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LGBT+ Network

The LGBT+ Network provides a space for staff and students to meet with colleagues and allies from across The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

LGBT+ Network

Our forum meets quarterly to share experiences and highlight issues that may affect LGBT+ staff, students and patients. 

The meetings also provide an opportunity to influence ICR strategies and policies and help to promote diversity within the ICR and The Royal Marsden.

Initiatives led by the network include a resource for colleagues, which helps to set out what it means to be a good ally, and how to help create a welcoming environment in the workplace so that everybody can feel more comfortable being themselves.

We also have launched the ICR's rainbow lanyards, which you will see staff wearing around both of ours sites. 

We also celebrate our network through events such as LGBT in STEM day, and work closely with other networks across higher education and in London. We march in the London Pride parade as part of the University of London.

We hosted the Pride in STEM, Out Thinkers event for LGBT History Month, featuring a range of speakers talking about their research and experiences as LGBT+ individuals in academia. We hold social events too, and trips have included a night to the Science Museum lates.

At the ICR, we also participate in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index ranking, which supports employers to measure their progress in creating welcoming and inclusive workplaces.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.


Dragomir Krastev, ICR LGBT+ Network member

Dragomir is a Senior Scientific Officer at the ICR.

Dragomir Krastev

“I am proud to represent the LGBT+ network at the ICR and The Royal Marsden, which brings together a number of ICR and Royal Marsden staff with the belief that diversity and recognition at the work place is an important aspect of our daily life. We are a mixed bunch, with varied backgrounds and occupations, but united in our empowering political statement that differences matter in a very positive and constructive way.

“The network has brought together colleagues for a number of social activities and networking opportunities. It has also participated in non-formal communication with other such networks throughout London’s academic institutions, to organize a range of activities, from attending STEM talks and Science Lates to participation in London Pride.

“I am convinced that diversity representation, including sexuality as one of the core human identities of our day and age, is a political statement that affects everyone in a profound way. It is not a matter of the selected few, but of the general whole. As such, the LGBT+ network serves an essential function in the fulfilling of the ICR mission and our core values.”


Eleanor Rose, The Royal Marsden Deputy Chair of the LGBT+ Network

Eleanor is a Patient Information Editor at The Royal Marsden.

Eleanor Rose

“I’m proud to represent the LGBT+ community at my place of work and stand alongside my fellow Network members to support LGBT+ staff, patients and visitors. Everyone should feel able to be their true self at work, without encountering discrimination or derogatory treatment. The LGBT+ Network represents inclusion, equality and acceptance and we will continue to champion these values in the hope of making positive cultural change.”

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