Equality and Diversity

LGBTQ Staff Network


The University's LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning) Staff Network exists to offer all LGBTQ members of staff the opportunity to:

  • Build communication channels
  • Network both socially and professionally
  • Provide peer support; and
  • Allow for information sharing on wide range of issues


The network communicates to its members through a private google community, so if you would like to join the community please sign up here


Charshy and Tom, joint chairs of the network, can also be contacted via the network email address lgbtqstaffnetwork@port.ac.uk


Forum meeting and event dates 2018

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LGBT History Month 2018

LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) History Month takes place across the UK and around the world every February. It celebrates the lives, achievements and promotes awareness of the LGBT Community.

As part of the celebrations the University, supported by the LGBTQ Staff Forum and LGBTQ+ Student Society, are proud to be supporting a range of events throughout the month. These include:


Eldon Building lights up rainbow style
Once again, to mark support for history month, Eldon Building, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, will be lighting up the front of its main building rainbow style.



Portsmouth’s Pride LGBTQ+ Film Festival 2018
For the fourth year, the University of Portsmouth, in partnership with the Portsmouth Film Society will be screening LGBTQ related films across the month.

Day and time: Every Wednesday, screening starting at 7:30pm
Venue: Eldon (EW 1.10/1.11)
Cost: Free to University of Portsmouth students and staff

Wednesday 7 February – God’s Own Country


This film is a romantic drama in which a young man struggling with both his sexuality and the challenges of running the family sheep and cattle farm falls in love with a Romanian migrant worker employed for the lambing season. It’s a transporting, wrenchingly acted love story set in the windswept wilds of the north of England.  The film will be preceded by a launch reception at 7pm.

Wednesday 14 February – Tom Of Finland (114mins/18/Finland/Sweden/Denmark/2017)
A decorated officer returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with the persecution of homosexuals, with gay men around him being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work, made famous by his signature “Tom of Finland”, became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution.

Wednesday 21 February – In Between

Three Arab-Israeli women attempt to balance faith and tradition with their modern lives while living in the heart of Tel Aviv. Directed by Maysaloun Hamoud. The director calls this “an authentic picture of a kind of invisible life that we live here as a younger generation of Palestinians” and it’s a claim that seems to ring true. Cinema expert Dr Yael Friedman from UoP will introduce the film.

Further details can be found at the Portsmouth Film Society webpages



Global Week – Drop in to talk about LGBTQ equality in the UK

Day and Time: 1pm-3pm 21st Feb

Venue: Chaplaincy

Open to all staff and students, particularly those new to the UK.

Come talk in confidence to members of staff and students from the LGBTQ community about being LGBTQ and living, studying and working in the UK, the law and your rights.

This is one of a range of events and activities to support Global Week 2018 and full details can be found here