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Our first steps in making LGBT+ communities more inclusive

Friday 06-01-2017 - 15:22

NUS LGBT+ Campaign is hosting a series of QTIPOC roundtables this month and next. Find out how you can get involved.

We were elected last March on a platform to radically change the NUS LGBT+ Campaign, to make our campaign, your unions and your LGBT+ societies more inclusive, particularly for QTIPoC people. So today we’re launching the first step in our work to make that happen.

 

We have experienced how LGBT+ spaces and communities can shut people of colour out again and again and we don't want the NUS LGBT+ Campaign, your unions or LGBT+ societies to be doing the same. The student movement has always been at the forefront of social change and if we want LGBT+ communities across the UK to change, we realise we need to lead the way. -That’s where you come in, we want to hear about your experiences within education and your unions so we can make the best changes and recommendations.

 

To do this we will be holding regional QTIPoC roundtables later this month and at the beginning of February. The roundtables will be a safe space for you to share your knowledge, experiences and suggest any solutions you envisage. We also hope to encourage further networking between unions for QTIPoC people.

 

So, who can attend?

 

QTIPoC stands for “Queer Trans Intersex People of Colour”, in which Queer is used as an inclusive umbrella term in this group to encompass an array of identities, and Trans is also used as an inclusive umbrella term for individuals who don’t identify with their birth gender.

 

This consultation is for all people of colour who are students and who identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and all other orientations and identities which fall under the umbrella.) We welcome all those who self-define as both LGBTQIA+ and as a person of colour to the QTIPoC consultation.

 

Further work we’ll be doing around QTIPoC:

 

  • We’ll be constructing recommendations for unions, NUS and LGBT+ societies from the discussions at the roundtables
  • We’ll be releasing a QTIPOC people of history guide next week
  • LGBT+ History Month will be given a QTIPOC focus
  • We’ll be writing a toolkit on how to make LGBT+ societies more QTIPOC inclusive
  • We’ll both be doing a tour of unions during LGBT+ History Month to talk about QTIPOC representation and inclusion in LGBT+ societies, get in touch if you’d like us to come and visit your union

     

    Consultation dates:

     

    Midlands [Leicester] - 23 January

    Scotland [Strathclyde] - 27 January from 14:00 - 16:00

    London & the South [Goldsmiths] - 31 January from 14:00 - 16:00

    North-West [Manchester] - 1 February from 14:00 - 16:00

    Wales [Swansea] - 3 February from 14:00 - 16:00

    Northern Ireland - TBC

     

    If you’d like to attend then please email lgbt@nus.org.uk

     

    If you’re not able to attend one of the roundtables, then please email melantha.chittenden@nus.org.uk with any recommendations or suggestions you have formaking LGBT+ communities more inclusive.

     

    We look forward to meeting you!

     

    Melantha Chittenden , NUS LGBT+ Officer

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