LGBT+ Staff Network

Welcome to PRISM-the LGBT+ Staff Network page

The purpose of PRISM is to provide a safe, welcoming space for LGBT+ staff in Queen's to regularly meet during work hours, to discuss LGBT+ issues, work matters and to plan social events on and off campus.

This Network is one way in which the University can help demonstrate its commitment to equality, diversity, inclusion and respect for all staff - regardless of their sexual orientation - and  support LGBT+ staff in the following ways:

  • Through the delivery of the University's Equality Scheme Action Plan which demonstrates its commitment to promoting equal opportunities and good relations.
  • By developing relationships with other LGBT+ friendly employers on and off campus (please see below!).
  • By helping coordinate and organise staff attendance at LGBT+ events associated with Belfast Pride each year. 
  • By identifying LGBT+ and Straight Allies as role models and points of contact for our staff. 
  • By raising awareness of LGBT+ issues and supporting staff training and information sessions each year.
  • By working alongside, supporting and advising management and staff on LGBT+ workplace issues.
  • By working alongside other employers in Northern Ireland as part of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Network and the Working With Pride Network in the Greater Belfast Area.
  • By working alongside community support organisations such as The Rainbow Project and SAIL NI.

             (Queen's staff, partners, spouses, friends and families supporting Belfast Pride Parade 2018)

Forthcoming Meetings of PRISM

  • Friday 31 August 2018, 14:00-15:30, Main Site Tower-School of Law
  • Friday 28 September 2018, 14:00-15:30, Main Site Tower-School of Law
  • Friday 26 October 2018, 14:00-15:30, Main Site Tower-School of Law
  • Friday 30 November 2018, 14:00-15:30, Main Site Tower-School of Law
  • Thursday 13 December 2018, 15:30-17:00, Main Site Tower-School of Law

Calendar of events and key dates

Date Event Description Location 
 1 September 2018 Pride in Newry Parade More information at /PrideInNewry/  Newry
 7 September 2018 Workplace Equality Index closes for submissions    UK
 TBC Alternative Family Week Help to raise awareness about different families and exploring was for LGBT people to start a family.  Global
 23 September 2018  Bi Visibility Day Celebrating bi identities and highlighting biphobia since 1999.  Global
 9 October 2018 Northern Ireland Diversity Champions Seminar The second in our 2018/19 series of seminars in Northern Ireland will examine how to develop an inclusive LGBT staff network.  Belfast
 11 October 2018

International Coming out Day

Founded in 1988 to celebrate coming out as LGBT or as an ally.  International Coming Out Day empowers individuals to be themselves.  Global
 13-20 October 2018 Hate Crime Awareness Week Started in 1995, in direct response to the murder of Stephen Lawrence, to raise awareness and promote local support for the victims of hate crime.  UK
 (October) Month-Long  Black History Month A month to celebrate those whose contributions to society have often been marginalised.  Recognise the diversity of the LGBT community and profile black LGBT role models.  UK
 8-17 November 2018 Outburst Queer Arts Festival The 12th Annual OUTBURST, Queer Arts Festival is a celebration of queer art and peformance in Belfast and Northern Ireland.  More information available at  Belfast
13-17 November 2018 Trans Awareness Week Raising the visibility of trans people and addressing the issues these communities still face.  Global
20 November 2018 Trans Day of Remembrance A day to memorialise those killed, and raise public awareness of hate crimes against trans people.  Global
22 November 2018 - 22 December 2018 Disabilty History Month This month creates a platform for disabilty history to be heard, seen, accepted and celebrated in the mainstream.  Think about the intersections of LGBT and disabled identities.  UK
1 December 2018 World Aids Day An opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Global
8 December 2018 Pansexual Pride Day A day to celebrate pansexual identities. Global
10 December 2018 Human Rights Day A day to commemorate the UN's adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which turns 70 this year. Global


All Staff Training (LGBT+)  




Transgender Equality Staff Training (SAIL NI)

Friday 2 March 2018

12.30-2pm 0G/010 School of Law

LGBT+ Staff Training (The Rainbow Project)

Tuesday 13 March 2018

12-2pm in the Senate Room

LGBT+ Staff Training (The Rainbow Project)

Thurs 12 April 2018

12-2pm in the Senate Room

Transgender Equality Staff Training (SAIL NI)

Tuesday 12 June 2018

12.30-2pm 0G/09 School of Law

Transgender Equality Staff Training (SAIL NI)

Wed 19 September 2018

12.30-2pm 0G/010 School of Law

LGBT+ Staff Training (The Rainbow Project)

Thurs 11 October 2018

12-2pm 0G/10 School of Law


Contact us

If you are interested in obtaining further information on PRISM, contact us by email on or by phone on 02890 973039.

twitter If you use twitter please follow @QUBLGBTSN for information on events and meetings.

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