On Wednesday 11th October, between 12.30 – 2pm, Spectrum would like to invite staff and students to come to the Meeting House in Treforest to listen to 'coming out’ stories from Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay and Transgender staff and students.
Spectrum, the LGBT+ Staff Network is a group of USW staff committed to promoting LGBT equality for all within the university.
We would like to invite our LGBT staff and students to share their coming out stories to mark Coming Out Day.
It will be a chance to hear about the problems some of us have faced in our lives just because of how we were born, and it may be something you are curious about listening to.
The event will also include a chance to ask questions you didn’t know if you were 'allowed’ to ask! More than anything, listening to these insights may help you understand a little bit more, or to become more aware of some challenges the LGBT community face.
If you who would like to share your story, please contact Rhiannon Kemp. If you are unavailable next Wednesday or are not keen to stand in front of an audience, you can either write out your story for someone to read out on the day, or you can record it and send it for us to play.
We welcome a range of different stories, from hard-hitting to tear jerkers to walks in the park, and it doesn’t have to be your 'first’ coming out story. We are coming out all the time, so you might want to share another one, or a series of ones.
We are looking to organise the same event next year in each campus, but need a bit of support from staff and students in other campuses to make it happen. If you are interested in playing a part in this next year, get in touch with Rhiannon!
Coming Out Day: Background Information
This year is the 29th anniversary since it was first observed. Coming Out Day has always been an opportunity to raise awareness of the need for LGBTQ liberation all over the world.
Here in the UK, we have won many battles to establish LGB equality in the law, but there is still work to be done, especially for Trans and Bi people.
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