Always having been an open person, none of my friends or family seemed surprised when I officially ‘came out’ in my late 20s. I’m incredibly lucky to not have had any negative experiences as a result of being part of the LGBT+ community and feel so well supported at both Oxford Saïd, and as a member of the wider University community.
I thought it was important to become an LGBT+ Role Model to hopefully allow other people to have the same supportive, welcoming experience that I have, and to never feel like they can’t be themselves within our University. I know I had no concerns about coming out in such a hugely supportive community, when maybe I hadn’t previously due to not feeling 100% confident I would be as accepted.
I am a trained mentor and would be happy to mentor LGBT+ members of staff within the University, especially admin/support staff. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s to the Rainbow Revolution!