Discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students continues
Report from ‘the Forum’ reveals ongoing issues 8 years after ECU research first exposed concerns
A report, Pride and Prejudice in Education released last week by the Forum for sexual orientation and gender identity equality in post school education (of which ECU is a member), has discovered ongoing discrimination of staff and students. It calls on universities and colleges to provide good quality training and support for staff. It also recommends that institutions develop an inclusive curriculum, have zero tolerance for harassment of LGBT+ students and take action to prevent students dropping out due to discrimination.
ECU research ‘Experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans staff and students in higher education: research report 2009’ revealed that higher education institutions provided a positive space for many LGBT staff students. But it also revealed that LGBT staff and students suffered discrimination and harassment because of their sexuality and gender identity. We recommended that HEIs engaged with LGBT communities and reviewed how they provided support for, and addressed discrimination against LGBT staff and students.
Clare Pavitt, Senior Policy Adviser at ECU, talking about the Forum’s report ‘Pride and prejudice in education’ said:
‘The experiences of LGBT+ staff in higher education appear to have improved from when we conducted similar research in 2008. However, there are still significant concerns that need addressing. The fact staff are still suffering physical attacks because of their sexual orientation is unacceptable. The recommendations in this report are sensible and achievable and ECU will work with higher education institutions to help them be delivered.’