Posted by HUU LGBT, Sunday, 7th February 2016 @ 6:19pm
This week we will be diving into LGBT History Month with 4 different events. On Monday night we will be teaming up with BAME for a joint social in Sanc at 19.30. Wednesday will see the return of the LGBT+ Film Club, with a viewing of "Paris is Burning" at 19.30 in Meeting Room 3. Thursday brings us our first guest lecture of the semester with a talk by Emma from Broken Rainbow about domestic violence, catch that at 19.30 in Wilberforce Lecture Theatre 27. Finally, we'll be having our regular Friday meeting, looking at LGBT+ History and Queer Theory with Ellen Rickets; that's at 19.30 in Lecture Theatre 5.
Posted by HUU LGBT, Monday, 3rd November 2014 @ 11:57pm
We're really excited to announce this this month we're doing an LGBT+ and faith month!
LGBT+ and faith are not things that are mutually exclusive, a lot of LGBT+ people think that they can't go together. This year we want to let you know that you can be both, this is why we have 3 great speakers coming from 3 major religions to tell you about them being LGBT in their faith. We'll also be raising money for hull's LGBT Christian Fellowship during in the week on tuesdays and thursdays in the Hull University Union, so come and speak to us if you have any questions or want to help out.
This is open to everyone not just people who attend the university. If you need directions or someone to meet you then please get in touch with us.
The LGBT Christian Fellowship are a group that run in hull, creating a safe space for those who identify as LGBT and be christian, they also hold open events, like guest speakers or question and answer sessions that people can go to to help make their church more welcoming for LGBT people. They are making waves at the moment in the church's in hull and we want to help support them in making the churches in hull more inclusive.
We hope you can help support our events, don't hesitate to contact us if you need too.
Posted by HUU LGBT, Monday, 23rd September 2013 @ 2:15pm
Hi, Welcome to LGBT+
Whether you're a new student who's just starting, or have been with us for a while we're glad to have you join us. We're here to support and help any LGBT+ student that comes to the university. We help represent you and give the LGBT+ community a voice within the union, boy do we have a year for you!
First off, who are the committee and what do they do? Well we're students just like you who volunteer and are very passionate about there being LGBT+ safe spaces in the uni, where people are free to express their sexuality and gender identity without having to worry about anyone judging them. We arrange for cool stuff to happen where you get to meet and hang out other LGBT+ people and have some fun, and organise campaigns to help raise awareness around issues that face LGBT+ people. You can get to know us more by visiting the committee page. Our committee is happy for you to contact them in any way, by facebook or email. We hold confidential office hours where you can drop in and talk to us about anything. Our office is signposted and by Jam Radio in ‘The Retreat’.
How do I join?
The best thing about the LGBT+ being a welfare group is that it’s free. We don’t have any member lists except for the email which is your choice to sign up to. All you have to do is turn up to our events.
How do I know what events you’re doing?
We have weekly meetings on Friday evenings at 7.30 in meeting room 3. We’ll be doing loads of things in those meetings, so keep an eye out for what we’re doing. Every Sunday we have coffee from 2.30pm where it’s just a time to relax and chill out. Look out for other things we’ll be doing as well like lectures, activities and trips that we’ll put on for you.
There are a number of ways you can keep up with what we’re doing. We have a Gmail calendar, which has all the dates and times of our upcoming events. You can download this and sync it with your own Gmail calendar if you have one. We have a Facebook like page where you can get updates of what is happening and what we’re doing, the group page is a little more personal and often has posts on the latest LGBT+ issues and other posts from members of that group. We’re also on Twitter, so you can catch up with us on that.
Over freshers you'll find us at the 'ISA Meet and Greet', Athletics Union Fair, Freshers Societies Fair, and just around and about the union. Feel free to approach us (we'll be wearing t-shirts with the LGBT+ logo on it.)
It's going to be an action packed year with loads of things to do. Come along and introduce yourself, make some friends and most of all have some fun.
Posted by HUU LGBT, Thursday, 13th June 2013 @ 3:39pm
Well it's the end of the year, and what a year we've had. Raising over £1000 and coming leaps and bounds, winning 'Best Welfare Team of the Year'. We wouldn't have been able to do anything if it weren't for any of you. The members are what makes LGBT+ worth it and helped us create the society that made us win. To all those that are leaving, good luck; and those who are staying, see you next year!
We were nominated for 'Welfare Team of the Year' in the HUU Awards by you, and we won thanks to you. All those people who helped out in Trans/gender week, came to the lecture in History month, joined us in Office hours, it was all down to you.
Here are some of the kind things you've said:
"LGBT used to be a very secular, closed off and difficult to approach society, the LGBT committee of 2012-2013 changed that, and made the society far more open, helpful and approachable as well as working hard to fight the stigma faced by LGBT+ people at university."
"This year the team have made a strong impact in the university and the union. Their dedication and teamwork have lead to some extremely well-executed campaigns and events which have created a legacy for the future of the committee and positively affected the lives of many LGBT+ students. On top of this they have also managed to raise a very impressive amount of funds for the group which they intend to reinvest in the welfare and future of the students."
"The reason for the nomination is Because of how much work the committee and members put in this year especially with trans awareness week :)" "Simply the best group of people I have ever worked with, producing some of the best outputs I've ever been a part of, from socials to fundraising. They set the trend on fundraising and provide a varied range of events for the LGBT+ community." "Have done the most campaigns and fundraising, are the most active society in terms of member involvement, have regular and enjoyable socials, have made the uni a better place." "Have done the most campaigns and fundraising, are the most active society in terms of member involvement, have regular and enjoyable socials, have made the uni a better place.,"
Now I know a lot of people helped raise the money for us to send 4 delegates to the NUS LGBT+ conference, and thank you for that. It gave us a chance to get ideas and training for next year, so we can help give you an all rounded awesome experience.
Here are the people we sent experiences:
NUS LGBT conference for me was a such a different experience to anything else I have encountered in its range of intersectionality. While my time at the conference I took part in two workshops that will help with my running as Chair: LGBT+ next year. The first workshop that I took was ‘Out in Sport: Taking the next steps’, in this workshop I was able to obtain the skills needed to help with creating an Out in Sport campaign that LGBT+ and the VP Sport will be doing together next year. The other workshop that I attended was ‘let’s get intersectional: black + LGBT + Proud’, this workshop was a bit of a disappointment in the way that the first half of the workshop was us putting names of black LGBT activists with the correlating pictures and the second half consisted of having an open discussion about black LGBT issues on campuses. Also at the conference I ran for black student’s rep. The experience of running for an NUS LGBT committee place was interesting in the way that it allowed me to see how the NUS system works, unfortunately I did not win the place. As a hole the experience of NUS LGBT conference was wonderful in the way that I was able to meet a range of activists and learned how differently other LGBT+ groups work across the country from both Further educational and Higher educational campuses.- Adil
I had expected the NUS LGBT conference to be fun and exciting, meeting new people and of course the gala dinner, but I was surprised by how informative it was as well. After being in the LGBT community you sometimes think you know everything, but I found out I couldn’t be more wrong! For me the most interesting parts of the conference were attending a workshop called “Engagement through Communication” and also getting to meet a wide range of people, including people from FE. The workshop gave us the chance to split off into smaller groups with people from different universities and colleges, and find out what they did at their universities that had been successful. It was great to hear about what other people were doing, and also to take the opportunity to steal their ideas. Meeting people from FE really made me think about the difficulties that many FE students face when trying to become engaged in the LGBT community, and it’s something that I hope we can work on in the coming year, but increasing our engagement with Hull College. - Charlie
My experience of the NUS LGBT conference was a largely positive one. As well as providing me with information on how to make the most of my role within my own LGBT society, I felt it reproduced the safe environment of our society on a large scale. I felt comfortable being open about being transgender and using the men's bathrooms – something which I am currently unable to do elsewhere.
In regards to the lectures I attended, I was given the opportunity to share ideas with students representing other LGBT committees across the country, and acquire insight into the challenges faced by LGBT individuals in the workplace. However, I believe that the most valuable thing I gained from this trip was the experience of feeling generally confident to introduce myself to and communicate with strangers while being open about my gender identity.-Wesley
Big Gay Week The big gay week was a massive success. Starting with coffee on Sunday, then film day on Monday where we watched ‘Wilde’, discovered the subtext in ‘Rope’, and had fun watching ‘Tipping the Velvet’. On Wednesday we went to Big Fun, the adult sized play area and became children again. Thursday was spent picnicking in the park, with a visit from Andy with the massive LGBT flag. The Friday was spent with a pub crawl down Cottingham road. Thanks to all those who came (and didn’t leave me looking like I had no friends) I hope you had a good time and it set your mood for a good summer.
Changing Faces As you might have noticed the committee page has changed. We're slowly changing over this year’s committee to next year’s one. You'll see a few new faces, some ones that were there last year and some even older ones. Adil is your newly elected Chair, with Charlie as secretary, Tim is still treasurer, Ellen has returned to be Social Sec, Sarah has changed places to be Campaigns Officer, Wesley has joined as Publisher, and Jack is still Trans* Rep. We hope you'll get to know us and that we can be as helpful as last year.
Questions We’re looking to improve next year so we’re just asking for 5 minutes of your time to fill out this questionnaire. We’ll take all our opinions and suggestions on board next year. If you’re feeling really passionate you can always email us at huulgbt[at]gmail.com.
Thanks very much for reading.
We hope you have an excellent summer and we’ll see you next year!
Posted by HUU LGBT, Saturday, 23rd February 2013 @ 3:53pm
So this month has been LGBT+ History month in the UK, and HUU LGBT+ has been celebrating in style.
We started off February by going to the vintage fair in town, followed by a bit of charity shopping. Many things were brought, including cakes. Then later that week we took everyone to 'Big Fun', an adult sized play center followed by a night out to the club Fuel. I'm personally amazed that we could fit 22 people in our lounge comfortably Big fun was amazing and I'm told that everyone had a great night at fuel afterward.
The day before Valentine's Day we took to the union with batches of home-made biscuits, selling them to raise money and awareness [as apparently only 42% of students know we exist] for the LGBT+ group. That day we raising a grand total of £165. We couldn't have done it without all the people that helped out, and also a great thanks to the people who donated.
As if we couldn't do any more, 'Chili at Tyler's' was a great success, feeding and seating 17 people comfortably; thanks to all who came and made it a good night!
Now on to the good stuff. We teamed up with History Soc to organize a lecture, you might have heard of it. Professor David Crouch, a lecturer at the university, gave a fantastic lecture on 'Outing the Middle Ages: The Archeology of the Gaydar'. It was exciting, funny, and educational. So much so that we decided to record it for all those who missed it [we're cool like that]. It was an absolutely fantastic turnout, so thanks to all those people who came.
Well I don't know if you've heard, but we're hosting a Pride Party on the 1st of March celebrating history month! Due to the general consensus that LGBT History month can be a little bit depressing we decided to liven it up by having a party to celebrate how far we've come. We've had loads of interest in this, and from that we have a plethora of Live bands and music, lots of dancing, some comedy and much much more. We're even having a Drag King & Queen competition. This is happening at 8pm in Johnny Mac [Union house]. We'd love everyone to come and celebrate with us! Join the event on Facebook to be updated on what is happening.
We'd like to say a massive thank you to all those involved in Trans/gender awareness week. I think we made huge waves with it and educated a lot of people, and it was all down to you guys, on the stall every day raising money from 11-3, taking questions, and then after all that coming to the lectures that we'd organised for you that week too. So a big thank you to everyone who helped out at the stall.
Also like to say a big thank you to anyone who donated money, because that helped us raise a massive £800. We were splitting this between the LGBT+ and GIRES. This means that we overtook our fundraising targets that the union set us this year in just one week. That's awesome! All thanks to those people who donated.
We had some great lectures to, where even I learned some stuff. Jenny-Anne created a very insightful lecture on how the media portrays trans* people and what we can do to help. Dave Merchant did an excellent lecture on Trans* people and sport, posing a lot of questions and making us really think on our feet. It was really great fun. Last but not least Stephen Whittle came up and gave us a wealth of information with a really inspiring talk about trans* people through history with smatterings of law and the struggles they've been through. With a great turn out to all of these, we hope you enjoyed them all and got something from each of them.
Thank you very much, because without you this would never have been as successful as it was.
The Trans/gender week page has been taken down from the tabs, but it still exists, however I will add all of the stuff we used onto this page in case you would like to refer to it again.
I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and Happy new year to you all. Good luck to all those with exams.
Jack & Eric
Trans* Rep & Campaigns Officer
If you're interested in getting involved, we'd love to meet you. There's no membership fee or official Union registration. Just turn up to one of our socials, call in for a friendly, confidential chat at one of our office hours, or join our facebook group.
You can turn up to as much or as little as you want- you don't have to get involved in our campaigns or fundraisers if you just want to come to our socials.