24 February 2020
Throughout February ARU has been celebrating the history of the LGBT+ community. There have been loads of fun events and campaigns to celebrate everything bright, and of course, everything rainbow!
Over the years ARU has helped contribute to positive representation, and here is some of the history of the LGBT+ History Month at ARU.
One of the most important campaigns, run in 2017-18, was all about bathroom inclusivity, which meant more gender neutral toilets were added all around campus. Changes like this are vital for so many students, and shows once again how important the Students' Union is, as well as the campaign reps.
An event that ran in 2018-19 was the ‘Hello, my pronouns are…’ campaign. The campaign generated a conversation about pronouns and identity, and improved the University experience for all students overall. For the campaign, badges were made with different pronouns on them, so others would know how to correctly address them. If a person was shy and didn’t want to start an open conversation about their pronouns, this was a way they could express themselves.
So, now looking at the events that are running this year – from film nights to open mic – there have been and still will be lots more! There is a ‘best night out’ event running where you can meet the LGBT+ rep in Cambridge, and then in Chelmsford you can look forward to a Drag Race viewing! If none of these events sound like your thing, there’s also an arts and crafts event, and talks about everything LGBT+.
However you’re celebrating LGBT+ History Month this year, I hope you all have a wonderful time!
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