International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia (#IDAHOBIT) - Tuesday, 17th May 2022
Page updated 13 May 2022
UCD Statement of Support for Our LGBTQI+ Communities
In response to recent attacks on members of LGBTQI+ communities in Ireland the co-chairs of the UCD LGBTI Staff Network issued the Statement below to members of the Network. UCD has no tolerance for homophobia and transphobia of any kind and, through education, research, engagement, supports and the promotion of allyship seeks to support LGBTQI+ communities at UCD and in wider society. UCD is supporting International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism & Transphobia (#IDAHOBIT) - Tuesday, 17th May 2022 with a range of resources and actions detailed on our website.
Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Message from Niamh Nestor and John Gilmore, Co-Chairs - UCD LGBTI Staff Network
“Dear friends and colleagues,
The past few days have brought into sharp focus the worst fears we have as members of LGBTQI+ communities.
The heinous and violent attacks which we have become aware of this week are examples of the most extreme and visceral manifestations of homophobia. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of Michael Snee and Aidan Moffitt
and with LGBTQI+ people across the country impacted by the news of their deaths. We send our solidarity also to Evan Somers who was beaten up this week in a homophobic attack in Dublin city centre.
We know that violent attacks like those reported on this week are inextricably linked to a wider acceptance or tolerance of homophobia and transphobia across society. As a Network, we commit to continue to challenge homophobia and transphobia in all its forms.
Should people require support, please note the staff wellbeing supports available at UCD https://www.ucd.ie/hr/a-z/mentalhealthsupports/, as well as the National LGBT helpline 1800 929 539.
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones.
Niamh and John"
Read the Niamh and John's post on the EDI Blog "Inclusion Never Stops."
UCD is committed to ensuring that our University community is LGBTI inclusive. We all have a responsibility to create an inclusive University culture that reflects UCD’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy. You can put this commitment into practice by being visible in your support for LGBTI inclusion in UCD. This lets colleagues and students know that they can feel free to be themselves and share their sexual orientation, gender identity or that they are intersex with you. This day raises awareness of discrimination and violence against LGBTI people worldwide.
What Can you Do to Support #IDAHOBIT?
Raising awareness of IDAHOBIT lets your colleagues know that you are against the discrimination and violence of LGBTI people. UCD has provided Top Ten Tips to encourage UCD employees to visibly and proactively show their support for the inclusion of LGBTI staff and students in the University Community.
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After your name in your email signature, include your pronouns [she/her, he/him, they, them]. For example:
- Dr J. Bloggs [she/her] what's this?
- Associate Professor, School of Medicine,
- University College Dublin
The policy and guidelines affirm diverse gender identities and provides resources and guidance for employees to provide trans students and staff should they require your support.
Read more about gender identity and expression (opens new window).
Request UCD’s LGBTI Initiatives and Policies, LGBTI Staff Network, LGBT Student Society are included on your School/Unit’s website.
It is against the law to discriminate directly or indirectly against a person on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The Employment Equality Acts (2015) outlaw discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Gender Identity Act 2015 provides a process enabling trans people achieve full legal recognition of their preferred gender and allows for the acquisition of a new birth certificate that reflects that change.
An inclusive culture requires us to not be bystanders. Respond to anti-LGBTI or biased comments, so-called banter or innuendo when you encounter it.
This might mean providing an alternative and more inclusive viewpoint or querying a negative comment in a conversation and challenging biased opinions or perceptions of LGBTI people. In some instances, it may mean talking to the person one-to-one rather than in a group.
It could be highlighting UCD’s commitment to LGBTI inclusion in the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Strategy, UCD’s Gender Identity and Expression Policy, UCD's Dignity & Respect Policy or the laws that protect LGBTI people in Ireland. Foster an inclusive culture by having a zero tolerance for anti -LGBTI language and biases. Everyone has a responsibility to foster and maintain a welcoming, affirmative and inclusive culture for all staff.
Supports for Students:
Supports for Employees:
- LGBTI Staff Network
- Dignity and Respect Policy Contact Persons
- HR Partners
- Employee Assistance Programme
Report and Support Tool:
The UCD Dignity and Respect Service is a dedicated service to support students, employees and the UCD community members involved in issues of bullying, harassment and sexual misconduct. This service provides information and a listening ear. Those wishing to use the service may drop in or make an appointment by emailing email@example.com or calling 01 716 7716.
UCD is a diverse community of colleagues and students. Don't assume everyone is heterosexual or that their gender identity corresponds with their birth sex.
Consider using neutral language. Asking about a partner rather than a wife/husband girlfriend/boyfriend. Catch yourself if you find you are reverting to stereotypes or biases about LGBTI people. Take a moment to enhance your knowledge of inclusive terminology. Explore this glossary of terms.
- Join the LGBTI Staff Network (The network is open to both LGBTI employees and colleagues who are not LGBTI and are often referred to as ‘straight allies’ and want to show their support for LGBTI inclusion. The network holds a mixture of initiatives, some of which are open to all staff and some which are intended for LGBTI employees.
- Visibly Celebrate a LGBTI awareness day (E.g. LGBTI History Month (February), IDAHOBIT (May), Pride Month (June), Intersex Awareness Day (October) Transgender Awareness Week (November)
A list of important dates for cultural and religious festivals can be found on our Diversity Calendar page.
- Attend University LGBTI Inclusion webinars and events published in UCD’s Ezine
If a colleague or student ‘comes out’/ discloses their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex to you, thank them for sharing this with you. Don’t share this information with anyone else unless you have checked with the person that it is okay with them.
Whether you are a senior leader or an early career colleague, you can lead by example and positively influence UCD’s culture. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes or ask for support.
No one person has all the answers or can drive LGBTI inclusion alone. Ask for help, connect with your College/School/Unit Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the University EDI Unit for further support.
How to Report Incidents
UCD is committed to the promotion of an environment for work and study which upholds the dignity and respect of the individual and which supports every individual’s right to study and/or work in an environment which is free of any form of harassment, intimidation or bullying. If you need to report a incident occurred in UCD, you have a range of options, both formal and informal, and supports:
- Dignity & Respect Support Service
- Report and Support Tool (anonymous reporting)
- Dignity & Respect in UCD - Policies and Procedures, formal and informal (to report harassment on the ground of sexual orientation or gender)
- Grievance Policy for employees (to report discrimination incidents)
- Mediation (independent)
- Student Advisers (for students)