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LGBT+ Staff Network

LGBTQ+ Staff Network

The King's LGBQT+ Staff Network was established to support and represent staff members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and other non-binary gender identities and sexual minorities within the university.

Our mission is to use our voice to help everyone feel a shared responsibility to increase their understanding of diversity in our communities, through building coalitions with identity groups. Through raising visibility and awareness of diversity and inclusion issues, the LGBQT+ Staff Network will promote respect and work with internal and external partners to help engage, empower and develop LGBTQ+ people in the King’s community to be catalysts for change at King’s.

The network is currently led by two chairpersons, each with a particular area of focus for its running and development:

Kirsty McLaren (Community)
Widening Participation Officer 

Our Aims
  • Assist with policy development on LGBTQ+ issues within KCL by providing advice and feedback to the Diversity & Inclusion and HR teams.

  • Engage key stakeholders in the LGBTQ+ Staff Network and to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues at KCL.

  • Provide advocacy and support to LGBTQ+ staff through encouragement, mentoring, coaching and development.

  • Provide opportunities to network at social and educational events, and to network with other groups, such as the King’s BME Network, LGBTQ+ Student Society and women’s networks, to share information and best practice.

  • Provide advocacy and support to LGBTQ+ staff through encouragement, mentoring, coaching and development.

  • Provide advocacy and support to LGBTQ+ staff through encouragement, mentoring, coaching and development.

  • Work towards the elimination of unlawful discrimination, harassment, victimisation, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying and bias in the workplace.

Join us!

Any member of King’s staff can join the network, whether you identify as LGBTQ+ or you’re a straight ally.

Simply email the network email address - - to be kept updated on the network’s news and events. You can also join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Get Involved!

Are you a social media guru?

Do you love events planning?

Do you have a perspective into an area of LGBTQ+ life and culture you’d love to share?

The network can only be as good as the contributions of its members! Though we have two chairpersons leading the network, we will always welcome offers to get involved from all network members. Whether you have a new idea you would like to bring to the network or you would like to support our existing activities, get in touch.

Future calls for applications to official committee roles will be communicated through our newsletters. Please email to be added to the mailing list.


We run social and community events each month that engage our members in fun, thought and provide the opportunity to give back. Past events include Pub Quizzes, charity fundraisers, seminars and other occasions to make connections with members of the LGBTQ+ network. 

You can find our upcoming events on our Eventbrite page.   

Drop in sessions

Just fancy a chat? Join us at our cross-campus monthly Drop-In sessions to learn more about the Network and meet some friendly faces: 

22nd January (Guy’s) – Hodgkin Building Large Committee Room  

18th March (Waterloo) – James Clerk Maxwell Building Room 5.15 

April (Denmark Hill) – Room TBC 

May (Strand) – Room TBC 

June (Waterloo) – Room TBC 

July (Guy’s) – Room TBC 

Buddy System

Have you ever wanted to attend an event, but haven't known if you'll see a familiar face? Or do you just want to meet more members of the King's LGBTQ+ Network?

We operate a 'Buddy System' to make sure as many of us as possible enjoy the events on offer and connect with one another.

It works like this:

  • If an event is listed on our newsletter with the tag [Buddy!], it means a friendly member of the network has agreed to be a point of contact to meet you prior to the event.

  • If you want to meet the buddy at the event, email and we will put you in touch. The named buddy's details won't be named publicly.

  • Any member of the King's LGBTQ+ Network can volunteer to be a buddy for any upcoming event. Simply drop an email to to let us know!

Other LGBT+ Networks
LGBT Staff Forum (for NHS Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff)

If you are affiliated with Guy’s or St Thomas’ and are interested in events and activities for the LGBT community, email to join their mailing list.

King's LGBT Society (for students)

Students interested in LGBT issues should contact the King's LGBT Society.

Queer @ King's

King’s College hosts its own interdepartmental and interdisciplinary research group which hosts regular meetings on aspects of gender and sexuality known as Queer@King’s.

Find out more about: Queer@King’s



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