17 May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHoBIT), and the theme for 2022 is ‘Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights’. The day is marked worldwide, including in 37 countries where same sex acts are still illegal. It was created in 2004 to raise awareness of the violence and discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, including all people who have diverse gender identities or gender expressions.
The date of 17 May was chosen for IDAHoBiT as this was the date in 1990 when the World Health Organisation finally declassified homosexuality as a mental illness. Despite this, LGBT+ people across the world continue to face hate, discrimination and violence.
You join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #IDAHoBiT.
Angels of Freedom
Angels of Freedom will be marking IDAHoBiT with an event on Saturday 14 May. The event brings together a number of LGBT+ community groups and organisations and all are invited to join them on the day to chat about their social and support activities in Leeds. It is a drop in event and there is no need to book. You can find out more on Angels of Freedom’s Facebook Events page.
Leeds LGBTQ Community Consortium
Leeds LGBTQ Community Consortium will be holding a ‘Wheel and Walk’ session in Roundhay Park, between 12-1.30 on Tuesday 17 May. This is a gentle walk along a wheelchair accessible route, taking in beautiful views of parkland, lakes, woodland and gardens, giving an opportunity to walk and have a chat with other LGBTQ+ identifying people. The group will meet outside the Lakeside Cafe at 12 noon, and there is further information on their eventbrite page
Leeds Queer Film Festival
Leeds Queer Film Festival returns in 2022, running from 20-22 May. It will be held at the Centre for Live Art Yorkshire on 1-2 Regent Street, Leeds. You can find out more about the event, including a programme of events and information on how to book tickets on the Leeds Queer Film Festival website. A number of films will also be shown online.
Leeds LGBT+ Book Club
Leeds LGBT+ Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month to read and discuss books written by LGBT+ authors or with LGBT+ themes, both fiction and non fiction. For more information, including their reading list, please see their website.
Reporting homophobia, biphobia and transphobia at the University
The University of Leeds believes that every member of staff and every student should be treated with dignity and respect, and has the right to work, study and be taught in a supportive environment that is free from harassment, bullying and victimisation.
The University Policy on Dignity and Mutual Respect is the University’s policy against bullying, harassment and victimisation. This document outlines complaints procedures for staff and students, along with sources of advice and support.
Societies and Networks
If you would like to contact the LGBT+ Staff Network, you can find more information and details of activities and events here:
If you are a student and would like to join the Leeds University Union LGBT+ Society, you can find information about activities and how to join here:
The Trans/Non-binary/Intersex staff meet-up group is open to PGR students and staff. For further details, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBT+ Role Models and Allies
Read more about the University’s inspirational LGBT+ Role Models and Allies here:
If you would like to be featured as a Role Model or an Ally yourself, you will find a form to fill in on the site. You can also contact the LGBT+ Staff Network or the Equality & Inclusion Unit if you would like more information.
Support for LGBT+ people during the pandemic
LGBT HERO is a national health and wellbeing charity for LGBT+ people. They provide information on all health issues affecting the LGBT+ community including a wealth of information on support during the pandemic.
There is a summary of useful and LGBT+ relevant resources available on the EIU coronavirus web page. Please share these resources with your networks.
Support within the University
- LUU Student Help & Support
- University Equality & Inclusion Co-ordinators
- University Equality & Inclusion policies
- Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service
- Staff Counselling and Psychological Support Service
Other organisations which can provide support and information:
- Gendered Intelligence – a charity working with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives
- Stonewall – providing information and support for everyone in the LGBT+ community
- LGBT Foundation – the UK’s largest health and community charity supporting the needs of LGBT+ people
- Non-Binary Leeds – peer-led support and social group for non-binary people in Leeds and the surrounding areas
- Trans Leeds – Leeds based support group for Transgender, Non-Binary and Gender Non-Conforming people
- GIRES – an organisation working to improve the lives of trans and non-binary people, their friends, families and colleagues
- Proud ‘N’ Diverse – non-profit LGBTQI+ support and social group based in Leeds City Centre