Can I Come Out Now? 

On Saturday 23rd February the UoG LGBT+ Society ran an event for LGBT History month entitled “Can I Come Out Now?” The event was a celebration of the 50 years since the stonewall riots, a pivotal moment in LGBT Equality movement coinciding with LGBT history month, a month to celebrate the history of the LGBT+ movement. We also ran workshops with the view of educating and celebrating the anniversary of the riots and other pivotal moments, and also to look forward at where we can go from here and how to improve education on LGBT+ issues and equality. 

Our aim for the event was to bring together the Student Population of Cheltenham and the wider local community, whether they identify as LGBT+, are allies or simply want to know more. The event was run in partnership with the Students’ Union and the LGBT Partnership Cheltenham, with Partnership members running stalls to showcase their organisation and the work and support they provide for the LGBT+ community in Cheltenham and beyond.  

We had a number of organisations attend to run stall and workshops, including GayGlos, NSH 2gether trush, Healthwatc Gloucestershre, Hate Crim & Victim Support, Glos Lesbi Friends, InfoBuzz, The Eddystone Trust and Pride in Gloucestershire. Overall Sentiment was Positive for the Stalls area of the event and mixed/positive for the workshops. Positive Highlights were the support the LGBT+ Society provided during the event, location and engagement with the public, advertising materials and the presence of the Mayor of Cheltenham. We heard lots of stories throughout the day that people were glad we were there and visible. Had some people come out for the first time. Sheriff of Gloucester is looking to replicate the event in Gloucester. We have also won First Place award in the UoG Sustainability Team Community Challenge.