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University of Essex

October 8, 2015

National Coming Out Day

Essex-LGBT-AllianceEvery year on 11th October, National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBT individuals to live truthfully and openly. It recognises that Coming Out is one of the most important moments in the lives of an LGBT person. Each individual who speaks up changes more hearts and minds, and creates new advocates for equality.

It takes courage to trust the world with your true self.

Getting support

Below are a number of useful links creating by Stonewall offering help, advice and further support.

Essex LGBT Alliance

If you need confidential support and advice on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans issues at work you can contact Equality and Diversity at diversity@essex.ac.uk. This is a confidential email address. Please give a brief outline of your query and you will be directed to an experienced Essex LGBT Alliance member who can listen and support you.

Validium Employee Assistance programme

Alternatively you contact the Validium Employee Assistance programme. Their advisers can offer specialist advice on LGBT issues. Validium’s experience has involved helping people from all communities, including young people struggling with their own feelings about their sexuality, through to managers anxious about homophobic harassment and bullying within their department, to employees returning to work after the physical and lifestyle changes of gender reassignment.

Straight allies

According to Stonewall:  ‘Straight people have a critical role to play in creating gay-friendly workplaces.  Stonewall’s Top 100 employers routinely say that ‘straight allies’ have been key to advancing fair treatment of their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.

If you would like to be part of this initiative or if you would like more information, please email diversity@essex.ac.ukThis is a confidential email address. Or join our group on Yammer.com 

How to support LGBT staff

Understand your responsibilities. Create an inclusive working environment, empowering people to challenge inappropriate behaviours. Familiarise yourself with resources and make effective referrals for further support, advice and guidance. Have you read our How To…. guide?

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