LGBTQ+ History Month is a time to recognise and celebrate queerness in the past and now. During this time I wanted to put on some fun events for students to come together and see that all sexualities and identities are valid and loved at ARU!
LGBTQ+ History Month happens every February and is a chance to remember the contributions of queer people to history and the journey that we've come for acceptance and recognition; as well as discussing the distance we still have to go for equality.
To kick off the month, we at the Students' Union organised a coffee morning for LGBTQ+ students and allies to come to have a chat with queer staff members and myself! It was relaxed and nice to talk to students about what matters to them in terms of representation on campus, as well as what the SU can do to help. Throughout the rest of the month, our LGBTQ+ societies, Queer Collective and Alphabet Soup ran events like a study session for queer students, and a discussion about the community's representation in video games. Finally, we rounded out the month with a big closing party at my work. Students and LGBTQ+ residents of Cambridge came to have fun and feel safe, with a great atmosphere generated by the venue. There was music; a live drag show and flags draped everywhere representing all parts of the community. I can happily say that the venue has since started running a monthly LGBTQ+ friendly night for queers and allies, due to the huge success of the night.
If you want to see more LGBTQ+ events put on by the SU, get in touch! Comment down below what you want to see on campus to keep representation and visibility going beyond History Month!