LGBT+

SigneRiss&Ben

Hi! We’re Ben, Signe and Riss, and we’re your LGBT+ officers this year! Click on our names to find out more about us!

Our Role:

We care greatly about moving Homerton towards a more gender-neutral and non-binary environment where everyone can be exactly who they are. We’re hoping to set up a weekly group open to anyone to chat on any issue, big or small, to discuss gender and sexuality and generally be an available point of contact for anybody wishing to talk on anything whatsoever. We also want to organise in-college events, like film nights, and will approach college on anything that you feel is necessary, and serve as active members of the welfare branch to Homerton’s LGBT+ community. Finally, we are passionate about shifting the identity of the LGBT+ community of Homerton from one centred around a drinking and clubbing culture, to one that encourages a friendly space for discussion and support.

However you identify (if at all), the three of us are always here to answer any questions and talk about anything. You can contact us through Facebook or through our email addresses: bh413@cam.ac.uk (Ben), sk813@cam.ac.uk (Signe), or lo287@cam.ac.uk (Riss). We will be setting up confidential drop-in sessions for anything you want to discuss in person, and we’ll also be running more informal coffee & cake mornings if you just fancy a chat!

CUSU LGBT+:

Cambridge is a great place to be LGBT+ and Homerton is a really supportive community, however, if you have any issues or concerns you’d like to speak to somebody about there are plenty of places you can turn to. In college you can always speak to us on a confidential basis about any worries you have, but moreover, Facebook is rife with LGBT+ pages for students, events, and organisers. It’s a good forum for organising informal events and making friends from around the University.
CUSU LGBT+ also have a dedicated welfare officer (Amy Clark) who you can contact at lgbt-welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk.
CUSU LGBT+ run plenty of events throughout the year, and you can find all of them on their website, as well as masses of LGBT+ resources.
There’s something for everyone, from club nights like Kaleidoscope, to chilled café outings like Sunday Social, Trans Meet, and Women’s Coffee.
If there’s an event you are interested in going to and want somebody to go with, you can always contact us and we’ll happy to sort something out!
CUSU LGBT+ are running several campaigns at the moment – get involved! And if you want to raise an issue about Homerton, don’t hesitate to ask us – we’re here to represent YOU.


Information:

Homerton is a welcoming, inclusive community and as a college we provide support for students who identify as LGBT+ in a number of different ways. People often ask about what LGBT+ means so we have set out some basic information here.

This information is an introductory guide to the spectrum of sexuality and gender outside of the straight and cissexual norm. It is not complete or comprehensive, and there are a lot of conflicting opinions about these issues – the best thing to do if you want to know more, is do your own research!

-Lesbian: Self defined women who are attracted to other women.

-Gay: Self defined men who attracted to other men.

-Bi: Those who are attracted to both men and women.

-Trans: An umbrella term that attempts to capture the diversity of gender identity and expression by those who transgress gender boundaries. The term may encompass, but isn’t limited to, those who identify as transgender, gender queer, trans, transsexual, androgynous, agender and non gender conforming.

-+: This covers a range of gender identities and sexual orientations which do not fall under the categories of LGBT, straight or cisgender. It includes, for example, those who identify as pansexual or asexual or those questioning their sexual orientation.

Homerton’s LGBT+ Rep this year is Ella Duffy, a second year Education with English and Drama student. If you have any questions, want to know how you can get involved or just want a chat (about LGBT+ issues or otherwise) get in contact. It doesn’t matter if you identify as LGBT+ or not he is happy to answer any questions you might have. You can contact Ella at ejmd3@cam.ac.uk or via Facebook.

Homerton Events:

We’ll be running several social events throughout the year both in college and with other colleges including:

-Swaps: As a group we’ll be regularly swapping with other colleges, that usually entails going out for a meal and then going onto Spectrum (the LGBT+ club night held in Revolution on a Monday). Drinking is optional at these events and they’re open to all!

-LGBTea and Coffee: We’ll be running drop in tea and coffee events in college throughout term so people can have a chat and a cuppa in a relaxed environment. A great way to get to know people and if it’s been a big night before, great for a hangover!

-LGBT History Month: To mark LGBT History Month in February we’ll be holding various events in college. If you want to suggest any films about how we can celebrate, let the college rep know!

 

CUSU LGBT+ Events:

CUSU LGBT+ run a lot of events throughout the year, and you can find all of them on their website:

http://www.lgbt.cusu.cam.ac.uk/

CUSU Calendar of Events:
There’s something for everyone, from classic club nights like Spectrum and Swagga & Strut, to chilled café outings like Sunday Social, Trans Meet, and Women’s Coffee.

If there’s an event you are interested in going to and want somebody to go with, you can always contact the college rep (Ella Duffy) who will be happy to join you!

 

Support:

Cambridge is a great place to be LGBT+ and Homerton is a really supportive community, however, if you have any issues or concerns you’d like to speak to somebody about there are plenty of places you can turn to.

In college you can always speak to Ella on a confidential basis about any worries you have.

Facebook is rife with LGBT+ pages for students, events, and organisers. It’s a good forum for organising informal events and making friends from around the University.

CUSU LGBT+ Freshers Group 2014
CUSU LGBT+ Group

CUSU LGBT+ also have a dedicated welfare officer (Caitlin Saunders) who you can contact at lgbt-welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk.

CUSU LGBT+ also run a parenting scheme for freshers, those who sign up are allocated LGBT+ parents who can act as a friendly face, answer any questions you may have and help introduce you to the LGBT+ social scene. If you’d like to sign up for parents, just follow this link http://www.lgbt.cusu.cam.ac.uk/freshers/looking-for-a-parent/

Campaigns

There are two campaigns run by CUSU LGBT+ at the moment – get involved!

If you want to raise an issue about Homerton, don’t hesitate to ask the rep – they’re here to represent you.

If you’re looking at other ways to get involved this year we’re raising money for an LGBT+ charity. If you’re interested or have any ideas for fundraising, get in touch!