University is a time when individuals often develop a stronger sense of their identity – for example, sexual, gender or faith identity. You have the right to be yourself and express yourself, and Imperial promotes equality and diversity in its students and staff.

If can be helpful to talk to someone if you are exploring your identity, especially if you are feeling uncomfortable or unsure about who you are. There are lots of people who can listen to you and provide support, for example:

Mindfulness can be a useful tool in practising self-acceptance, which includes self-forgiveness and being kinder to yourself.

Further information and advice

  • Student Minds have created a guide for LGBTQ+ students and their friends
  • Switchboard provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity
  • The Stonewall website includes information and support for young people who are lesbian, gay, bi, trans and questioning (LGBTQ)
  • PACE promotes the mental health and emotional well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and provides a range of services including counselling and psychotherapy