LGBTQ students

Welcome to the University of Birmingham and to an exciting city with lots of opportunities to be involved with the LGBTQ community.

Have a look at some of what is available for you here in Birmingham! Whatever your need, there is someone to talk to, support you, give you information. Come and meet other supportive people as you begin your studies.

Being LGBTQ+ at UoB

Read about Sophie's (American and Canadian Studies) experiences of being LGBTQ+ at university, and on her year abroad in Canada.

MyBham: Being gay at the University of Birmingham


Video transcript

Richard: The reason why I chose the University of Birmingham was for its excellent to staff, resources and facilities to LGBTQ students. This is shown in the feedback given to the university by LGBTQ organisations. 

Diva magazine rated us in the top five of universities to study if you’re an LGBTQ student. We also scored 9 out of 10 on the Gay by Degree University Guide for Stonewall.

Ben: When I wasn’t busy studying on campus, I’d spend a lot of my time in places like here in the Loft Lounge, just off Hurst Street and right in the heart of Birmingham’s Gay Village. One of the largest gay villages in the country, there are pubs, clubs and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets, not to mention the huge yearly Gay Pride Weekend and the largest gay prom in the country.

Here I am with Hurst Street’s Rhinestone Rhino, an iconic symbol of gay history, and the LGBTQ community in Birmingham isn’t all about the partying, there's plenty of leisure support and community groups available as well, such as the Birmingham Blades football team, the Moseley Shoals swimming club and the Rainbow Voice choir – not to mention our brand new LGBT Health and Wellbeing Centre.

Richard: Back on campus I’m here with members of the LGBTQ Association. They meet each Wednesday, 12 till 3.

The University of Birmingham is an excellent place to study, with support, resources and facilities for LGBTQ students. So make Birmingham your number one choice to study and enjoy yourself. Thanks for watching.

LGBTQ+ Groups

The Guild of Students' LGBTQ+ Association represents those who consider themselves to have a minority sexual/romantic orientation and/or gender identity, bringing students together through social events and campaigns.

PhD students are welcome to join the University of Birmingham Rainbow Network, which provides a safe space for staff and PhD students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or questioning, as well as friends and allies of these communities, to meet and develop contacts across the University.

LGBT Mentoring

Careers Network offer LGBT Mentoring support as part of the Careers Network Mentoring scheme, open to all LGBT students. Our LGBT mentors aim to support students by gaining advice on how to be happy and fulfilled as an out lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or queer employee. Now well-established in the University, as far as we know it is the only such university support scheme in the UK, run jointly by the Equality and Diversity team, the Guild's LGBTQ Association, Careers Network and Sean Russell Consulting.

Other resources

The Birmingham LGBT Centre advocates for and supports lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities in Birmingham and beyond, with a range of services focused on the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Birmingham Pride, the UK's largest two-day pride festival, takes place each spring.

Find out more about the University's approach to student equality and diversity.

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