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LGBT+ Coffee + More

One common thread unites those who aren’t heterosexual, one shared experience: we just didn’t know how our families and friends were going to perceive us if and when we ‘came out’. Society is still not particularly accepting of non-heteronormative sexualities (including but not limited to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, pansexuals and asexuals). The associated struggles are what we at Queen Mary are united around to challenge. We won’t let our space be dominated by stereotypes; sexuality evolves and people explore. We’re here to remind students that you don’t have to be a label, and to campaign for everyone to have the chance to change as much or as little as they’d like – safely. Our symbolic rainbow not only represents our collective diversity as a community, but also the variety that lies within every single individual. It’s time to celebrate us all.

In twenty years time we will be the generation in power, making choices and changing society. It is therefore essential that at this age any remaining ignorance is dissolved, and that Queen Mary students know we will no longer be marginalised. We will win full equality.

And there shall be fun along the way! Hence, LGBTea+ Coffee. It takes place every other Wednesday and is open to all members of the LGBT+ spectrum who wish to join us. The event is designed to be an alcohol-free, safe space for people to socialise with others on the spectrum. One of our biggest surprises so far has been the turn out- last year we would maybe get 10-15 members turning up, despite having a huge membership and an even larger LGBT+ population on campus. So far this semester we’ve had 35-40+ people every other week and consequently we’ve moved from the Ground café to the Drapers Lounge.

This event isn’t the only huge success of the year so far. Rainbow Readers, our book club, has proved to be greatly popular. For any interested parties, the reading list this year includes: The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith and Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. We’re also looking forward to a potential pre-Christmas collaboration with The Film Society. Then, of course, there’s our nights out to Soho…

To keep up to date, whether you identify with the spectrum or not, join us on Facebook at QM LGBT+ Society and if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Adam, who is the QMSU LGBT+ Representative and Vice-President Treasurer of the society.



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