Drag Queens, History Month and Solidarity

 

The world is hurting right now. There is no nice way to say it. The world is hurting, and the LGBT community is among the most pained. With LGBT History Month starting today, I could not help but reflect on the irony of gearing up for 28 days of celebrations when we are at a point where progress may not only have stopped, but may actually be regressing.

 

What has helped alleviate this not-unjustified sense of gloom has been the privilege of living in a city that still has queer spaces. The final weekend before February, I went to see a show starring Korean-American drag queen Kim Chi. I know drag – and its commercialisation in the mainstream – is not without its detractors. But I am a fan of her work and I needed to be around like-minded people. The show was not political in any way, unless, of course, you count the fact that existing as LGBT in the current climate is not without its baggage. That being said, there was something oddly electrifying and – dare I say? – almost cathartic about watching a “proudly plus-size” queen defiantly flaunting her heritage in a hanbok the weekend after her country of residence became quite a lot less welcoming.

 

This is what I feel is the most important thing to remember going into History Month. There are still spaces for us as a community to thrive. And when we come together, we can provide something for each other that is difficult to quantify but oh so vital for our survival – strength and unwavering support for each other. Yes, we should critique such spaces. Yes, they need to improve and are not magically unproblematic just because they are (pro-)LGBT. After all, unwavering blind adulation is what has led to many of the problems we face this year. But having these spaces in the first place, celebrating them, and making them as intersectional and accessible as we possibly can is the best way for us to celebrate what we have achieved so far while setting a course for things yet to come.

 

Ibtisam Ahmed

Campaigns Officer

 

We hope we as a committee can play a part in continuing to make the Network more inclusive. The University is hosting a varied set of programmes for LGBT History Month and we would really encourage Network members to go to as many as they can because there are some really important and interesting conversations that are taking place in them. For a full programme, please see: http://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/peopleandculture/2017/01/26/events-lgbt-history-month-2017/

Recap of the term

Happy holidays everyone! We hope you’re all having a wonderful time over the winter break. If you’re struggling at all, please do make use of our welfare resources: https://uon-su-lgbt.com/welfareandoutreach/

 

We’ve done so much this term that I thought it’d be nice to have a recap.  We’ve been told by various SU staff that we’re the most active this network has ever been and, further, the most active SU network! The NUS has called us one of the most active LGBT+ networks they’ve ever seen. Also, two Nottingham-based LGBT+ groups have expressed how impressed with us they are, as has a leading LGBT+ global activist.

 

Considering we’re all volunteers and have our committee roles alongside our degrees (some undergraduate, some masters, and some PhD), I am very pleased and honoured to be a part of this team.

 

Here’s what we’ve achieved this term:

 

  • Welcome social: Event at the start of the year in the studio. Free food and drinks, board games, and an opportunity to meet other people.
  • Dice cup: We went to the Dice Cup café (a board game café) at the start of term to get to know each other in a low-key and friendly environment.
  • Café and Mooch socials: Almost every Wednesday we’d either have an event on campus with free food and drink or we’d spend the evening at Mooch.
  • BME event: The BME Network and LGBT Network collaborated to commemorate Black History Month. We screened a series of short films that are centred on black LGBT lives. We were also joined by Abii Musique, an artist who spoke about the double instances of discrimination – racism in the LGBT community and queerphobia in the BME community.
  • Sticker system: Implemented a ‘traffic light’ system for nights out. LGBT+ spaces have a reputation for being a place for ‘hooking up’ and so, in order to make people more comfortable coming to our events, we’ve started giving out yellow and pink stickers that people can choose to wear to show their unwillingness to be ‘hit on’. Here’s how it works:

Yellow = y’allowed to ask
Pink = please no touching

(Yellow is for people who are available but aren’t your standard ‘single people looking to hook up’ e.g. asexual people who are interested in romantic relationships or vice versa etc.)

Obviously this is optional as the only purpose is to make people more comfortable at our events. Please do respect the sticker system, though, and do not make any advances towards people wearing pink, and be aware that people wearing yellow are not expressing consent or a desire to be hit on.

  • Pub quiz: We ran a pub quiz to raise money for STM and managed to raise £100!
  • Halloween bar crawl: This bar crawl was also to raise money for STM and we raised £168.
  • Propaganda: Committee members met with the managers at Propaganda to discuss some of the issues that had been brought to us. We’ve assured everyone that Props is a safe space and that the staff are dedicated to keeping it that way. If you ever have an issue in the venue or with a member of staff, message the Propaganda Facebook page or speak to a member of staff on the night. They are very keen to resolve any concerns and will take your comments on board!
  • Asexual and aromantic café: We ran a café (free food and drink on campus) for those who identify under the ace/aro umbrella.
  • TDOR vigil: Attended the Trans Day of Remembrance vigil held by the Notts Trans Hub.
  • Welfare fair SB: Had a stall at the welfare fair on Sutton Bonington campus.
  • Medsoc welfare fair: Had a stall at the welfare fair with Medsoc.
  • Crafternoon: We held a welfare crafternoon with student minds.
  • Manchester crawl: Went on a coach trip to Manchester to explore the gay scene. We went to a range of bars in the iconic gay village before ending the night in G-A-Y.
  • Pride Ocean: The big O was decked out in rainbows and glitter for a night of celebrating LGBT+ pride!
  • Zine: We started an online magazine. We’ve only had one edition so far but are keen to do more! Please contact Ellis Harris at apyeh2@nottingham.ac.uk if you want to get involved. First edition: https://issuu.com/uonsulgbtnetwork/docs/zine_edition_1___1_
  • Skill swap: Growing up as an assigned gender that you don’t identify with can mean you’re not taught certain typically ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’ skills (e.g. if you’re AFAB and start taking testosterone, it’s likely you won’t have been taught how to shave). We ran an event for people to share skills they have and to learn new ones!
  • Clothes swap: Alongside the skill swap, we held a clothes swap. People brought their unwanted clothes and exchanged them, or just came along and bought items for £1 each. All funds went towards STM.
  • NAT: We raised money for the National AIDs Trust for World AIDs Day. We sold red ribbons and raised £57.35.
  • Fems campaign: We’re joining forces with the UoN Feminists to launch a social media campaign next term to tackle gender stereotypes. We took pictures and anecdotes from our members sharing stories about how they go against stereotypes every day. The campaign will go ahead next term.
  • Debate: The Nottingham Debating Union ran a show debate with us. The motion was: “This house believes that the LGBT movement should reject the “born this way” argument as a basis for rights/entitlements.”
  • GNT policy: We adapted the existing gender neutral toilet policy and took the motion to council. Unfortunately, the policy was one vote off being passed. The policy will be taken to referendum during the next voting period, so keep an eye out and be sure to vote! The policy we proposed was:

What is the idea about?

 

For the Students’ Union to;

  • Continue to lobby the university for formal agreement to provide and maintain at least one gender neutral toilet in all main buildings on all campuses
  • To extend this agreement to providing and maintaining at least one gender neutral toilet (of the same size/standard as the gendered facilities) on all floors with more than two gendered toilets on the same floor.
  • To review the current list of gender neutral toilets to ensure that they exist
  • To work with the LGBTQ Staff Network and Trans Working Party to further this campaign
  • To continue to enforce the agreement with the University’s Estates department that Gender Neutral Toilets will be created in all new University Buildings.
  • To lobby for an agreement with the University’s Estates department that Gender Neutral Toilets will be created on all floors with more than two gendered toilets.

 

Why have you proposed it?

  • This has been Union Policy for the past 3 years.

  • The Disabled Student Network, the Trans Working Party, the NUS LGBT+ Women’s delegate, and the Feminist Society have indicated their support in this campaign.

  • Gender neutral toilets are a form of accessible toilets for: – Trans people – People who don’t want assumptions made about their gender – Parents with a child of a different gender

  • These toilets are also extra toilets in a building to be used during busy times of the day. Gender neutral toilets are already in existence in all public buildings in the form of disabled toilets. However, these toilets are specifically for disabled people and should be reserved for this purpose, rather than being repurposed for more general use. A single gender neutral toilet does not take up much space and is an easy addition to new and old buildings

  • Where there are more than two gendered toilets on one floor of a building, it is unnecessary for the rest to be gendered.

  • Making existing excess toilets gender neutral will be cost-effective and will ensure that disabled toilets are not used by people without disabilities, thereby reducing congestion.

  • Glitter Ball: We’ve organised a formal to be held at the end of the January exam period. Details can be found here: https://www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/events/7601/9441/
  • STM:

*What is it?*

STM stands for Supporting Trans+ Members and the aim is to fund (or partially fund) products that are essential for safely combatting dysphoria. Being a student isn’t cheap, but we don’t want any one of our network members to be buying low-quality and potentially dangerous products due to a lack of funds.

*How do I get funding?*

Here is the funding application form: http://lgbtlogin.polldaddy.com/s/stm-funding-application

Once we get a few applications, we hold a meeting with some volunteer panellists from the network in order to decide how to allocate funding. All applications are anonymous so as to be fair. What the panel looks for is (a) is this product necessary (b) is this product safe, and (c) how much money are we able to put towards purchasing it. By (a) we mean necessary for combatting dysphoria, but not things like make-up or clothes. We can recommend cheap make up brands and we are also running a clothes swap. By (b) we mean is this a good quality product that will not affect your health.

So far we have funded two good quality, safe binders and an initial consultation with a gender clinic.

 

  • Other: On top of this, we as a committee have had various types of training, meetings, submitted funding applications, completed other administrative tasks, as well as had 1-on-1 welfare meetings.

 

Your LGBT+ Officer,

Lux

World AIDS Day 2016

 “Despite modern medical advances, many people still don’t know how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV is very common.

World AIDS Day reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away—there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.”

Today we raised £50 for the National AIDS Trust (http://www.nat.org.uk/) by selling red ribbons in the Portland building. On Monday we will have a welfare stall with Medsoc for their welfare week and will be selling the ribbons then, too!

Trans+ Awareness Month: Recap

Nov. 1 marked the beginning of Trans Awareness Month. Culminating on Nov. 20, which is the annual observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, Trans Awareness Month exists to educate people about trans contributions to society, the history of trans people within and outside of the larger LGBTQ community, and to remember the ever-increasing numbers of trans people who have died (most often by murder or suicide) the previous year. Read more…

This month, the UoN LGBT Network:

  • Went to the Transgender Day Of Remembrance (TDOR) vigil with the Notts Trans Hub.cropped-nth-bannerv3
  • Ran a skills swap: Growing up as an assigned gender that you don’t identify with can mean you’re not taught certain typically ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’ skills (e.g. if you’re AFAB and start taking testosterone, it’s likely you wont have been taught how to shave). We held an event in the portland building to share skills in a safe environment.
  • Ran a clothes swap: People brought their unwanted clothes to the atrium and received a token for each item. The token was redeemable for an item of clothing. If people didn’t have any clothes to bring along, each item was only £1. All funds went to Supporting Trans+ Members (STM) which helps network members fund things like binders, packers, etc. swapbanner
  • STM is still going strong and at each stall we raise more money. We went to Sutton Bonington campus for the Welfare Fair on the 16th. We brought along our lucky dip (as usual)! front-of-stm-flyer

The LGBT Network would like to remind everyone that our welfare team is always available to provide support to you, no matter your place within the LGBT+ community, or your reasons for needing it.

If you’d like to apply for STM funding, please click here.

The UN Votes on LGBT Rights

 

On Monday, 21 November, the UN General Assembly voted on two key historic motions regarding LGBT rights worldwide, both carrying major ramifications on how the rights movement is seen worldwide.

 

The first vote was on a non-binding resolution that was aimed at making LGBT rights a universally recognised human right, an attempt that has been blocked on previous occasions. A non-binding resolution, if passed, means that the UN as an organisation is committed to the content of the vote, but individual countries can still opt out. The reason this was presented as a non-binding vote is so that opposition to the vote, which is still strong in certain parts of the world, does not prevent the UN from taking a positive stance on LGBT rights. The vote was passed by a significant, though not overwhelming, majority. Crucially, the range of countries that supported the vote means that the UN’s commitment is towards having dialogue with different countries so that LGBT rights are promoted within the context of cultural rights rather than being seen as an imposition of the European voting bloc, which it has been seen as in the past.

 

The second vote was brought forward by the African bloc of nations as an attempt to undermine a previous decision made by the UN Human Rights Council. The UNHRC had appointed its first ever High Commissioner for LGBT Rights earlier this year. The African bloc believed that this was an infringement on their individual national sovereignty and an imposition of foreign values, and therefore brought forward a proposal to remove the position. Thankfully, this vote was defeated in the General Assembly and the High Commissioner’s position is going to stand.

 

The votes have proven that the world is slowly becoming more accepting of LGBT rights, as proven by positive votes by nations such as Belize and Singapore, which had voted against the measures in the past. Nonetheless, the second motion also proves that attempts to solidify rights can still be undermined and we need to stand together in solidarity.

 

The university’s LGBT radio show, The Identity Talk, held a special broadcast during the second vote to discuss global rights in more detail and the show audio can be found at: https://audioboom.com/posts/5311397-the-identity-talk-lgbt-rights-worldwide-and-the-un

 

Ibi

Campaigns Officer

Transgender Day of Remembrance

CW: Transphobia, violence

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance 2016, a time to remember and mourn those in the trans community whom we have lost to hatred and violence in the past year, and to bring awareness to the issues that continue to plague trans individuals both locally and worldwide.

The LGBT Network would like to remind everyone that our welfare team is always available to provide support to you, no matter your place within the LGBT+ community, or your reasons for needing it.
And we would like to say to all those struggling today, that you are always welcome here.

If you are trans+ and would like the LGBT+ Network to help fund products that are necessary for combatting dysphoria, please take a look at https://uon-su-lgbt.com/2016/10/28/stm-is-ready/

 

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Huffington Post – Transgender Day Of Remembrance: We Remember Them, Because They Were Known To Us

 

The exact number of trans people killed each year is unknown. The deaths are collated from newspaper and media reports from around the world. What we do know is that being transgender puts your life at risk.

On Thursday 13th October at 10am I was assaulted in a busy town centre, just minutes from where I live. “You f*cking weirdo” yelled aggressively straight at me, followed even more unpleasantly by them spitting directly into my face, then turning around and strolling off. I was left devastated, alone and broken.

However, my fate is nothing compared to what happens to trans people around the world. Just five days earlier in Cleveland, USA, a boy found the body of Brandi Bledsoe. Brandi was found wearing just her underwear, with plastic bags covering her head and her hands. Brandi was a 32 year-old trans-woman of colour, murdered.

Brandi is just one of the many trans people killed throughout the world each year. Each year for TDoR (Transgender Day of Remembrance) we remember them, because they were known to us.
We also need to remember that this is not just about trans women. The entire trans community is becoming more visible in public and in the media. Raising awareness of our existence, our hopes and our rights. In February (2016), a 30 year-old transgender man was stabbed to death in Salford, UK – a death of another trans victim which tore their family apart.

My desire to simply disappear into gender norms is partly fuelled by the hatred some people have for trans people, hatred for me and what I represent.

There is hope. The people who attend TDoR are not just trans people. They are friends, they are family, they are colleagues. Most importantly, they are allies. They don’t hate me – they are proud of me. Some of them love me, because I have the courage to be myself, and they are standing in solidarity with us all so that one day the hatred and intolerance trans people suffer at the hands of others in my country and around the world will stop, forever. The people who stand side-by-side with me at TDoR give me hope.

And we need hope. We need hope because trans people are being born every day, you just can’t see it. You just don’t know it until they realise that sometimes not everyone fits into the gender they were born with.

The recent media attacks on Mermaids, a UK charity offering support to gender variant children and their families, has devastated lives. Hatred and bigotry is learnt behaviour – and where better to learn this from than the headlines of a national newspaper? With a little knowledge and a lot of ignorance you can do untold damage to, not just young people’s lives, but their relatives too.

I thought we were making progress, but now parents fearful of what their trans children are saying to them about their gender identity, and these parents are too frightened to help their sons and daughters for what it might say about them. Child abuse? No, the only abuse is to do nothing, to not want your offspring to live, happy and fulfilled lives.

We must change the rhetoric. Gender dysphoria, the medical term for being trans is literally killing people – through suicides and murder – and it doesn’t have to be this way. The solution is simple. Let trans people live their lives in the gender they identify as, and treat them like any other person, with respect and dignity.

After all, trans people are human beings too.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/rebecca-fox/transgender-day-of-remembrance_b_12897320.html

 

 

STM IS READY

Hello everyone, after the incredible turn out at this week’s halloween event, as well as the awareness week pub quiz, we now have £268 in our STM pot! Thank you so much to everyone who came to these events – you have made it possible for us to launch STM.

What is it?

STM stands for Supporting Trans+ Members and the aim is to fund (or partially fund) products that are essential for safely combatting dysphoria. Being a student isn’t cheap, but we don’t want any one of our network members to be buying low-quality and potentially dangerous products due to a lack of funds.

How do I get funding?

Here is the funding application form: http://lgbtlogin.polldaddy.com/s/stm-funding-application
Once we’ve had a few applications, we will hold a meeting with some volunteer panellists from the network in order to decide how to allocate funding. All applications will be anonymous so as to be fair. What the panel will be looking for is (a) is this product necessary (b) is this product safe, and (c) how much money are we able to put towards purchasing it. By (a) we mean necessary for combatting dysphoria, but not things like make-up or clothes. We can recommend cheap make up brands and we are also running a clothes swap. By (b) we mean is this a good quality product that will not affect your health.
If you’d like to be on the panel, please drop me a message!!! We’d like a large panel so as to be as fair as possible with the allocation of money.
Your LGBT+ Officer, Lux
sulgbtofficer@nottingham.ac.uk

Asexual Awareness Week

As someone who identifies as being on the asexual spectrum, Asexual Awareness Week is naturally close to my heart, but I also think it’s more important than it first appears, even for those who don’t identify as asexual. Of course, the spreading of information surrounding this often misunderstood orientation to those of other sexualities is fantastic, and might make it a little easier to dodge the ever hilarious jokes of ‘so what, are you a plant?’, but to me, there’s far more to it. By the time I first heard the word ‘asexual,’ I’d experimented with labels all over the LGBT+ umbrella, trying to find something that fitted how I was experiencing the world. The more I tried to define my sexuality, the more isolated I started to feel. Adults would insist I was just ‘a late bloomer,’ and my sexuality would find me eventually, whereas my peers assumed I was faking disinterest out of shyness or modesty. I didn’t understand what it meant to find someone ‘hot,’ but I learned what ‘conventionally attractive’ looked like, and used that to get by the traditional, misogynistic ‘lad talks’ of the high school yard. If I hadn’t heard of asexuality, I probably would still be nursing that secret confusion, that quiet fear that I didn’t know how to love properly, that I was still somehow too immature to understand how ‘adults’ felt for each other. The more I learned about it, the more how I felt seemed to make sense. I wasn’t sex repulsed all of the time, but I didn’t really want to do it, either, and suddenly, that was okay. It was still okay when I later found a partner, having been open to him about my relationship with sex and sexuality. It was okay when I fell head-over-heels in romantic love. It was okay when I caught myself thinking one day that, y’know what, he’s quite sexy, really. You see, asexuality doesn’t necessarily mean aromanticism – many asexuals have romantic orientations separate from their sexuality, and identify as, for example, homoromantic asexual. There are also people who experience sexual attraction fleetingly, or in very specific instances. There are people who are demisexual, experiencing attraction only within a deep emotional bond, or grey-asexuals, who are predominantly asexual, but experience sexual attraction very occasionally. There are even asexuals who are a mixture of the two, like myself. There are people who identify as ‘aceflux,’ meaning they don’t necessarily ‘feel’ asexual all of the time, but often enough for it to be a part of their identity. There are asexuals with kinks and who love M-rated fiction, asexuals who enjoy sex when they choose to have it, and asexuals who simply aren’t interested in any aspect of sex, or even feel disgusted by it – and it’s all ‘real,’ ‘proper,’ ‘legitimate’ asexuality, on a spectrum as broad as that of non-ace identities. I say this because I imagine there are countless people out there who are still feeling isolated, like there’s something wrong with them: people for whom Asexual Awareness Week could plant the seed of self-discovery, cheesy as that sounds. There are aces who will have found themselves alienated in both LGBT+ and non-LGBT+ spaces, not being sexual enough for a society that foregrounds heterosexual intimacy, but also made to feel ‘not LGBT+ enough’ in LGBT+ spaces, especially those who are cis and heteroromantic. What I want most of all this week is for them to know that they are valid and, most importantly, that they have a place here in the Network. I’m looking forward to running an Asexual Café in the current months so please don’t be shy, our Network prides itself on its intersectionality and you will always be welcome here.
 Gabriel Jackson, Campaigns Officer

World Mental Health Day

In light of World Mental Health Day, here are some articles and stories from our Network members:

 

When I came out at around 15 years old, I didn’t think very much of it; I had always been attracted to men and women and so when I learned the term for it, it was a simple thought process of “oh there’s a word for who I am, that’s ok”. Whilst it helped somewhat with my identity, it still wasn’t a very big deal.

It wasn’t until I came to university and got involved in the LGBT+ that I realised how different others can view me because of this part of my identity. I received a lot more questions about bisexuality, I learned a lot more about gender as a spectrum, as well as having some negativity and ignorance because of my sexuality. I quickly realised how big of a deal things like “coming out” were, and I realised that was why I never came out to my parents; all of my friends new and I was comfortable with myself by the time I reached university, but there were two thoughts I had. One was worrying about whether or not my parents would accept me, and the second was thinking that because both myself and my parents were so relaxed about life that they wouldn’t be bothered by this news.

Although I never came out to my parents, they worked it out. All of my LGBT+ activist posts on Facebook and talking to my family about my role on committee helped them to realise that I wasn’t straight and that LGBT+ rights is something I care very deeply about. The most recent event was my aunty tagging me in a meme relating to LGBT+ rights and food; although I can’t remember exactly what the meme said, the tag itself was confirmation that my family both knew and accepted me.

Coming out is a big deal to some parents/guardians/friends/relatives etc, but it is almost always a big deal to the person coming out. However, being a part of the LGBT+ Network has taught me how important it is to support each other and remind people that there are always people who will love and support them regardless of their orientations and identities. There will always be someone there for you.

Much love,

Paige (Welfare Officer)

Finding Me: Looking Past the Surface to Discover My Transgender Identity

 

I don’t think my mental health was ever effected by being LGBT, I was really lucky in that I was able to accept it myself and never had an issue telling my immediate family.

I think my main struggle with the LGBT community is that is can be quite insular, it can label sources of support LGBT friendly/ not LGBT friendly and whilst this is important in some cases I’ve seen whole organisations written off because of one persons bad experience that wasn’t even to do with their sexuality or gender identity. I think we need to be better as communities at sign posting and encouraging each other to get help rather than all trying to support each other whilst we’re all struggling ourselves.

I think it is a very valid issue that we turn to our LGBT siblings for support and we don’t turn to the establishment but I think that shows that more LGBT people, at uni etc need to go on signposting training, need to go on mental health first aid training and suicide awareness training so they can be effective peer supporters.

I think those within the LGBT community who are clinicians and researchers need to look at what aspects of the community the professional support systems need to understand and emulate. I strongly disagree that we need specific LGBT services, but I know this is the feeling a lot of people have.

I just want to see more positivity about mental health in the community rather than this acceptance that we’re mostly all ill, we are mostly all dealing with it with x or y or x, we can’t accept that this is just how things are an ‘x went to that service and had a bad experience so I wouldn’t recommend it’ or ‘well I tried x got no support so…’ (With the impotus that you therefore will also not get support).

We can’t just accept that this is our experience, but a lot of the change needs to come from us. Us accessing services, supporting each other to access services and change services to suit us, not simply boycotting them.

 

Trauma and Transness: Why I Didn’t Always Know I Was Transgender

 

We have tonnes of resources on the welfare page of this site. Some of the local services include:

 

nightline

Nightline is a student-run confidential information and listening service. They are on duty between 19:00 and 08:00 during term time, and are there to offer advice to anyone, and about anything! They can help with welfare and healthcare issues, listen to you when all you need is someone to talk to, and are available 24/7 during exam times to help students through the dreaded exam stress! They can also provide taxi and takeaway numbers, and even all-night alcohol delivery details (not that we condone all-night drinking)! Remember: a problem shared is a problem halved. Nightline are there to help you, nothing is too small. They can be contacted by:

 

switchboard

The Nottingham Lesbian and Gay Switchboard is a service set up to provide help and advice to LGBT* individuals in all matters including coming out, homo/bi/trans*phobia, sexual and mental well-being and many others. They can also help  the families of LGBT* people who come out by providing advice and information. They can be contacted by Phone between 7:00pm and 9:30pm (01159348485  or 01623 621515), email (notts@lgswitchboard.fsnet.co.uk) or text (07624 809360).

 

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GALOP

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline

T: 0800 999 5428
E: help@galop.org.uk

Emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical- it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Speak out, don’t suffer in silence.

Awareness Week:

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From 10 to 16 October, the University of
Nottingham LGBT Network is proud to be running an awareness week. The LGBT community is vibrant in its intersectionality and diversity, and with 11 October being National Coming Out Day, we are going to be sharing an entire week of events aimed at raising awareness, celebrating the community, and opening dialogue between non-LGBT people and the community.

[Reminder of safe space policy: please do not ask people about their intersections, do not ‘hit’ on someone in a way that would make them feel uncomfortable, and – obviously – no transphobia, homophobia, racism, or any other form of hatred.]
Here is a look at what we have planned:

On Monday, 10 October, we are running a cafe event where we welcome you to join us for some food and drink, and to have a safe space to chat. With it coinciding with Mental Health Awareness Day, we are focusing on providing a space for talking about mental health, with members of the counselling service and our own Welfare team available for support. The event is running from 12 to 3 in A19, Trent Building.

On Tuesday, 11 October, keep an eye out on a special episode of University Radio Nottingham’s LGBT show The Identity Talk, where panellists will be talking about the dynamics of coming out. Tune in to http://www.urn1350.net at 6. On a lighter note, we are holding a pub quiz at The White Hart from 7:30pm onwards, with a focus on LGBT history. Everyone is welcome to attend and we ask for some donations to go to our Supporting Trans Members fund. Plus, it is National Coming Out Day so feel free – within your comfort zone – to express your Pride.

Wednesday 12 October has two events. Out in Education is running a presentation to talk about their amazing work from 1 to 2 in C27 Portland. In the evening, we have a panel of LGBT students who are going to be doing a Q&A session on being LGBT in the workplace. Bring your questions to LG11 Trent from 7 to 9.

Thursday 13 October also has two events. From 4 to 5, the university’s Rights and Justice research area is giving a presentation in the Studio in Portland to highlight one of the biggest LGBT research academic clusters in the UK. It’s a great way to find out about how you can contact academics if you want to do LGBT research or just want to find out what the uni is doing. In the evening, we have an amazing panel of individuals representing the Nottinghamshire LGBT Network, Nottingham Outburst, the Nottingham Trans Action Hub, QTIPOC Notts, and one of the former LGBT Officers of our uni who will be talking about the different intersections of the LGBT Community Today. It promises to be a deep and exciting look at what we have achieved and still have to work on, and it will run from 7 to 9 in C7, Trent.

On Friday 14 October, Duncan Anderson, a student medic and Network member is going to be giving a presentation on sexual health, including talking about men/men, women/women and trans intimacy. The session is from 6 to 7 in D136 Portland.

Saturday 15 October sees a day of collaborations with QTIPOC Notts, a support, socials and activist network for LGBT people of colour. From 13 to 3 in the Portland Concourse, they are running a really cool and relaxed cafe for a way to find out how people can get involved as members or allies. Later in the evening, from 7 onwards, we are co-hosting QTIPOCalypse Part 2 in the Studio Live space in Portland. This is an open mic night and we welcome everyone to attend and perform. Please do get in touch with Ibtisam Ahmed if you want to perform, but also feel free to walk up to the mic on the day.

To round off the week, we are going to be showing Pride in the Hallward Screening Room at 1 on Sunday 16 October. We hope that it proves to be a fun and uplifting way to finish an excellent week!