From using more inclusive language in our policies to celebrating LGBT STEM Day, I am proud of the work going on to help LGBTQ+ people feel a real sense of belonging to our Imperial community. However, we still have a long way to go, and I know that more can be done to boost LGBTQ+ inclusion. We will continue supporting our staff and students so that they feel visible and valued."
Professor Stephen Curry
Assistant Provost for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Imperial is committed to creating a culture where LGBTQ+ people feel welcome, included, and fully able to be themselves. To deliver on this commitment, a key part of our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, we want to help everyone at the College to better understand the experiences and challenges of the LGBTQ+ members of our community.
These webpages have been created in support of all of our LGBTQ+ staff and students as well as anyone who would like to become a more active LGBTQ+ ally. You might want to read about the importance of language, respecting pronouns, or how to update your title on ICIS.
Whether you are LGBTQ+ or an ally, you can also join Imperial 600, the College's network for LGBTQ+ staff and postgraduate students, to keep up to date on LGBTQ-related events, news, and opportunities.
Imperial is proud to be a member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions Programme. Through this programme, we can work with Stonewall to better understand how we can ensure LGBTQ+ staff and students are accepted without exception at the College. We can also benchmark how we are doing. In the 2020 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, Imperial significantly improved its score and now ranks 142 out of 503 employers.
How to be an ally
Using the correct pronouns for someone is one of the most basic ways of showing respect for them. We encourage all Imperial staff to share their pronouns with their colleagues if they feel comfortable doing so, but nobody should ever be forced to share their pronouns if they do not wish to.