Borrower Services Librarian (McClay Library)Information Services
Sally is Borrower Services Librarian in the McClay Library, with additional responsibilities in Disability Liaison and International Support.
She is a Representative on the University's Staff Forum and co-chairs PRISM, Queen's LGBT+ staff network.
What do you do and where do you work?
I am the Borrower Services Librarian in the McClay Library, looking after the team which works on the Ground Floor during the day, evening and weekend. I am also the Library Disability Liaison Office and have responsibility for International Student Support.
I also represent Information Services on the University's Staff Forum and am also currently co-chair of PRISM.
I love to be challenged in my work!
Tell us a little about yourself – interests, hobbies, work/home life.
I live with my French partner and we have been together for 19 years. We have two grown up sons and have handled our empty nest with a wonderful Springer Spaniel who keeps us on our toes.
I am also a board member of HEReNI (the lesbian and bisexual women support organisation in Northern Ireland) and have been quite active in the Love Equality campaign.
I love walking our dog, cooking and watching rubbish on TV. I am also a keen environmentalist and make my own bees wax wraps!
What is the best thing about being LGBT at Queen's?
I love wearing my rainbow lanyard and PRISM pin badge. I am very proud of my lesbian identity and in the 25 years that I have been out, have worked hard to educate family, friends and colleagues on LGBT issues.
I have always found that if I am open and honest about my sexuality, I have been treated with respect and understanding wherever I have worked.
That Queen's are now supporting and funding the PRISM staff network is a huge step towards full normalisation and integration of LGBT staff and students in the University. Maybe soon I will no longer have to work so hard to be seen!
"It was really important to have a day to raise awareness about these issues, but then also a day to celebrate ourselves and the gay community throughout Queen's."— Queen's Staff (@QUBstaff) May 16, 2019
– Sally Bridge, Borrower Services Librarian & PRISM Joint Chair on #IDAHOTB.
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What advice would you give to an LGBT person new at Queen's?
Be proud of who you are and bring your whole self to work.
It will make you a happier person and Queen's a better place. And if you are staff – definitely join PRISM. We are doing great things!
How to join the PRISM staff network
If you would like to join the Staff LGBT+ Network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating in your email whether you would like to be invited to (a) forthcoming meetings of the Network and/or (b) events organised by the Network.
PRISM is keen to grow their membership and particularly encourages contact from any staff who identify as belonging to the LGBT+ community.
All emails will be treated in confidence.
Follow @QUBLGBTSN on Twitter for information on upcoming events and other activity.