Wolves SU have started the Society Spotlight to highlight and give some acknowledgement to societies that have really shined (pun intended) throughout the month, whether that’s through some amazing events they put on or the great support they provided to their members.
This month the Spotlight is shining on the wonderful LGBT+ Society as they have been doing some fantastic work throughout LGBT+ History Month in February, organising some really fun events for their members. We met with the chair of the LGBT+ Society, Sela, to find out some more about her and what she has been doing with the society.
I have been part of the LGBT+ Society for AGES now haha! I joined the society as a member 4 years ago, have been on the committee for 3 years and chaired for 2 years now. I have spent most of my time at University with the LGBT+ Society.
Oof, that’s a difficult question. We have done so many fun things that it’s hard to choose! In terms of big events, I would have to probably say the Rainbow & Glitter Party we organised for LGBT+ History Month in 2020 – it even won us the Society Event of the Year at the SU Awards! This was of course when we were still able to do events in person and have a big party, we even hired a drag queen and there was lots of free pizza. The recipe for the perfect event in my eyes really!
Having to do all our events virtually has definitely made things a bit more complicated, but we have certainly been trying our best. We have continued having weekly virtual coffee meets on our Discord server as well as organising other events every now and then. We have taken a bigger focus on mental health and spent some more time campaigning with the SU and University for changes and improvements for the LGBT+ community at our University.
This year for us the main focus was trans rights at our University. In the past there have been some struggles for transgender students to try and change their name, so we worked closely with the University’s Head of Diversity and Equality to implement some changes and improve the support and services for our transgender students.
You can head over to www.wolvesunion.org/societies/society/lgbt and sign up as a member there. It is completely free of charge to join us! You will then be able to join our private Facebook group on www.facebook.com/groups/uowlgbtsociety.
For other societies who are interested in being the Society Spotlight, keep up the fantastic work that you are already doing and your society might be the lucky one to get highlighted next time!
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