We Value Identity
Bangor University welcomes all students who identify as LGBTQ+. We aim to provide a safe space for you to fully express your sexual orientation and/or gender identity. We are also, fully committed to promoting a supportive environment that is free from harassment and discrimination. We wish for LGBTQ+ students to have the best university experience and this is covered in our Student Harassment Policy and our Trans Student Equality Policy. Visit our web page Share and Support for more information if you have experienced any form of harassment.
What is LGBTQ+?
LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer/Questioning and along with Heterosexual they describe people's sexual orientation or gender identity. Whilst these terms are commonly used, not everyone identifies with one of these categories, therefore Bangor University recognises everyone’s right to self-identify.
Support & Advice
The Student Equality and Diversity Officer
Helen Munro, the Student Equality and Diversity Officer is a central specialised contact of support for LGBTQ+ students requiring advice, guidance or support.
The Wellbeing Service
The Wellbeing Service is part of the Student Support and Wellbeing Service based within Student Services. We have professionally qualified counsellors, mental health professionals and information specialists that are experienced in helping students to deal with all kinds of practical and emotional issues such as study related matters, trauma, relationships, emotional regulation, mental health disability related issues, accessibility, harassment, inclusion and much more.
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Bangor LGBTQ+ Society
The university has an active LGBT+ society which runs various activities for students. All students are welcome to join, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression and the aim of the group is to provide a safe and welcoming environment for members of the LGBT+ community. The society also run campaigns and collaborates with other societies and university departments to provide and develop services. Look out for all of the events and campaigns and find more information on the Undeb Bangor website.
Watch Rebecca's Story, a short film about the experience of coming out to friends and family and then coming to Bangor University and joining the LGBT+ society.
Staff and Post-graduate LGBTQ Network
The Bangor University staff and post-graduate LGBTQ Network is open to anyone who works at Bangor University and any postgraduate students who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer or questioning, plus friends and allies of our community.
UNDEB Bangor Council LGBT+ Students Councillor and Trans Students Councillor
The Undeb Bangor Council is the body within the Undeb Bangor which exists to debate ideas in relation to its policies, campaigns and political activity, ideas relative to its opportunities or for the development of the student experience at Bangor. It is also a forum where Bangor students can hold their elected union officers and councillors to account.
The council is made up of student members occupying a number of specialist roles including an LGBT+ Students Undeb Bangor Councillor and a Trans Students Undeb Bangor Councillor. If you are interested in becoming an Undeb Bangor Councillor please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesbian – Can be used to describe a person who identifies as a woman and is sexually and/or romantically attracted to others who identify as women.
Gay – Can be used to describe a person who identifies as a man and is sexually and/or romantically attracted to others who identify as men.
Bisexual – Can be used to describe a person who is sexually and/or romantically attracted to both men and women.
Trans – Can be used to describe a person who does not identify with the gender they were assigned at birth or does not identify with binary gender categories of male and female.
Gender Identity – Refers to whether a person feels male, female, or does not identify with binary gender categories (regardless of the gender they were assigned at birth).
Advance HE have a number of resources including case studies of Trans students’ university experiences.
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBT+ young people.
It's Pronounced Metrosexual provides further information and useful online resources on sexuality and gender identity.
GIRES (Gender Identity Research and Education Society) provides information for the Trans community including a number of educational booklets
This diagram from the website 'It's Pronounced Metrosexual' may help your understanding of gender.