What is this all about?

For Pride Month 2021, (June 1st - 30th) we are helping raise aspirations towards Further and Higher Education (FE/HE) amongst LGBTQ+ youth in the East Anglia region. We have gathered together a range of pre-recorded chats, video clips, written case studies, splash posters etc from LGBTQ+ individuals who are in, or have been in, FE/HE. We want youngsters to look at individuals who have obtained a career or job through FE/HE and see themselves, thinking ‘if they can thrive, so can I!’.

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So visit this page often during June and keep tabs on the #TakeYourPrideHE hashtag via the Take Your Place accounts on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.  


A Discussion with Joe Henson (he/him)

Higher Education champion Kit talks with Joe from the Norfolk charity LGBT+ Project about why University is a fantastic opportunity to learn about yourself but it is important that you know what support is available too. 

*CONTENT WARNING* Mentions of mental health issues and suicide. If you are affected by any part of the discussion, please reach out. You can find some support services in the Youtube information section under the video. 


A Discussion with Kit and Miyah

neaco Higher Education Champions Miyah (she/her) and Kit (they/them) talk about their personal experiences of being members of the LGBTQ+ community. Kit offers insight regarding how higher education opened the door towards their identity despite not recognising it until later in life, while Miyah speaks about coming out during high school and how her identity was shaped at university. Both give their advice about what LGBTQ+ youth should do if they aspire to higher education.


Charlotte's story

Listen to a compelling story about Charlotte's experience of university and events that led up to it, regarding their evolving sexual & gender identity. They are now completing a Master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

*CONTENT WARNING* Mentions of mental health issues, social anxiety and bullying. If you are affected by any part of the discussion, please reach out. You can find some support services below under 'links'.


A discussion with Charlotte and Chloe

neaco HEC Kit talks to UEA Politics mature student Chloe along with UEA Philosophy Master’s student Charlotte about their journey to university and how their experiences compare with high school. 

*CONTENT WARNING* Mentions of mental health issues, social anxiety and bullying. If you are affected by any part of the discussion, please reach out. You can find some support services below under 'links'.


Round Table Discussion with NUA Student Ambassadors

neaco HEC Gavin talks to Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) student ambassadors Jan, Ciara & Angel about societies, clubs and how higher education at NUA has helped explore their identity & merge them with their studies.


A Discussion with Jedd & Cat

Jedd & Cat: neaco HEC Miyah talks to Jedd and Cat from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) about their experiences of higher education as members of the LGBTQ+ community


A Discussion with Danielle Rippengill

neaco HEC Emilie talks to Graphic Design tutor & Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) alumni Danielle Rippengill. Going to university allowed her to dream about the future and recognise the importance of seeking help with mental health issues.

*CONTENT WARNING* Mentions of mental health issues, social anxiety and bullying. If you are affected by any part of the discussion, please reach out. You can find some support services below under 'links'.


A Discussion with Darragh

neaco HEC Miyah talks to Darragh, LGBT+ Student Rep for the University of Suffolk. He talks about the support that unis can offer LGBTQ+ people, events & societies, and gives advice to those thinking about higher education.


More Stories 

Read these stories from the LGBTQ+ community about their experience of Higher Education - available for download in the 'download' section below:

  • Molly (Sociology) - talks about mental health, privilege and how Uni was a starting point
  • Isabel (International Relations) - discusses how moving to Uni from a rural area allowed her to understand/celebrate her sexuality
  • Kit (HE Champion) - explains why visibility is important and how they found their place at University
  • Scott (Outreach Manager) - talks about being the first in his family to go to University and exploring new hobbies at University
  • Taryn (Photography & Video) - gives her thoughts about a lack of representation at school and why going to Art School was liberating
  • Islay (Educator) - explains how going to university was a transformative experience and why mental health is so important
  • Leah (Law) - talks about moving from a small town to go to Uni and making the most of the chance to meet like-minded people 
  • Annabelle (American Studies) - discusses how her studies have helped her learn more about the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Izzy (Senior Lecturer) - gives a little insight into how going to University changed her life as a trans woman of colour. 
  • Dylan (PhD Researcher) - talks about the struggles of high school and how university helped him find his place and identity.

Support Links

- A list of support services collated by 'Mind': LGBTQ+ Support

- A guide for Parents/Carers and list of support services collated by 'Young Minds': Parent Support Guide A-Z

- 'Shout' text support service: giveusashout.org

- NUA - LGBTQ+ Norwich: Norwich LGBTQ+ Blog

- University of Cambridge - LGBT+ Students Union

- Anglia Ruskin - LGBTQ+ Society

- University of Suffolk - LGBTQ+ Society

- University of East Anglia - LGBTQ+ support page


Please note: Our feedback survey is now closed (31/08/2021). Thank you to all who provided feedback.

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Story Kit

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Story Molly

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