Your LGBQ Officers are:

Alex Thorpe

Georgia Lees-Lowe

Your Trans Officers are:

Laura Allman

Rob Noon


If you would like to get involved in the LGBTQ Campaigns Group, contact one of the Officers who will add you to the Facebook group.

If you experience bullying, harrassment or discrimination, whether you are a student or member of staff, you can report it here!

LGBTQ is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer, and is used to designate a community of people whose sexual or gender identities can create shared political and social concerns (this includes people who do not fall into the LGBTQ acronym such as intersex people and asexuals).

Lesbian: A woman who is attracted to other women.

Gay: A man who is attracted to other men.

Bisexual: An individual who is attracted to more than one gender.

Trans: An umbrella term that seeks to incorporate individuals whose gender identities do not match their biological sex.

A distinction is posed between sex (male/female) which is a biological given at birth, and gender (man/woman) which is a sociological and psychological construction concerned with characteristics that are not biological.

There are many identities including but not limited to: transgender, transsexual, trans man, trans woman, genderfluid, non-binary, genderqueer, bigender, nongender.

Queer: Individuals who experience fluidity in their experience of sexuality or gender and therefore do not identify strictly as LGB or T. The term ‘Queer’ can also include those who do not identify as either gender.

 

Experiences of being LGBTQ:

LGBTQ people are still discriminated against both institutionally and in day to day lives:

 Gay men in the UK remain unable to donate blood if they are sexually active.

 65% of young LGB school pupils experience homophobic bullying. 3 in 5 never report the abuse and when they do nothing is done about it 62% of the time.

 Many individuals continue to experience homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in the workplace from both their colleagues and their employers.

 The austerity measures outlined by the current government will hit specialist services that LGBTQ people disproportionately rely upon for health and welfare provisions.

 Surveys have shown that as many as 1 in 5 LGBT people have experienced abuse ranging from verbal insults to physical assaults over the last three years.

 The number of physical assaults rises significantly in the case of LGBT people who are also from minority ethnic backgrounds.

 1 in 8 LGB victims of physical assault in the last three years were sexually assaulted during the incident.

 Every year thousands of LGBT people across the world are imprisoned, tortured and executed by their own governments.

 1 in 3 LGBT people will attempt suicide at some point in their lives. This is significantly higher than our heterosexual and cisgendered peers.

Whether it’s being bullied in the playground, beaten for who you date, denied access to critical services or experiencing insults as part of everyday existence, the LGBTQ campaign seeks to educate and encourage LGBTQ people to raise our own voices, demand liberation for ourselves and for our brother and sister campaigns, recognising that we cannot achieve liberation in isolation from those who are oppressed on any grounds.