By Lucy Sherriff | HuffPost Students UK
Universities do not know how to deal with students who want to come out or transition, leaving them without support and at risk of mental health issues, student leaders have warned.
The lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) officers for the National Union of Students (NUS) said many institutions still do not know how to tackle homophobic bullying and are instead ignoring the problem.
In an interview with the Huffington Post UK, Finn McGoldrick says the manner in which universities treat LGBT students is “just not good enough”.
"As long as they have an LGBT staff network most institutions are happy," she says. "LGBT students’ experience at their institutions has a huge part to play."
"It’s not interacting with other students which is necessarily the problem. I think it’s when problems arise and institutions don’t know how to deal with homophobic bullying. They can’t help someone who comes in and says I’m transitioning, or someone who says I am no longer feel like I am of this gender identity, can I move halls."
"Universities don’t know how to deal with huge rates of depression among LGBT students," she continues, "and they aren’t even attempting to."
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