The Department of Physics is committed to supporting staff and students who identify as LGBT to create an inclusive community. It is important to us that LGBT staff and students feel comfortable and safe in the Department. We explore attitudes to these issues in annual staff and student equality surveys. These surveys have shown that LGBT staff and students very largely feel supported in our environment. Specific suggestions have come up such as provision of gender-neutral toilet facilities. The Department has responded to this by reassigning some toilets in the York Plasma Institute in the first instance, with an ambition to explore further action as the main Physics building is refurbished.
Members of the department have been active in a number of external events. In the Summer of 2016, staff and students from the Department took an outreach stand to the York Pride event and have marched under the University banner in the annual York Pride parade in later years. In January 2018, staff and students from the Department participated in the LGBT STEMinar held on the University campus which was attended by 150 scientists from across the UK.
The Institute of Physics are currently running the first LGBT Physical Sciences Climate Survey which is open to IOP members who identify as LGBT who may be working, teaching or studying in a physical sciences field.
If any students or staff in the Department have concerns specifically relating to LGBT issues, including personal difficulties, or any experiences of homophobia and/or transphobia, they can approach any of the following staff members, who are happy to discuss any problems and take action where appropriate: Professor David Jenkins and Dr Chris Murphy (YPI).