Support and Allyship
How you can be an Ally for the LGBTQ+ Community
Gender pronouns are a means of identifying ourselves in a way other than our name. You may use someone’s gender pronouns when referring to them in conversation, and it can be a very simple way to affirm a person’s identity when speaking to them.
Adding your pronouns to your email signature will allow others to feel comfortable and recognised, and feel safer if they share theirs – you can add them after your name as below:
Your Name (she/her) (he/him) (they/them) (ze/zir)
Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK
You can also add you pronouns as a status message on teams and introduce yourself using your pronouns in meetings. If you are referring to a group of people you can also use more inclusive language, such as folks, everyone, team, rather than guys.
Policies and letters can also be written without gendered pronouns.
Rainbow lanyards are another way to show you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or you are an ally, and are available from the HR helpdesk for staff and the IT helpdesk for students and staff. The LGBTQ+ Staff Network has put together some information about what the lanyards represent, including further information about the LGBTQ+ community and some key terminology. If you have any further questions, please get in touch.
Trans/LGBTQ+ Hate posters and stickers have recently been placed on the back of toilet doors in locations around Birmingham. If you see one of these posters or stickers, please do not attempt to take it down as some of them have blades have been placed underneath, intended to harm anyone trying to remove them, please report the posters or stickers to the owner of the establishment. Fortunately, none have been seen on Aston campus, but if you do come across any, please report them to Security who will ensure they are safely removed.
Birmingham has a large LGBTQ+ community, and there are lots of opportunities outside of Aston University campus to get involved: