented.
At the Union
NUSU wants every part of the student community to be represented and have their voice heard. That’s why we hold yearly elections to find a dedicated team of student officers, including representatives from the LGBTQ+ student body. If you encounter an issue related to your gender or sexuality, need advice or just want to talk to a friendly face, you can contact NUSU’s LGBT+ Officer and Marginalised Genders Officer.
Fancy great nights out or chilled out socials? Or maybe you’d benefit from an LGBTQ+ peer support group, or want to get stuck in with activism for LGBTQ+ rights. Why not consider joining our huge community of students in the LGBTQ+ society? We are a social and support liberation society for all LGBTQ+ students, both undergraduate and postgraduate. We run frequent socials as well as discussions and meets for specific identities to help people make friends and gain awareness on LGBTQ+ issues they may not be familiar with."
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NUSU and University policy allow you to use the bathroom of the gender you present as across campus, but we know in practice, things aren’t always so simple. Safe, gender-neutral toilets are open all day and night in the Union building, on Levels 1, -1, and in Venue. Bins for sanitary products are also available in the toilets of all genders.
When joining clubs in the Athletic Union, keep an eye out for our ‘Earn Your Stripes’ Inclusivity badges. Clubs that display this badge have actively worked to include underrepresented members, participated in positive campaigns, and appointed a welfare officer on the committee.
Thanks to our lively LGBT+ Society and our dedicated NUSU Officers, there’s always something interesting going on for LGBT+ students. Keep your eyes peeled across campus for everything from queer history talks to Trans and non-binary clothing exchanges!
If you encounter an issue related to your sexuality or gender in your academic life, the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion team exists to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive culture throughout all faculties of the University. Find out about the University’s commitment to Equality and Diversity here.
NUSU has a zero-tolerance policy with regard to harassment, bullying, and hate crime, and this absolutely includes incidents of LGBT+ discrimination. If you’ve experienced harassment because of your sexuality or gender, or you’ve witnessed a concerning incident on campus, we want to know. Head to our Report and Support page for information on how to report and get support.
With our Welfare officer hosting the legendary SHAG week every year, NUSU doesn’t shy away from talking about sexual health. Find out more on how to stay safe and prevent STDs here, or check out the information provided specifically by the LGBT+ society here.
Transitioning during Uni
At your request through S3P, the University can change your known name and gender on its systems. They will also change your official name and gender -- meaning that these can be on your degree parchment when you graduate -- if you can provide a legal name change (Deed Poll) and Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC).
Find out how to change your legal name here.
Find out how to change your legal gender here.
In the past, some students have reported difficulties in changing their gender to ‘other’ in S3P, or in getting a Uni email address to match their new name. Student wellbeing service have a dedicated member of staff to help with this - you can contact them here. If any changes you need to make aren’t running smoothly, the Union is here to help! You can contact the Student Advice Centre or your Welfare and Equality Officer.
Health & Wellbeing
If you’re experiencing emotional or mental distress, the Student Wellbeing service, located in Kings Gate, is here to help. They can provide face-to-face and phone counselling, or refer you to the services that are right for you. Click here to find out how to request support, or check out their specific advice for LGBT+ students as well as real life stories from other LGBT+ students.
- Student Minds’ website has great information on LGBT+ issues such as coming out or transitioning at university.
- MindOut, run by Mental health charity Mind provide specific online support services and confidential chatrooms for LGBT+ people experiencing mental health difficulties.
- The Albert Kennedy Trust offers help to LGBT+ 16-25 year olds who have been made homeless or are in a hostile environment as a result of their gender or sexuality.
- Switchboard’s friendly, informed LGBT+ volunteers offer support on their free, confidential helpline, 10AM - 10PM every day.