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As many of you will know I have been LGBT Officer for the past 2 years, and was heavily involved before being elected too - I am so proud of how much our campaign has grown over that time and to have been a part of it.Those of you that will know me, will also know that lots of the time the work I have put into the LGBT has been at the sacrifice of my personal life and University work - and don't get me wrong I would much rather be doing the LGBT work! - However as I am in my final year I have had to make some hard choices regarding my commitments and how I can spend the rest of my time at Hope. Unfortunately this means resigning from my post as LGBT Officer within the Students' Union.It seems an appropriate time to announce this with the election of your officer for next year just last week - and I want to offer my congratulations to Danny and the best of luck for next year! - Don't forget you can run to be one of our committee members in MAY!!!There is a big fight to lead here at Hope - both off campus and within the university, LGBT students are under-represented and overlooked all-too-often and it is the Students' Union that will need to be the one to lead on the fight against this - so please keep up the pressure and make sure your voice is heard!Being part of the LGBT has been the highlight of my time at Hope - so to everyone who made it so amazing... Thank you.The LGBT Officer before me left with these words:'We're here, we're Queer, Vodka Coke no Beer"
I leave you with: 'One In Ten Is Not Enough.... RECRUIT RECRUIT RECRUIT!'
LGBT Officer (2011-13)
As the LGBT officer has stepped down from post, I am sending this email out to let you know about a fantastic opportunity!
NUS LGBT Campaign Conference 2013 will be taking place on the 19 - 21 April. I know from speaking to student officers and LGBT students who have been in previous years; this is an opportunity not to Missed!
All reasonable travel costs, accommodation and dinner will be covered by the Union.
We have three place available to send delegates from HopeLGBT. We have one place to send as a Trans delegate and two place to send as observers. If you would like put yourself forward for this opportunity, it is simple. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, explaining whether you intend to go as the Trans delegate or an observer. Also, please submitted a small piece (100max) on why want to go as the Trans delegate or an observer.
If interested then please submit this by the latest 10pm on Tuesday 26th March. Thereon in HopeLGBT members will vote on which delegate and two observers to send. We will have the results by Thursday 28th.
Any further questions, get in touch.
Liverpool Hope Students' Union
HopeLGBT's Second Steering meeting of the year held a big election special - which saw the most contested elections in the campaign's HISTORY!!
Congratulations to all candidates!
[minutes and full results will be posted on this page soon]
The steering group elected a new social secretary for the campaign to lead the social aspects of the campaign to benefit our members. Stéf Dickinson Smith was duly elected as Social Sec' in the first round of voting.
We also elected our conference delegates that will be attending the national NUS LGBT Conference this year, delegates Ben Ramsdale (Union President), Danny Black and Catherine Davison (Campaign Coordinator) will be attending the conference as well as our LGBT Officer Andi Herring. Unsuccessful candidates will have the opportunity of attending as observer delegates - details will be circulated.
LGBT Officer Andi Herring remarked on how it was a proud moment to see the campaign electing candidates from such a contested election for the first time to increase democracy in the campaign as well as how humbling it was to hear remarks from delegates about how much their involvement in the group meant to them.
The group also heard about the upcoming NUS Delegate and Postgraduate Rep election, and the soon to be opened SO-Elections of the Students' Union in which candidates can run for 20 positions, including LGBT Officer - for more information contact email@example.com
After a trial of the new mailchimp system which handles our emails and member accounts we have listened to your feedback about what works and doesn't - from this we have drawn up our Email Pledge:
- Weekly Email will be sent out on the Sunday of each week with information about upcoming events, latest campaigns and topical news links.
- The email system will be set to send the email at MIDDAY on the Sunday.
- The email will always be sent from 'Liverpool HopeLGBT'.
- There will always be the availability to update your details we hold, and also remove themselves from the mailing list.
- As always, details will always be kept confidential and in accordance to the Data Protection Act.
Last week the Steering Committee met to decide the direction of the campaign for the year and how we would spend the budget.
The meeting suggested ideas for socials and campaigns for the year which lead to the creation of our priority campaigns
The committee also asked LGBT officer Andi Herring to apply for funding at this weeks 'Hope In The Community' forum, this funding bid was successful and we gained £150 towards a Love Music Hate Homophobia gig for next term.
The next steering meeting will be after the Christmas break where the committee (YOU!) can hold your officer to account as well as have a say on the delegates we send to NATIONAL LGBT CONFERENCE 2013!!!
To read more about the meeting and what our steering committee does see the steering committee page here
Over the past months HopeLGBT and the Students' Union have received concerns from our members over the new questions on the Equal Opportunities registration form (part of the Registration Task for all Students).
Your LGBT Officer (Andi Herring) and Vice-President Welfare (Peter Downey) have been working on this issue, lobbying the university and representing you.
The Students' Union are pleased to release this statement alongside HopeLGBT:
Taken from www.hopesu.com:
Online Registration and Equal Opportunities Monitoring
Within the past month I have received several concerned emails and correspondences about the equal opportunities questions asked on the online registration form all students were asked to fill in to register on their course. The LGBT officer and I have been working hard to feed back the concerns of our members to the university and also lobby the university on this issue. It has taken some time to investigate why the questions were posed in such a way and why this information was gathered. After consulting with professionals in this field and the University, the Students' Union has recommended several changes to the form for next year's registration task.
Yesterday I reported to the University Equal Opportunities Sub-committee. At this meeting I advised there was a need for transparent clarification on why this information is required. Further to this, I raised concerns about the answer options on two of the questions and the proposed the following changes:
Firstly, the gender question offers only 2 options: Male and Female. Not all students define into these genders. We propose that this is changed to four options: Male, Female, and Other & Prefer not to say. Secondly, the question regarding whether the subject’s gender is the same as was assigned at birth does not currently include the option: Prefer not to say. We propose this option is added.
I have now reassurances from the University that they will take on board our recommendations and take steps to resolve the online registration process in line with our recommendations and the guidelines set by Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Vice President Welfare
If you have any comments or concerns about this article please contact us confidentially on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Seen Awards 2012!
The whole city is talking about it... They're back! The Seen Awards 2012 are coming to Camp And Furnace on the 12th October 2012 for an evening of glitz, glamour to celebrate Liverpools LGBT Community. This year there are 13 awards up for grabs and the shortlist has never looked better featuring the amazing Liverpool Pride and Michael Causer Foundation, many of the quarters venues... and our very own LGBT Officer Andi Herring shortlisted for Young Person Of The Year!LGBT Campaign Coordinator Catherine Davison Said This:I have already voted for Andi and suggest you do too!Let's all get together like I know we can and get him as many votes as possible! Andi has organised some amazing events and campaigns with lots more to come this year! From the brilliant job he did at Liverpool Pride launching the Merseyside LGBT Student Network, to the Finale event raising money for The Michael Causer Foundation. His other work includes the nationally recognised Love Sport Hate Homophobia campaign - soon to be featured in DIVA magazine and our Faith and Sexuality Focus. He has made sure we got listed for the first time on Stonewall's University ranking as well as being crowned National 'Developed Society Of The Year'. After organising all of this and the socials - I think it would be great if you could show your appreciation and give him your vote!You can vote online NOW! at www.seenawards.co.uk and vote for Andi by clicking on the 'Young Person Of The Year' category!
ANNOUNCING HOPE'S WELCOME WEEK 2012!
NINE WHOLE DAYS PACKED FULL OF LIVERPOOL FRESHERS FUN!
We are pleased to be able to annouce that HopeLGBT will once again be hosting our traditional THURSDAY night of welcome week! More information to be released closer to the time!
Britain's Largest Free Pride Outside London Increases Attendance Figures for Third Consecutive Year!
Hope Lgbt, Liverpool Pride and Love Music Hate Homophobia are pleased to present THE OFFICIAL LIVERPOOL PRIDE FINALE LINE UP!
...Well almost, we wouldn't want to give everything away yet would we!
★ TWO Acts Straight from the Waterfront Stage! ★
The amazing MiC LOWRY and one more to be revealed!
★ TWO of Scotland's Best! ★
Our Host for the evening Nancy Clench - Scotland's BIGGEST Drag Queen
And one more we don't want to tell you about just yet!
★ ONE in from Wales for Good Measure ★
The amazing Kameelion to close the night!
★ Throw in Fresh, Home-Grown Talent! ★
From the brilliant Paul O'Keefe, Lou Lu & the Boy and the Fabulous Beauty!!
★ And a Production from Pride's First Theatre Company ★
Grin Theatre Productions with an all new performance!
There will also be a special appearance including Hope SU and the LGBT Choir Liverpool... but not in person
SEE YOU ON SUNDAY 5TH AUGUST AT LEAF (Bold Street) AND LETS SEE PRIDE WEEKEND 2012 OUT WITH A BANG!!
★ DOORS OPEN AT 6PM ★
£3 Donation On Door in aid of: Michael Causer Foundation
Have a fantastic Pride!
Working in Partnership With:
Merseyside Police Gay And Lesbian Support Network,
UNISON North West,
And Liverpool Hope Students' Union.