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Sexual Orientation

  1. News webpage
  2. University LGBTIQ+ Staff Role Model Members webpage
  3. University LGBTIQ+ Staff Network
  4. University LGBTIQ+ Allies Members webpage
  5. Stonewall LGBT Staff Workplace Equality Survey
  6. Stonewall LGBT Global Workplace Briefings per country
  7. University supports same-sex wedding ceremonies
  8. LGBT+ life and history at St Andrews
  9. ILGA map of Sexual Orientation laws in the world.
  10. ILGA Rainbow Map - annual benchmarking tool, ranking countries in Europe on their LGBTI equality laws, policies and practices for LGBTI people.

LGBT+ life at St Andrews

For over 40 years, LGBT groups at St Andrews have aimed to provide an open and safe environment for people to be who they are without fear of discrimination: www.st-andrews.ac.uk/stories/2018/lgbt-life

EHRC Equality Act (2010) protected characteristic definition:  

Whether a person's sexual attraction is towards their own sex, the opposite sex or to both sexes.

Equality Briefing on Sexual Orientation

A brief awareness paper on good practice and compliance for staff - Download: Equality Briefing on Sexual Orientation (PDF, 406 KB)

UK Gov: Advice for LGB&T tourists travelling abroad

UK Gov: Foreign travel advice - refer to 'Local laws and customs' per listed country

External local/regional groups:

National Coming Out Day: 11 October annually

All Staff are sincerely invited to complete their Diversity Monitoring data confidentially using HR Self Service voluntarily by:

  • Signing into the Self Service webpage 
  • Select 'Equal Opportunities'
  • Select 'Check your details'
  • Select 'edit these details' (for updating Disability, Ethnicity, Religion or Belief, and Sexual Orientation)
  • Once completed please select 'Submit'.  

“Coming out to others can be a hugely liberating experience and many people say it feels like a huge weight has been lifted from them.” – LGBT Youth Scotland 

“Estimated Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual population across the UK is between 5%-7%. Employees who feel their employer has an inclusive culture feel able to be themselves at work. Staff who are able to be themselves are happier at work, and more productive.” – Stonewall Coming out as an adult information 

Event: Out Thinkers @ St Andrews 

Time and date: 6.15pm-7.45pm, Tuesday 26 November 2019

Venue: Large Rehersal Room, Students' Union building

Attendees: All are welcome  

Out Thinkers @ St Andrews (in association with Pride in STEM) will showcase the talent of our LGBTIQ+ researchers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), providing a platform where people can talk about their exciting research while truly being themselves and celebrating that STEM is for everyone.  

The event is free, but please book a ticket in advance via: https://events.st-andrews.ac.uk/events/out-thinkers-st-andrews/  

This event is open to everyone, no matter your sexual orientation or gender identity, and the aim is to make the talks accessible to both science and non-science audience members.  

Our incredible LGBTIQ+ researchers will be talking about: ‘Do chimpanzees understand how others see the world? How do children’s views on fairness vary across cultures? How are human-computer interfaces changing? What are quantum materials and why are they useful? Can we harness the power of sunlight to drive chemical reactions?’ The talks will be followed by a short Q&A session, where audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and raise comments. A reception, with food and drink, will be held after the talks in the foyer on the ground floor of the building. 

Queer Question Time - 7:15pm (panel at 8pm), 4 Oct 2018, Lower Parliament Hall

Join the Union Debating Society and the Saints LGBT+ for our annual joint panel. We have a number of speakers from the LGBT+ community who are coming together to discuss some of the current issues within the LGBT+ community and surrounding culture.

Guest speakers include Patrick Harvie MSP and Reverend Scott Rennie.

All of our events are open to anybody regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Should you have any questions about the event then contact either the St Andrews Union Debating Society or the Saints LGBT+. If you are worried about attending the event alone then message the Saints LGBT+ or send an email to SaintsLGBT@st-andrews.ac.uk and we will endeavour to find an event companion for you.

St Andrews PRIDE - Saturday 7 April 2018 from 1pm 

Open to: All staff, students and the public. 

Fife's longest running PRIDE event is back and bigger than ever, with local and national business and charity partners, schools, community organisations and loads of student groups taking part. St Andrews PRIDE is a chance for the entire community to come together to show support for the LGBT+ community, supported by @univofstandrews @SaintsLGBT @standrewsunion #standrews #pride @LGBTYS @StonewallScot. The procession starts at 1pm from St Salvators Hall lawn and will be followed by a reception with live music, a bar and promotions from local business and charity partners from 2pm to 5pm in the Stage. Both are free and all are welcome.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/saintslgbt

For  the University will be facilitating the 'St Andrews Pride' through the centre of St Andrews town: Sat 11 Feb 2017, gathering at St Salvator's Quad at 11am, finishing at the Students' Union building by 2pm.

Sat 6 Feb 2016 - commencing from St. Salvator’s Quad at 12pm and begin to march at 12:30pm culminating at the Students Union (St Mary's Place), stalls from organisations in the Main Bar area from 1pm - download map: St Andrews Pride Parade 6 Feb 2016 (PDF, 745 KB)

Most LGBT Friendly Organisation for Education: University of St Andrews  

The University’s E&D Officer collected the award on behalf of the University at the ‘National LGBT Awards’ ceremony in Ayr, West Scotland on Sat evening (17 Aug 2013) beating off competition from the Scottish education sector. 

The invitation only event was open to universities and colleges across Scotland; the NHS; Scottish Police; Scottish Government funded agencies; and representatives from the Scottish Parliament. 

The award helps demonstrate the work undertaken across the University; the Students’ Union and LGBT Society, to ensure that the working and studying environments are inclusive for anyone regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation: www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/news/national-lgbt-youth-awards-2013-results

What does the term Sexual Orientation mean?

Common meaning:   Description:  Other term:
Opposite sex attraction = ‘Heterosexual’ ‘Straight’ (perceived as outdated in Scotland)
Attraction to both sexes = ‘Bisexual’ or ‘Bi’ ‘Ambisexual’
Same sex attraction = ‘Gay’ or ‘Lesbian’ ‘Homosexual’ (perceived as outdated in Scotland)
Non-sexual attraction = ‘Asexual’ ‘Non-sexual’

Awareness/Guidance:

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex or Queer (LGBTIQ).


Guide to the University of St Andrews Students' Association LGBT Society, download: Student Assoc Uni Guide to LGBT (PDF, 14,883 KB) 

11 October marks 'International Coming Out Day'.

17 May marks 'International Day Against Homophobia' when the 'World Health Organisation' made the groundbreaking decision to remove the term "homosexuality" from its list of mental disorders.  Britain named the best place in Europe for LGBT rights by the International LGBT & Intersex Association

Stonewall Scotland:

The University is proud to be working in partnership with Stonewall Scotland on their Good Practice Programme providing a list of essential resources and methods plus on our progress, refer to webpage: Stonewall Programme  

LGBT Charter Mark:
The University recently submitted its application to be awarded the Charter Mark for designing and developing LGBT inclusive staff/student policy and service provision, refer to our webpage: LGBT Charter Mark

Events

LGBT Society run by students, events open to staff: events list  

LGBT Facebook: LGBT History Month events held in Feb 2013.

'Queer Question Time' on 20 Feb 2013 jointly hosted by the LGBT Society and Union Debating Society, an informative and interesting panel discussion on LGBT issues in Lower Parliament Hall, refer to the Podcast on Star Radio

'LGBT Meet and Greet' held on 12 Sep 2012 in the SU, open to all staff and students providing a great opportunity to learn more about the LGBT community at the University, plus meeting the reps from 'LGBT Scotland', an organisation the University has been successfully working in partnership with for the 'LGBT Charter Mark'.

'LGBT Film Festival' was held on 13-17 April 2012 at the ByreTheatre organised by the University LGBT Society screening a medley of international LGBT films:

G-Fest programme (PDF, 1,618 KB) ‌‎‌

G-Fest programme 

'Queer Question Time' was held at the University to discuss issues affecting the LGBT community, on Friday, 17 February 2012, 8pm-10:30pm, organised by the LGBT Society: www.saintsLGBT.co.uk

'LGBT Members of Staff Coffee Evening' was held on Tuesday 29 November 2011, 7pm-9pm, organised by the LGBT Society President.  

Queer Question Time - 7:15pm (panel at 8pm), 4 Oct 2018, Lower Parliament Hall

Join the Union Debating Society and the Saints LGBT+ for our annual joint panel. We have a number of speakers from the LGBT+ community who are coming together to discuss some of the current issues within the LGBT+ community and surrounding culture.

Guest speakers include Patrick Harvie MSP and Reverend Scott Rennie.

All of our events are open to anybody regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Should you have any questions about the event then contact either the St Andrews Union Debating Society or the Saints LGBT+. If you are worried about attending the event alone then message the Saints LGBT+ or send an email to SaintsLGBT@st-andrews.ac.uk and we will endeavour to find an event companion for you.

Contact

Human Resources

University of St Andrews
Walter Bower House

Guardbridge
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 0US
Scotland, United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1334 463096