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Out at Cambridge: Investigating  LGBTQ+ identity disclosure at the University of Cambridge

Researchers: Prof. Sarah Franklin (PI), Elisabeth Sandler, MSc, MPhil

The 2018 Stonewall Report on discrimination towards LGBTQ+ students at British universities suggests that 42% disguise or conceal their LGBTQ+ identities due to fear of hostile or unwelcome reactions to disclosure. Based on this report, we want to explore how students and staff at the University of Cambridge manage their LGBTQ+ identities within the university community.

In order to find out more about factors that contribute to comfort and discomfort to disclose, the meaning given to ‘being out’ at the University of Cambridge, and individual as well as institutional consequences of LGBTQ+ disclosure and concealment, researcher Elisabeth Sandler conducted 55 semi-structured interviews. These interviews are currently transcribed and analysed. Some of these initial findings were presented to the public on Friday the 17th of May. 

This research will be used to pursue policy change at the university to make Cambridge a safer space and to keep supporting and enabling resources that already make a difference to LGBTQ+ identifying students and staff. 

The report was published in October 2019. You can read it here.

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lgbtQ+@cam is an initiative launched by the School of Humanities & Social Sciences in 2018 to promote research, outreach and network building related to queer, trans and sexuality studies at the University of Cambridge.

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