Officer Report

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* officer

This month has been LGBT* History Month – we’ve had a great variety of events ranging from panel discussions to film screenings and it’s been so much fun! Ignite and the Rocky Horror Picture Show were particular standout events, with a great turnout and lots of dancing!

I’ve also been working with the SU to ready our gender sensitivity training which is ready to go now to educate SU and academic staff on gender identity and trans issues.

The gender neutral bathroom in Sub Zero is also happening – by the beginning of the next academic year we will be fitting a vestibule door which will remove the need for a Radar key.

I’d also like to remind students of Essex that homophobia, transphobia and hate speech is not tolerated at this university. We pride ourselves on tolerance and diversity and recent events that have happened have tarnished this. I would like to make it clear that this is not acceptable behaviour and directly contravenes SU policy; if you have been affected by hate speech on campus please do not hesitate to get in touch with me, this is a very serious issue that I will deal with to full extent.

taran baragwanath

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