Sexual Orientation Equality Officer

Iain French I’m Iain, a third year Public Policy Student. During my time at university I have been heavily involved in the LGBTQ+ society. In my second year I held the post of Vice President, and this year I have had the honour of holding the position of President and I am passionate about LGBTQ+ […]

Iain French

SRC ELECTION PHOTOI’m Iain, a third year Public Policy Student. During my time at university I have been heavily involved in the LGBTQ+ society. In my second year I held the post of Vice President, and this year I have had the honour of holding the position of President and I am passionate about LGBTQ+ rights, and feel this will more than equip me with the skills this role requires.

If elected I will:

  • Continue my close relationship with the LGBTQ+ society – my role as Past President next year will give me a clear advantage to do this – and I will listen to the LGBTQ+ student population.
  • Continue the work regarding Gender Neutral Toilets – focusing on the campus redevelopment and push for more GN facilities in the Gym.
  • Build upon the work already done regarding Trans issues, and increase the focus on events like Asexual Awareness Week.
  • Push for an LGBTQ+ space on campus.

I will be a visible and approachable representative of the LGBTQ+ community, and will endeavour to ensure that LGBTQ+ voices are heard loudly on campus and help us become a more inclusive and equal student community.

Viljami Yli-Hemminki

11001955_805456612835242_971541931_oI’m Viljami Yli-Hemminki, a Finnish psychology first year student and I am running for the post of Sexual Orientation Equality Officer. I think I am the best candidate for this position because I have a long history of LGBT activism and personal experience after coming out in 2009. I completed the International Baccalaureate in Costa Rica where I was the founding member of our college’s LGBT society, which I lead for two years. I organized professionals to speak from HIV to transgender issues. I completed my military service as a combat communications private which has helped me develop my skills as a team player and a leader. Though I am from a religious background, I am myself an atheist, this has enabled me to understand and appreciate a conservative viewpoint without necessarily agreeing with it.

If I am elected I promise to:

  • Promote safe sex and a more ready culture for getting tested.
  • Work for a smoother integration into the LGBT community during Fresher’s week.
  • To make sure that the T* doesn’t fade away when our rights progress at different speeds.
  • To fight prejudice with in the LGBT community relating to ageism, racism and masculinity/femininity.