End of First Term Officer Update!

Hey everyone,

As we struggle through coursework/exams and head into second term, here’s an update as to what we’ve been up to so far.

I’ve been up to a lot this year as Officer, and I’ve loved every second of it! More details to follow, but I just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who has interacted with us so far this year (whether through providing feedback, donating to our stalls or coming along to events) – it means so much to know that you’re enjoying what we’re doing ❤

Huge shout out to our brilliant committee – Sophie, James, Morgan, Emem, Liv, Jordan, Abi, Luke, Jase and Paige – for all of their help and passion so far this year!!


  • Attended and spoke at the University’s EDI board committee meeting
  • Continue work on introducing gender neutral toilets around campus outside of Portland Building (in direct talks with the University’s Estates team and have had conversation with Head of Estates Chris Jagger)
  • Held first Open Committee Meeting
  • Attended the Terrence Higgins Trust World Aids Day event  (and saw Prince Harry!)
  • Set up the Trans Voices Group with help from the amazing Morgan and Emem
  • Set up and started the new Facebook Page which has received a large number of messages already!
  • Attended Medsoc welfare stall, Sutton Bonington SHaG week and freshers week stalls, plus Freshers week stalls @ David Ross and QMC
  • Cheeky new logo (not the biggest achievement but I’m very proud of it) and leaflets (we shifted 1000!)


  • A fantastic Welcome Social with a huge turn out (we gained more official SU members by the first two weeks than there were at the end of last year!)
  • Have run some amazing socials, including our trip to Manchester, a Halloween bar crawl, plus regular cafe and Mooch socials (including an International Student cafe and Postgrad/Mature student night!)
  • Raised money for the National Aids Trust
  • Sexual orientation: Sex, gender and sexual ‘druther’ talk with Boo Jackson (w/ PhilSoc)
  • Film screenings (including a collab with FilmSoc)
  • LGBT+ Voices talk with Max Biddulph and Ibtisam Ahmed
  • Attended MedSoc Welfare Stall

Outside of the Network:

  • Gender Neutral Toilets in Nottingham New Theatre
  • 30 LGBT+ Safe Space Stickers in the School of Mathematical Sciences (More faculties to follow!)

Keep an eye on 2018, where there will be lots more to come!

Chris Smith (@UONSU_LGBT  , sulgbtofficer@nottingham.ac.uk)


(Image description: Rainbow-adorned Freshers stall with the wonderful Alice Armstrong (Disabled Students Officer))


Officer Update

Hello everyone!

We’ve been up to a lot while you were gone for the summer!  I hope you all had a good break and you’re ready to get back into the swing of things.

I want to explain what we’ve been up to, in continuation of transparency so you all know what to expect this year! 🙂


  • New Facebook Page!  We’ve set up a brand new Facebook Page! This will help communication between the Network and it’s members via the anonymous ‘Message’ button, as well as a stronger link between the Network and the general LGBT+ public! Also, it means that the Closed group is now private, meaning it is safe for Network members to post anything at all there without fear of spamming or hate speech. Go give it a like now!


  • Welcome Social – On Sunday 30th, we are having a Welcome Social!! Come along to meet some other LGBT+ students and play some games ❤ Link here


  • First Wednesday Night Social – On Wednesday 4th, our regular Mooch socials are starting again! Come along for some chill drinks (staying sober is completely fine!) This week also marks the start of our Sunday cafe socials too – perfect if Wednesday isn’t the best day for you or if you prefer a weekend meetup ❤


  • New Year Elections – From Monday 25th September to October 9th, you will be able to post your manifesto and nominate yourself for the position of Campaigns Officer (x2) and Welfare Officer (x2)! Voting will commence in the week after! Message the Page or email sulgbtofficer@nottingham.ac.uk for more information.

Link to Elections

Further Information Here


  • Sponsorship – We are excited to announce that Bierkeller have offered to sponsor the Network! They are aiming to provide us with Rainbow Discount Cards, offering 10% off all of their drinks for Network members! This will be coming very soon – keep an eye out at Network events, where we will be giving out the cards!


  • UoN LGBT+ Voices Event – LGBT+ Voices are hosting their first talk/discussion event on October 6th at 5:30pm to 8:00pm. Come along to hear University speakers talk about LGBT+ inclusivity in the media and how to write inclusively! If you’re haven’t already, joined the closed group for more information here!



In addition to the above, I’ve been sorting out some Officer tidbits to fill my manifesto points! There’s still so much more to come, but here’s some info for now:

  • Propaganda Policy – I am going to meet with sponsorship in the SU very soon in order to hopefully draft a contract with Propaganda Nottingham! This will allow us to visit their on official Network events and maybe get discounts on drinks 🙂


  • STM – Supporting Trans Members was unfortunately halted this year for various financial reasons – However, I’m pleased to announce that we’re back on track! It’s going to run a little differently however. Instead of members asking for funds to buy binders etc. and then giving them to us, we will instead be buying binders from a reliable and safe source, and then offering them to members at a subsidised rate. Whilst binders are the most popular item requested, we will also still be offering other transition-related items according to demand. More info to follow soon!


  • NUS Induction – I recently went to meet some of the current NUS officer with the some of our Officer team in London. It was so interesting to hear about the plans of the LGBT+ Officers (Open and Women’s place) as well as the new Trans Officer (though unfortunately they weren’t there to meet in person.) This year, I hope to gather funds to send some Network members off to the 2017 LGBT+ Conference and Trans Conference – more details to follow.


  • In addition, I’ve had several meetings about campaigns so far with the Disabled Students’ Officers Eden and Alice, as well as with the Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer Lauren Bealin-Kelly, who has offered to provide official SU Welfare Training to our committee.


As always, if you have any comments, questions or concerns, please fill out the feedback form on this website, contact me on sulgbtofficer@nottingham.ac.uk, or message our new Page for quick feedback!

Wishing everyone the best of luck in the New Year,



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.

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 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:



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).




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.

First ZINE edition!

Hi everyone,

We’re happy to announce that the first issue of our new ZINE is now published available to read at the following link. It features articles submitted by YOU, network members, as well as an introduction to the committee and a sneak peek at upcoming events! To get involved with future zines, please email apyeh2@nottingham.ac.uk




Bi Visibility Day

Today is Bisexual Visibility Day! Unfortunately, bisexuals are on the receiving end of quite a bit of ignorance, both in society in general, and in LGBT communities. So here’s a little bit of destigmatization and information:

– We’re not confused! We’re not unsure of who we’re attracted to; we can be attracted to anyone.

– This doesn’t mean we fancy you. Don’t flatter yourself. Sometimes you’re just not our type.

– Please don’t ask us to have a threesome with you and your partner. We probably don’t want to. We might, but we’ll ask you.

– We are not more likely to cheat on you. Loyalty has nothing to do with the amount of people we can be sexually attracted to. Just because we like more than one sex or gender, doesn’t mean we’re going to have sex with anything that moves.

– On that note, we’re not all sexually promiscuous. Some of us might enjoy threesomes and open relationships, whilst others might not. The number of people we might be sexually attracted to is greater, but the amount of sex we have isn’t necessarily more than a hetero/homosexual person would.

– We might not even be sexually active or interested. There are asexual people who are romantically attracted to multiple genders or sexes, but aren’t interested in sex.

– A bisexual woman who is dating a woman is not homosexual.

– A bisexual woman who is dating a man is not heterosexual.

– Same goes for men.

– We’re always bisexual, regardless of our current partner’s gender.


Anyway, here are some bi things. Happy Bi Visibility Day!







Networks’ Ball


For the first time ever we present to you the University of Nottingham’s Networks’ Ball 2016!

This year we’ll be wining and dining together at the East Midlands Conference Centre to celebrate each individual network’s hard work as well as networks overall working and collaborating together throughout the year. A perfect ending to the year and just in time for the handing over to the new Part Time Network Officers.

Every network group* and its members are invited; it will truly be a night not to miss. Tickets include a 3 course meal as well as a drink on arrival (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic). *Networks: Women’s, LGBT, BME, International, Mature Students, Postgraduate Network, Disabled Students, UoN Fems, Environmental & Social Justice.


Performances: We’re pleased to say that we’ll have pole dancing, singing performances, Luxx Andrews the drag queen, and blade soc! On top of this, we’ll have magicians doing close-up magic before the meal!

PoleSoc YouTube 

Magic Society Instagram

magic society

luxx andrews promo

Join the event to stay up to date: https://www.facebook.com/events/1878426519050792/?active_tab=posts

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE: http://www.su.nottingham.ac.uk/events/7601/8290/

Spaces are limited so be sure to secure yourself a space!


Maximum 10 people per table, minimum 5, however if you have less we can build tables, just tell us the Network you’d prefer to sit with and we will arrange it for you!

Please send all forms, alongside any table/food queries, to events@uonsulgbt.org


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 sulgbtofficer@nottingham.ac.uk 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!


Past Campaigns (Prior to 2013/14 Committee)

Written by Jack Salter (LGBT+ Officer 2013/14)

The UoN LGBT Network has an active campaigning side ranging from awareness raising campaigns such as Donation not Discirmination, World AIDS Day, and INDAHO to campaigning for positive change for our Network student members such as gender neutral toilets throughout campus to national campaigns such as Equal Marriage and Pride to bring about change on a national level!

This year we are running a sub-committee – any Network students who have ideas for campaigns or want to help out in carrying them out is invited to please do so! The sub-committee will meet every fortnight and co-ordinate online too. Email campaigns@uonsulgbt.org to get involved!



Below are a small selection of some of the campaigns the Network has run over the last year.



World AIDS Day is held on 1st of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.

At Nottingham last year the UoN LGBT Network raised awareness for WAD by teaming up with the Women’s Network, UNICEF, StopAIDS, ZambiAIDS and MedSIN. The day’s events included: a stand in the University’s Portland building with information about HIV and AIDS and freebies. Healthy Gay Nottingham also helped out by offering free advice and support to students on sexual health and the University’s Cripps Health Centre offered STI screening for students throughout the day. All volunteers for the day wore red and we carried out a red ribbon stunt where we formed a red ribbon by holding hands with each other to raise awareness for the day at the University’s Portland building which was filmed and publicised by NUTS (Nottingham University Television Station). Then to finish off the day we hosted a Red Cafe (similar to our monthly Queer Cafe) with tea and cakes to raise money for the WAD chairty.



In the autumn of 2011 Channel 4 aired the documentary “My Transexual Summer” where the series followed seven people who were undertaking a range of gender affirmation procedures as they made the journey to realise their true identities.

Following the huge success of this show UoN LGBT Network invited Drew and Lewis to come and host a question and answer session at the University. This event was open to all students and other LGBT community groups in the hope that understanding and awareness could be raised through this event. The event was a huge success! Special thanks to our past Campaigns Officer Jo Moore who organised this event and got Drew and Lewis to Nottingham safely!



In 2012 the government held a consultation on the proposals that same-sex couples should be able to have civil marriages and those undergoing gender re-assignment shouldn’t have to dissolve their current marriage or civil partnership in order to change their legal gender status.

In order to raise awareness and encourage people to fill in the consultation, email their MP’s and fill in the petition on the Coalition for Equal Marriage website we held an awareness raising day where we had lap tops available for people to do all of the above and we made a banner which we asked people to sign to show their support. The day as a massive success as you can see from the banner afterwards in the photo. We also passed a motion at our Student’s Union Council to say that our Student’s Union support the equal marriage proposals and those organisations fighting for equality on this matter.

SEE ME 2012


SEE ME was a new campaigns developed this year where Nottingham’s Representational Networks teamed up together to challenge stereotypes and assumptions we make about each other.

Look past the label: SEE MELabels, stereotypes and assumptions are everywhere: the gay best friend, the angry feminist, the lazy student. Has anyone ever made an assumption about you based on just one part of who you are? Have you ever been called ‘the ginger one’, ‘the rah’, ‘the Christian’?

Nottingham’s Representational Networks believe that there is more to people with depression than their health, more to gay people than their sexualities, and more to international students than the country they come from. No-one should be reduced to just one aspect of their personality.



Every year the UoN LGBT attends Nottinghams Pride march through the city centre to raise awareness and show our support!