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This page provides information about QM Out, QM Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Staff network, including how to join the group, forthcoming meetings and events.

Welcome to QM Out! 

Celebration of IDAHOT - 2014

The Queen Mary Diversity and Equality team and QM Out (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender - LGBT Staff Network) are delighted to be participating in IDAHO, the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.  It is an annual event which is celebrated on 17 May in over 70 countries around the world every year.  The day commemorates the date on which homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1990.

The main purpose of IDAHO is to raise awareness, take action and engage in dialogue relating to homophobia and transphobia.  There are a number of events that take place internationally on this day to reflect the diverse range of social, religious, cultural and political contexts in which violations of rights occur.  Thus any positive action is encouraged on this day - please see here for more information.

As part of the celebration for IDAHO, Queen Mary will be raising the Rainbow Flag at the Queens’ Building for the second year. The Rainbow Flag is the world’s most recognised symbol of LGBT diversity.  It was designed by artist Gilbert Baker of San Francisco in 1978 and is used as a symbol of inclusiveness and hope.  The flag was designed in response to a need for a community symbol and is now used worldwide at LGBT events.

Photo published on QMUL official Facebook page

LGBT History Month - 2014

QMout organised a number of event for LGBT history month, which are listed on the event page:

Celebration of IDAHO - May 2013

QMOut and the Diversity Team organised a celebration for the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia on 17th May 2013.

The Rainbow flag was raised outside the Queen's building and the network organised an information stall and a film night.

The Principal, Professor Simon Gaskell, commented: “I am proud that QM took part in recognising IDAHO, which included the flying of the Rainbow Flag next to the Queens’ building. 
This is a good example of QM's commitment to valuing the diversity of our staff and student body, and of the communities we serve.”

When does the group meet?

The group normally meets the last Thursday of every month in the evening for a meal/drink.
Meeting to discuss group business are organised 3/4 times per year. Keep an eye on the Ebulletin for these.

What does the group do?

The group aims to be a community for LGBT staff members and their allies at Queen Mary. 
The group organises social events (both day time and evening time), awareness raising events and provide a safe space for staff members to discuss issues.

How to join the group

To be added to the staff network mailing list, please contact Rukasana Bhaijee, Diversity Coordinator,, this is the only person who has access to the list.

Terms of Reference

Please find the Term of Reference for the group by clicking here [DOC 28KB]

Benefits at QMUL

We are proud to say that all benefits (maternity, paternity, adoption and parental, leave, etc) at QMUL are inclusive for our LGBT staff.
We also offer confidential employee assistance on finance, mortgage, family, counseling, through Workplace options.
Please check the benefit page:

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