LGBT+ Students

The LGBT+ students' network

The LGBT+ Students' Network brings together all students from across all 3 campuses that identify as a member of the LGBT+ community.

We are a support network and social group that aims to:

  • Enable students to come together to share information and provide support. 
  • Provide social activities and representation for the members. 
  • To ensure there is a comfortable and fully inclusive environment in which LGBT+ students can reach their full potential without fear of discrimination.
  • Provide a space to raise instances of bullying and harassment.


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The Trans+ Officer and the LGBQ+ Officer are elected once a year to lead the work of the Network.

Taran Baragwanath



Hi, I'm Taran. I'm the Social Media Officer of the Feminist Society, and a member of the LGBT* & Friends Society and Sexual Awareness Society.

My plans for the year include increasing welfare support for LGBTQ+ students, increase the amount of gender neutral toilets at the university and enforce zero tolerance on hate crime at the university.


Email me




Hi, I’m Jestin, I’m in my second year of Computer Systems Engineering, but my third year at Essex. I am the president of the Juggling, Fire and Magic Society, and a member of the LGBT* & Friends society.

My plans for the year are to make campus safer and more accepting of both transgender and non-binary students; by increasing the amount of gender neutral toilets around the campus, and to push for equality and diversity training for all staff.

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Co-Chair: Taran Baragwanath

Co-Chair: Jestin Bartlett 

Deputy Chair: Vinnosh Kumar

Events officer: Ebba Jannert

Media and communication: Savanna Rayment





Here are some places that offer great help support and advice for LGBT+ students:


As an LGBT+ student, you may be interested in these societies:

What's happening in the Network?

News & Updates

Network Memberships 2017/18 Now Available!

LGBT+ Student Network memberships are now available for the coming year; you'll need one of these if you want to vote for committee memberships and keep up to date with Network events. Best of all, they're completely free!


Our recent LGBT+ Pride Event was a huge success, and even though it rained we had lots of people come down and get their face painted! Thank you to the Biological Sciences Society, Show Choir, and the Theatre Arts Society for helping us put on a great day. In total, we raised nearly £50 for the charity Mind, in memory of Hannah Webster


Upcoming Events

IGNITE - Beach Party!
28th April 11pm - 3am
Ignite is the premier LGBTQ+ night out on campus, with free entry for the soc, great music in a safe and exciting atmosphere that welcomes EVERYONE! Whip out your shorts and shades! This weeks theme is a Beach Party
Get tickets
IGNITE - Prom Night
2nd June 11pm - 3am
Ignite is the premier LGBTQ+ night out on campus, with free entry to soc members, great music in a safe and exciting atmosphere that welcomes. Dress to impress because we're going to prom!
Get tickets