Welcome to the LGBT+ Society!
Here at the LGBT+ Society, we welcome anyone to join us, regardless of how you identify. We pride ourselves on being an open and accepting society, and we have worked hard over the past years to ensure that this is a safe space for the community, and we have made it our mission to continue doing so!
This society is here for many reasons - whether it's about sharing experiences, having a safe space on your doorstep or exploring your individuality, there's a place for everyone.
Why the "+"?
We want to be as inclusive as possible. The LGBT+ community is made up of more identities than just Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, and we wanted to make sure that we were being mindful of this. We also wanted to make sure those students that are “part of the +” know that the LGBT+ Society welcomes them and that they can feel safe being a part of the society.
What have we been up to recently?
We have also been very active in campaigning [2018/19], including our Can I Come Out Now event. We have felt this was an important topic for us this year, to be loud and proud and make people aware of us and our community. By putting on this event in the Regent Arcade, we are reaching out to the wider Cheltenham community, to educate them about our community and encourage them to be and Ally and help us fight for true LGBT+ equality. We also won Society Event of the Year! Click here to find out more!
What are the priorities of the Society?
Fight for equality.
One of the main things we have found this year is people assume the fight for LGBT+ equality is over now that we have Gay marriage. This is far from the truth. Our trans siblings are facing huge amounts of persecution and hatred – look at what happened at London Pride last year and TERFS on social media. We will not stand for this.
We’re also finding that lesser known identities are facing similar discrimination, which we will not stand for either. Our goal is to, at least in our community of Cheltenham and Gloucester, fight and shout until we achieve this equality.
What are we planning for this year?
We have so much planned for this year: drinking socials, sober socials, crafternoons, art showcases and many more to come! We hope everyone to come to these so we can all have fun!
If you'd like more information, whether you're a student at the university or otherwise, please contact us here.
For any further support from the University, please contact the Helpzone or visit the Equality & Diversity pages.
We're a proud member of the LGBT+ Partnership!