NUS LGBT+ Conference!

My deepest apologies for the lateness of this, as we’ve had some logistical issues with running this election (which have now been ironed out).

What is NUS LGBT+ Conference?

It’s essentially the chance for lots of LGBT students from across the country to come together where they discuss and vote on motions, as well as elect the NUS LGBT+ representatives for the following year. If you’re interested in activism or politics, then this is certainly something for you!

Where/when is it?

This year it’s being held in Sheffield on March 15th-17th. Accommodation can be provided (free of charge!) if you need it, and we can cover the costs for transport there and back.

Who’s allowed to go?

The UoN LGBT Network are sending the standard five delegates to the Conference this year. The positions available are the following:

  1. Open place (i.e. anybody)
  2. Trans place
  3. BME place
  4. Women’s place
  5. Disabled place

Please note that we are required to send a minimum of two women, so one of the places aside from women’s place must be also for a woman.

How do we choose who goes?

  1. Interested members must nominate themselves (see instructions below) by 6am Sunday 28th.
  2. If places need to be voted on as we have more than one person who wishes to go,* we shall then open voting through THIS website (not the SU website!) which will finish on 9am Monday 29th.

*If there is only one person who misses out and who truly wishes to go, we shall consider applying for a sixth place. However, this would then require us to send three women instead of two, so obviously it complicates matters and might not be possible!

Okay, sounds great, how do I nominate myself?

Fill out the APPLICATION FORM! Please note that the second page of questions is for registration purposes and will be used for no other purpose.

Any other questions? Email me at and I’ll try to help, although I apologise that I will be offline 7am-5.30pm on Saturday.

— Alistair (LGBT Officer)


Reminder of key dates:

  • Nominations deadline: 6am Sunday 28th February.
  • Voting closes: 9am Monday 29th February.
  • NUS LGBT+ Conference: Tuesday 15th March – Thursday 17th March.
  • Link to application form again!



Review of LGBT history month

So as February comes to a close and we enter March (where is the year going?) we come to the end of another year of celebrating LGBT History Month. The LGBT Network worked extremely hard to give a month jam-packed with events, ranging from Planet Bounce to a night in the beloved and glittered-up Ocean nightclub. The university also hosted a series of lectures surrounding LGBT and the long history behind the community. It is important during this month, and indeed throughout the year, to not only support and be proud of the LGBT community but also to recognise and honour the long and intricate history.

The LGBT community has by no means experienced an easy timeline; indeed many struggles have been faced including the spread of same sex marriage, reduction of LGBT hate crime, removing LGBT as being a mental illness/disorder, exposing the experiments/torture conducted on LGBT individuals as well as the lives that have suffered and been lost along this whole process. The community however has powered through decades of negativity and prejudice.

I keep using the word “community” because, to me at least, the most important thing I have learned from being a part of LGBT is the idea of being part of a community, a powerful and close-knit group that removes all sense of judgement and encourages strong and honest relationships. Indeed this can be applied in the wider scope of LGBT history as a sense of community has always been present, and will continue to grow and flourish as barrier and societal structures are broken down further.

It is with confidence that I can say the status of LGBT and the power of the community is much stronger than it has been in previous decades, but it is important to never forget the struggles the community has faced in its time and the potential struggles it will inevitably face in the future. But again, as long as the community remains resilient, it will only increase in terms of awareness, accessibility and understanding.

Much love, Paige (Social Sec)

Jaden Smith for Louis Vuitton Women: Breaking the Mould?

Our very own Ellis Harris has written an article for IMPACT about Jaden Smith’s approach to gendered clothing. Below is a snippet of the article and there’s a link at the bottom if you’d like to read the whole thing. Gender neutrality is something very close to this Network’s heart and to have a member of the network write about it in our university’s student magazine is absolutely fantastic. Enjoy!

Jaden Smith for Louis Vuitton Women: Breaking the Mould?

Although announced a while ago, it’s never too late to talk about Louis Vuitton’s new face of women’s wear, Jaden Smith.

Anyone who spends an inappropriate amount of time on the internet will already be familiar with the seventeen year old’s antics, from quirky tweets, to pushing the ‘boundaries of fashion norms’ by strutting around in dresses and skirts. With one caption on his Instagram stating ‘Went To TopShop To Buy Some Girl Clothes, I Mean ‘Clothes’ ‘, it is difficult not to be impressed by Jaden’s attitude towards his own personal styling. It’s this kind of attitude the fashion world lives for and the rest of the world should take notice of. So really, Louis Vuitton’s choice shouldn’t have come as a surprise. And neither should the fact that it’s ‘women’s wear’ and not ‘men’s wear’ that has undergone a revamp.