Your president, Jo, is working with the lovely Student Officers at the Durham Student Union to roll out Active Bystander Intervention training to over 500 freshers’ reps over the last two days!
We will be running this training in sessions with the LGBTa – if you’re interested in getting involved with the Durham Sexual Violence Taskforce, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Esther at email@example.com.
Our new publicity and media officer Steven Williams has been writing a blog detailing the activities of the LGBTa and various other LGBTa related news in Durham. Here’s a link to the most recent post; https://durhamlgbta.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/lgbta-blog-the-one-with-educate-celebrate-a-bathroom/.
MAAPLE UK are currently running a campaign for asexual awareness, called #exhibitA, showing the existence and importance of asexual individuals in our LGBTQ+ community. The Durham LGBTa are proud to support this campaign – if you want any more information on asexuality, please head to http://maaple.org.uk, or contact our Asexual Rep, Alex!
For all of you who are still up in the North East, Newcastle has something special for you this weekend: PRIDE!
Here’s what they say on their Facebook page:
Newcastle Pride returns for its 8th year with an extended event over 3 days, 17th, 18th & 19th July at Town Moor
Friday 17th Park open 7 until 9.15
Saturday 18th Park open 12.15pm until 7pm
Sunday 19th Park Opens 1.15pm until 8pm
Newcastle Pride Parade Saturday 18th July Newcastle Civic Centre 12pm
The line-up for this year’s Newcastle Pride is bigger and better than ever with B*Witched and Belinda Carlisle headlining along with Lucy Spraggen, Heather Peace, Joseph Whelan, Delt Amour, Kitty Brucknell, Ross Alexander, Allan Jay, The Waiters , Annabel Patterson, Courtney Dixon, Samantha Duran, Gucci Gabor, Daisy Diamond, Sam Dickinson, Channy Thompson, Northern Proud Voices, Jamie Lee Harrison, Abba Girlz, Dale Ali. All hosted by the fabulous Miss Rory
As well as the main stage you can we have our Zones, Eazystreet Cabaret Tent, Powerhouse Dance Tent, Steve Paske Health Zone, Women’s Zone, Family & Youth Zone and Bear Zone, market stalls and a Fun Fair.
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This year marked the second ever Durham Pride, and the first ever Pride Parade! A huge thanks to all the organisers, especially our good friend Phil Mullen, for all their hard work.
The turnout was exceptional, with LGBTQ+ people and allies out in swarms! The wonderful Miss Tess Tickle was absolutely incredible – make sure you come along to meet her at Osbourne’s Bar on our Monday socials next term!
So Durham has broken up for summer holidays and your LGBTa exec are still working away to organise your events for this upcoming academic year! A huge congratulations to all the Durham finalists for their wonderful degrees and their graduations in the upcoming week. Make sure you don’t trip!
We can’t wait to meet all of you new freshers who are joining us in September. Stay tuned for information about the socials and events we’ll have for you, including the exciting Shipwrecked halloween boat party!
Our regular social is tonight (Monday 13th October) from 8.00 p.m. in Kingsgate (the DSU- behind the main reception desk, to the left), probably going on to Osbourne’s at some later point in the evening. There’s an exec meeting from 7 in the LGBT Room (downstairs, immediately to the right down a corridor at the foot of the first flight of stairs, through a door and left), which is open to all. If you want to be met by someone beforehand, message us or text Thom on 07919678576! Apologies for the late post.
Also, welfare open door sessions begin today (Monday) at 11:15 at the Yum cafe in the Palatine Centre, and will occur regularly. If another appointment is needed, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.