Officer Report

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* officer

This month I have been focussing on planning LGBT* History Month, which is happening in February. I have been in contact with several of the sports teams and society execs to make sure that the month is a huge success.

 I have also organised and held a vigil for Trans Day of Remembrance to remember the 295 victims of transphobic violence. A huge thank you to everyone that attended the vigil.

This month, we have had 2 Ignites – the first was themed around BAME artists in celebration of Black History Month, and the second was all about the 80s. We’ve got one more this term – keep your eyes peeled for themes and dates!

I’ve also been dealing with ongoing issues relating to photography at Ignite; instead of putting them on the SU Facebook they will instead be uploaded on a safer online environment.

I’ve been working with various departments in the Students’ Union to review some staff sensitivity training that will raise awareness of LGBT* issues that are currently not being dealt with. Hopefully, this will deal with difficulties that LGBT* students face especially in Students’ Union venues.

Next month, one of our NUS LGBT* representatives, Melantha, will be joining us as myself and VP Welfare and Community Jess work towards launching Out in Sport at Essex again.

taran baragwanath

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