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Hi, my name is Leah and I am re-running to be your LGBTQ+ Officer for next year.
In my manifesto and speeches last year, I made a lot of promises I vowed to keep and voiced a lot of aims that I wanted to achieve. Since being the LGBT Officer for the last six months I have kept those promises and achieved those aims. My main aim was to achieve a sense of pride, and for us to have our own university-wide pride event. Not only did we end up with one pride event, but a whole week’s worth. That, coupled with campaigns such as #LetsStop Homophobia, our charity fundraisers and the improvements made to the society has created a really good platform for the 2016/2017 academic year.
If I get re-elected this year I would like to build on what we have accomplished already, with the theme: Life Get’s Better Together. I want us as a university, as a community, to improve not only our lives but the lives of others too. I want to increase inclusivity, improve the sense of security people feel on campus and make sure everyone feels safe being and expressing themselves. Last year we had the bare bones of a society, of a voice for our universities’ LGBT community, and we have worked hard to build it up to where it is today, but we can do so much better. We can hold so many more events, help and inspire so many more people. Yes, this year we have done well, but next year I know we can do even better.
In just one event last year we managed to raise over £300 for London Friend, a brilliant charity that aims to help LGBT youths in London, and with that in mind I want to regularly support local LGBT charities and to really start making a difference in the local communities in terms of LGBT youth and welfare. We have hosted and attended very successful campaigns and events at university and I would like to start branching outside of our campus walls, collaborating with other universities, attending demonstrations, campaigns, fundraisers and events, increasing Roehampton’s reputation as an LGBT friendly place and making vital connections with other universities, charities and companies. I will aim for a bigger and better Pride week, to hold an LGBT conference much like the BME conference we had this term and to have events for all types of people.
I want to make sure that, no matter your gender and sexuality, you will be treated equally and with respect. Whilst working with the other Part-Time Officers, the Sabbatical Officers and the RSU, as well as listening to your ideas and opinions, I will make sure that the next academic year will be a great time for all.