On 20th February OutUWE, the Student Union’s LGBT network, hosted an “LGBT activism workshop”. The event facilitated by the National Union of Students LGBT officer Robbie Young, was well attended with over 20 students keen to make change and learn tips and tricks on how to do so.
The event started with a rundown of some of the successes OutUWE has had in recent months, such as bringing an LGBT officer on to the SU executive, opposing candidates for lord mayor perceived to be homophobic and presenting to students and staff how phobia still exists in society. Issues that were discussed included gender neutral toilets, better sexual health provision on campus, and LGBT sex and relationships education in schools, as well as the ways LGBT student groups can affect change.
“I’m passionate about building activism on campus. I feel getting out to student unions and empowering students with campaign ideas and pragmatic methods to create radical change is the best way to ensure that students feel safe and represented on campus,” Robbie said.
By Will Anderson