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Become an ALLOUT Ally


Would you like to become an ally?

Or do you know a colleague or Line Manager who might be interested?

Allies are defined as ‘individuals who do not identify as LGBT and who believe that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people should experience full equality in the workplace’

As an ally we would ask that you:

  • Show visible support that you are an ally
  • Be familiar with the work of the LGBT Staff Network Group ALLOUT
  • Have knowledge of the University’s different pieces of guidance for LGBT staff
  • Feel comfortable discussing LGBT issues should an individual raise this subject
  • Know where to signpost LGBT staff to, should the need arise
  • Support the annual Stonewall application

Allies can go further by engaging with the activities of ALLOUT and attending or offering support for the events that take place throughout the year.  Since 2017 we have also introduced specific allies - so maybe yo are more interested in suporting bisexual or trans colleagues - just ask for more infomration.

For more information, and to join our ever growing number of allies, please contact 

Here's what some of Allies have to say:

"During my UCAS interview of a student applicant I was asked by the student about the University's support for LGBT. I proudly pointed at my Rainbow flag in my office window and explained that I was an 'Ally'.  They were impressed and left the interview with a very positive view of the University." Professor Amanda Bamford FRSB
“We all have a duty to strive for equality at work, and non-LGBT+ staff have a role to play in this. That’s why I joined ALLOUT Allies. It’s an opportunity to learn about ALLOUT, show your support for LGBT+ staff and try to be a good ally by educating yourself, for example by attending events and hearing from LGBT+ people." Chris Millson
"I am proud to be an Ally for the University of Manchester. Being an ally allows me to show support for the University LGBT community. I hope it provides comfort and an outlet to colleagues who may feel they have no support or feel like they cannot be fully themselves at work. I feel that also discussing why am I an ‘ally’ to my wider colleagues can stop and make them think about their behaviour. For example, not using gender normative language and assumptions could be making others feel uncomfortable without realising.  I do believe having this on the open forum has led colleagues to take a step back and think." Anna Healy

Training and support

Once you sign up to be an ally you'll be invited to a training session delivered by another ally.  This valuable time talks about the benefits of having allies, how you can contribute as an ally and the positive experiences of others who have been an ally.  The next training date is will be arranged for late 2018.

There are also many other resources on our LGBT Guidance Pages and Training pages .  The training page includes specific Trans Awareness training and you can request to participate in our new session Transfer: A Journey by e-mailing

We also have specific LGBT DVD resources for loan.