Hey everyone! It’s Chris.
It’s nice to meet you all – and, for those who I know already – it’s always good to see you again.
Last Friday I dressed up in a suit and attended a results night, before learning that I had gained a huge 777 votes, cementing me as your next LGBT+ Officer. That feels so weird to say…. I’m not sure whether to soil myself from excitement, from anticipation, or from sheer nervousness. Thank you all so much for voting for me! (and for those who chose R.O.N… I really hope I manage to win you over.)
I won’t lie to you – I’m a little nervous. It’s not just from the numerous horror stories I’ve heard about the role over 5 lots of previous officers, or the sheer responsibility that I’ve now got on my shoulders, but it’s the dread that I might disappoint you.
So to avoid that, I’m going to be as transparent as possible – here are some things I will almost definitely do this year as Officer:
– Forget names
– Say the wrong thing
– Say something someone deems offensive without realising
– Forget to reply
– Forget to ask
– Assume incorrectly
I’m only human. I’m aware of my privilege as a cis white man, I know I’m not the font of all LGBT+ knowledge, and I’m definitely aware that I’m only 20 years old and I’ve never even seen Titanic. I’m young, inexperienced, maybe even foolish…
But I’m ready to learn. I’ve learnt so much over the past two years, and I know that over the next one I’ll learn even more. We’re not going to change the world, but if we all band together and help each other, we can keep our community strong and make sure that the year of 2017/18 is a strong one for our network.
Here’s all I ask of you – please don’t suffer in silence. If you have any complaints, concerns or queries regarding the Network or being LGBT+ at University, please never hesitate to speak up. Come to events, participate in the polls, submit your event ideas – We can’t change anything if we don’t know what’s wrong, and you’re all so vital in making sure we make as much positive change as possible.
I’m so excited to have been granted this position. I hope I can make you all proud.
Thank you so much,