Student and Staff Wellbeing

LGBTQA+ Support

LGBTQA+ Support

LGBTQA+ Students

Being a student, whoever you are, can be very challenging at times, whether you are finding it hard keeping to deadlines, missing home or struggling with budgeting.

We understand that LGBTQA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other gender/sexuality identities) students can potentially face additional challenges, from coming to terms with your sexuality and/or gender identity, to telling family and friends, to dealing with homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

On these pages you will find some advice and guidance for LGBTQA+ students and details of the support that is available to you.

Transgender and Non-Binary Student Support

Newcastle University Student Health and Wellbeing Services is fully dedicated to enhancing the learning, research and living experience of all students, ensuring that we are fully inclusive and supportive of all members of the University community.

We welcome all who consider themselves part of the transgender and non-binary community.  We do all we can to ensure that students identifying as transgender and non-binary are not disadvantaged. 

We recognise that initially students may wish to discuss specific support and advice without the need to approach lots of people. We provide an Initial Point of Contact (IPC) within the Student Health and Wellbeing Service who can support and advise students about their options. The IPC may also liaise with or signpost students to other parts of the University or external services as appropriate. The IPC can be contacted by email at inclusive@ncl.ac.uk

In collaboration with the Newcastle University Students’ Union, we recognise the challenges that some transgender and non-binary students may experience.  We work closely with your Students’ Union to mitigate as far as is possible the impact these challenges have on your life.

Confidential, tailored support is available for any student concerned about transgender and/or non-binary issues and we encourage you to contact your Student Union Welfare and Equality Officer and or Part-Time Officers or the Student Wellbeing Service so we can collectively explore your needs and the support options available.

We are always here!

 

Newcastle Support Groups

Nightline

Since being set up by students in Newcastle, Nightline has been listening, providing emotional support and information to students, every night during term time, 8pm-8am. Nightline is student-run and on the other end of the phone when there is no-one else you can talk to.

Telephone: 0191 261 2905 (Between 20.00-8.00)

Newcastle University Student Union LGBT+ officer

This is one of the part time officers elected annually that represents LGBTQA+ students on your student union council. The officer raises awareness around campus and works to combat homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Please feel free to contact by email if you need any advice on university related LGBTQA+ issues or is you want to see something change at university in relation to LGBTQA+ staff and students.

Newcastle University LGBT+ Society

A social and support network for all LGBT+ students at Newcastle University. The society aims to ensure that all LGBT+ students gain the most out of their time at Newcastle. The society raises awareness around campus, supports relevant campaigns and runs regular social events. Contact us by email (only the committee have access to this) or connect with us on social media:

 

LGBTQA and Faith

There are often perceived to be particular issues regarding LGBT community and various faith communities. Sometimes, this results in people feeling they cannot reconcile their sexuality with their faith, feeling they need to choose one over the other. We are aware of these issues, and you are welcome to contact the Chaplaincy Team for advice and support. We are grateful to the 'Faithbook' produced by the Manchester-based LGBT Foundation for some of the following. Some useful organisations are detailed here:

For Christians

Metropolitan Community Church is a church founded specifically for members of the LGBT community. The local branch recently changed its name to Northern Lights MCC, and meets at St James’ United Reformed Church in Northumberland Road every Sunday at 6.30pm. 

OneBodyOneFaith is the new name for the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, which is a long-standing and excellent Christian organisation. They offer resources, local groups, information and support.

The Evangelical Fellowship for Lesbian and Gay Christians, formed in 1979, is a group of women and men, most of whom are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and come from an evangelical Christian background.

Diverse Church is a group specifically for young lesbian and gay Christians, overseen by Revd Sally Hitchener, University Chaplain at Brunel University.

There is a host of other supportive Christian organisations, including Changing Attitude Inclusive Church which maintains a database of (Anglican) supportive churches.

There are also a number of denomination-specific groups, including:

For Muslims

Imaan is a LGBTQI Muslim support group.

For Jews

Jewish LGBT+ Group (formerly JGLG) is the longest established Jewish LGBT group in the world.

Keshet UK is a social action organisation founded in 2011. Its mission is to advocate for change on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) Jews in Great Britain 

For Baha’is

Gay Baha'i features stories of gay and lesbian Baha’is.  

For Buddhists

Gay Buddhist Sangha say on their website: “We strive to provide a refuge and safe place where LGBTQI people can feel supported and valued as we cultivate the practice of these teachings and learn how to use them in practical ways in our everyday lives.”

The Gay Buddhist Fellowship supports Buddhist practice in the Gay men’s community. Although based in San Francisco, they provide support for people all over the world.

For Hindus & Vaishnavas

Gay & Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA) is a nonprofit religious organisation offering positive information and support to LGBTI Vaishnavas and Hindus, their friends, and other interested persons.

For Humanists

Founded in 1979 and originally known as GALHA, LGBT Humanists is a democratic, membership organisation based in the UK with members worldwide, promoting Humanism and LGBT equality.

For Pagans

There are many different kinds of paganism. The Wellhead provides a specific section on its website for lesbians and gays. 

For Sikhs

Sarbat provides Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Sikhs.

National LGBTQ+ Support

Stonewall is the largest LGB equality organisation in Europe with a section on coming out.

FFLAG - Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons.

Telephone: 0845 652 0311

The Beaumont Society is a national self-help body run by and for the transgender community.

The Gender Trust has a membership organisation for trans people which provides a quarterly magazine and a confidential contact directory that enables members to make one to one contact with each other for mutual friendship and support.