Cardiff University’s network group, Enfys, has done a huge amount of work to promote LGBT inclusion over the past year.
Alongside providing confidential support and completing policy reviews, they have organised dozens of events – from networking for all members, to awareness-raising sessions marking LGBT History Month and Trans Day of Remembrance.
Bi and Trans reps feature on the network’s committee to ensure that its work and events are as inclusive as possible. The LGBT experiences shared by the network with the wider university demonstrate a similar commitment to representing diverse LGBT identities: in the past year they have featured the stories of young, older, BAME, and disabled LGBT people, among others.
The network has also set up mentoring and reverse mentoring schemes to upskill LGBT staff and raise awareness of issues faced by LGBT people among senior leaders. They’ve also taken a collaborative approach to working, for example providing space to Glitter Cymru, the local BAME LGBT+ group, for their monthly meetings.
Networks can be so many things: a unique type of support, a social network, a chance to step up and get involved, and an opportunity for allies to learn.
When someone gets in touch to say that they’ve been helped or they’re now able to be the person they really are, it makes all the hard work worthwhile.”