Sexual Orientation Equality Officer
Liam King Hi, I’m Liam. I’m currently a second-year Psychology and Philosophy student and I’m running for the post of Sexual Orientation Equality Officer. I think I would be ideal for this position: I’m gay, have a strong work ethic and am a member of various societies across campus. These include the GULGBT, the Geography […]
Hi, I’m Liam. I’m currently a second-year Psychology and Philosophy student and I’m running for the post of Sexual Orientation Equality Officer. I think I would be ideal for this position: I’m gay, have a strong work ethic and am a member of various societies across campus. These include the GULGBT, the Geography society and I support of both our unions by regularly using their services and bars.
What I want to achieve is to redefine what the position means on campus. It has been used previously to define the image of sexuality through media. However I think it would be far more beneficial to make the position more responsive to students. I want to hear what services students want. While there is already established focus for LGBT-society and scene folk, I want to expand that to include the whole student body but without losing sight of the needs of those who identify as LGBTQ.
I think raising awareness for good sexual health and the services available in and around campus (Sandyford, Hep B vaccinations), and have a bigger Freshers’ Week presence, especially for those identifying as LGBTQ, will help move us towards a more equal and inclusive student body.
As a highly active member of the GULGBTQ+ society, I have witnessed first-hand the phenomenal support offered by the SRC. I endeavour to continue to strengthen these links, providing maximum support to the university’s LGBT community.
As Sexual Orientation Equality Officer I wish to:
- Work in collaboration with the Gender Equality Officer to further implement the establishment of ‘gender neutral’ toilets across campus, to help prevent harassment and other inconveniences faced by trans* members of the university.
- Continue working towards strengthening the University’s Trans* Equality Policy to assure that trans* members receive the fullest support possible from the university.
- Work with student unions and halls of residence to ensure there is a zero-tolerance of homophobia and that these remain safe spaces for LGBT students.
- Collaborate with the Clubs and Society’s Officer to foresee the continuation of LGBT themed events where possible across societies.
- Further promote LGBT culture through greater recognition of local queer publications such as ‘Polari’ and ‘Mosaic’ across campus, and through continuing to promote the university at events such as Glasgow Pride, Glasgay and LGBT History Month.
I relish the chance of supporting Glasgow’s LGBT community as the new Sexual Orientation Equality Officer!