In August, Wales marks Pride Cymru, an annual opportunity to celebrate the diversity and inclusiveness we have in here, particularly within our LGBTQ+ community. Wales has a long history of supporting equality with the LGBTQ+ community, and it’s still the case today. Like many organisations, businesses, and communities, Welsh universities are committed to making their institutions a safe place for everyone.
Equality for All
Across Wales, universities have released statements or plans towards providing a safe and welcoming experience for all. Similarly, many universities have signed up to Stonewall UK’s Diversity Champion Scheme, to support students and staff to feel comfortable expressing themselves and feeling included and welcome.
The Welsh Government has recently repeated its pledge to making Wales a more inclusive and LGBTQ+ friendly country for everyone that lives here.
Joining the Local Community
When you arrive at your university, there will be lots of activities going on during the welcome period, where you can join societies and sports clubs, and meet new people. Every university in Wales has an LGBTQ+ Society ready to welcome you to the local community and help you settle into your new home.
Find out more about the societies across Wales, and how you can join here:
Students from across the world have come to Wales because of our welcoming culture and people. One of them, Kaleigh, who identifies as LGBTQ+ felt unable to be open about their sexual orientation in the US, but since coming to Swansea to study Psychology and Criminology feels accepted for who they are.
LGBTQ+ History Month
Every February, institutions across Wales celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month, a worldwide recognition of the achievements and milestones in the history of the community. Universities across Wales mark this with events, raising flags across campus, and celebrating LGBTQ+ students and staff as role models. Keep an eye on your university’s social media closer to February to see how they mark this very special campaign!