Sexual Orientation Equality Officer
Alistair Craig I’m a second-year History student and I’m running to be your Sexual Orientation Equality Officer so liberation is not an afterthought but at the heart of everything the SRC does. I’m an experienced campaigner and have the enthusiasm and ideas to improve the experiences of LGBTQ+ students. Mental health issues disproportionately effect LGBTQ+ […]
I’m a second-year History student and I’m running to be your Sexual Orientation Equality Officer so liberation is not an afterthought but at the heart of everything the SRC does. I’m an experienced campaigner and have the enthusiasm and ideas to improve the experiences of LGBTQ+ students.
Mental health issues disproportionately effect LGBTQ+ people, and with one in four students suffering from depression there is a silent crisis on our campus. As a gay man who struggles with depression, I understand how it feels to lack the confidence and not know where to get support. If elected I will raise awareness of mental health issues, the services on offer, and campaign to end outsourcing which is driving down the standard of our university services.
I would ensure that the University is a safe space for LGBTQ+ people and that the SRC does more to educate about LGBTQ+ identities. More gender-neutral toilets, an LGBTQ+ section in the library, a specific LGBTQ+ space, and better equalities training for Freshers’ Week Helpers are ways we can make everyone feel respected, included, and valued.
I would be visible and approachable, and view the opportunity to represent LGBTQ+ interests on the SRC as an honour.
I have held numerous roles during my time at Glasgow. I’m currently President of Great Days Out Society, running trips throughout Scotland for 600 members. During third year I sat on the LGBTQ+ Society committee. In first and second year I represented students with the British Medical Association locally and nationally.
If elected, I will:
- Work with LGBTQ+ and other groups on campus to ensure the University provides a welcoming environment for international LGBTQ+ students who may have different cultural needs to home students
- Campaign to reduce the often dismissive attitude and misunderstanding of bisexuality
- Run a week of events promoting LGBTQ+ issues, including an educational event for medics on trans* healthcare (an important area in which most doctors lack knowledge)
- Keep gender neutral toilets high on the agenda as planning for the new campus begins
- Support and encourage more students to access sexual health services available in Glasgow
- Celebrate the 40 year anniversary of the Gay Society (now LGBTQ+) and recognise the progress achieved since then
I have the experience, commitment and passion needed to successfully represent all students on issues relating to sexual orientation.