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Why LGBT+ Conference is a must this year

Friday 10-02-2017 - 16:00

I've written about why LGBT+ Conference changed my time at university and beyond...

NUS LGBT+ Conference is an opportunity to help shape and direct the LGBT+ Campaign’s political direction for the year ahead. For many it is also the start of both a personal and political journey. The Conference will take place from the 8 - 9 March.

My first NUS LGBT+ Conference was in 2014, I’d already spent a year as the LGBT+ Part-Time Officer in my Students' Union but hadn’t been involved with NUS at all. In fact, I didn’t really understand what NUS was aside from the NUS Extra Card in my purse. I spent that first year as a Part-Time Officer in my SU not really knowing what I could do to make a difference to the lives of LGBT+ students on my campus. This was compounded by the fact that I didn’t attend the events put on by the LGBT+ society as I didn’t feel like they were the place for me.

It was only after having been to NUS LGBT+ Conference that I understood the kind of campaigns I could run on my campus and the support and resources that NUS had to help. It was at that conference that I was really inspired by the things we could achieve as a collective movement. Attending LGBT+ Conference changed the rest of my time at university; I was much more active and ran lots of campaigns on my campus. I urge you to register for conference so that you too can be inspired by the campaign and what we can achieve together. Collectively the NUS LGBT+ campaign has played a huge role in campaigning for LGBT+ equality such as the Donation not Discrimination campaign and same-sex marriage campaign: we really are a force to be reckoned with.

Not only is LGBT+ Conference inspiring but it’s a liberating experience too. The whole time you’re there it feels like you’re in a bubble where you can just completely be yourself. There’s also a chance to debate a hugely diverse range of things that affect the LGBT+ community in a completely safe environment. Attending LGBT+ Conference is so important if you’re politically active, but it’s even more important if you’ve not yet started that journey.

This is a great opportunity for you to explore the power and potential you have as an LGBT+ activist, so join me for an inspiring and liberating few days. Registration closes on 21 February so what are you waiting for. Register today!

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