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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 Report

The 2018 Stonewall Report on discrimination towards LGBTQ+ students at British universities suggested that 42% disguise or conceal their LGBTQ+ identities due to fear of hostile or unwelcome reactions to disclosure. Based on this report, we wanted 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 in Spring 2019. The report was then published in October 2019.

This report is being used to encourage policy and welfare changes to make universities and other workplaces safer spaces and to keep supporting and enabling resources that already make a difference to LGBTQ+ identifying students and staff. 

Read it in full here


The videos

We produced a series of videos, led by Elisabeth Sandler, in order to find out about individual's experiences of the report on being out at Cambridge. You can watch each of them below, or via the playlist:

Playlist of Out at Cam videos


The Team

Team photo: 
Dr Marcin Smietana, Dr Robert Pralat, Professor Sarah Franklin,
Elisabeth Sandler & Heather Stallard

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Welcome to Q+

lgbtQ+@​cam is an initiative launched in 2018 to promote interdisciplinary research, outreach and network building related to queer, trans and sexuality studies at the University of Cambridge.

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