LGBT+

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Subscribe to the CUSU LGBT+ mailing list here.

Queens’ LGBT+

What we do
Queens’ and Cambridge more generally are great environments to be LGBT+. As rep, it’s my role to make sure whatever your sexual or gender identity, you feel that you’re supported and part of a community.

Welfare
Whether you need condoms, dental dams, lubricant or pregnancy tests, all are available through the college. If you need any of the above, fill out this form and the sexual health item you requested will be delivered to your pidgeon hole in a discreet package as soon as possible.

If you’re struggling with any issues related to identifying as LGBT+, be it coming out or questioning your sexuality or gender identity and so on, please contact me through any means listed on the committee page. If you want to talk in person or get in touch through email, any concern can be shared with me confidentially and I will always do my best to help or get you in contact with the right people who can.

Representative
The second part of my position as rep is to make sure the needs of LGBT+ students are seen to by the JCR. If there are any concerns you have with college in terms of representing LGBT+ needs, such as facilities, inclusive talks, etc. do again get in touch at jcr-lgbtq@queens.cam.ac.uk to ensure the LGBT+ community is visible and fairly represented in college.

The social side of the LGBT+ scene is particularly great in Queens’, and something that will continue through this year. As rep, I will organize swaps to maximise the mixing Queens’ does with other colleges, as well as host pre-drinks for all LGBT+ events, such as the club night or Rainbow Bops which happen throughout the year. Combined with the welfare side, I will be happy to attend any LGBT+ event you don’t wish to attend alone – just simply get in touch!

CUSU LGBT+
A big part of being LGBT+ is meeting people outside of college early on, and CUSU LGBT+ is responsible for organising the bigger social events. On a weekly basis, CUSU LGBT+ hosts the following events, with details announced in the CUSU LGBT+ mailing list or facebook page :

Freshers
Queens’ has started running, from this year, the ‘Queer Peer Project’, where many existing LGBT+ students wear a rainbow badge to show that it is ok to be out in college! This is a useful gesture to freshers who might be unsure whether it is safe to come out within the Queens’ community. We at Queens’ LGBT+ hope that this reassures freshers of being accepted and tolerated in their new home 🙂
Every year, Queens’ runs a Parenting Scheme with three other colleges -Pembroke, Peterhouse and Corpus. The purpose of this scheme is to meet new people and make some LGBT+ friends within your college. This way, new students can meet new people in a smaller and less intimidating situation than any uni-wide event! Make sure to contact me if you wish to be included in the scheme. We’ll also be running regular events with these colleges, so stay tuned!

CUSU has an excellent parenting scheme, where two to three LGBT+ freshers are given two LGBT+ parents from second year upwards. This is a great way to meet LGBT+ people and get into the social side of the LGBT+ scene from the get go. Sign up for LGBT+ parenting here.

Online resources


CUSU trans* resources
A fairly comprehensive guide to being transgender in Cambridge, from tackling transphobia to thinking about your gender identity.

University Counselling Service
Another free counselling service as an alternative to college welfare, which has range of professional therapists to offer help and advice.

The Laurels Sexual Health Clinic
A free confidential clinic in Cambridge who offer a wider range of contraceptives, as well as vaccines and treatments for STIs.

Cambridge University Counselling Service
Another free counselling service as an alternative to college welfare, which has range of professional therapists to offer help and advice.

CUSU LGBT+phobia Contact Form
In case you ever experience any kind of homophobic discrimination, an anonymous form to communicate to CUSU LGBT+, who will follow up on the incident.

JCR Monkey
JCR Monkey,
Working behind the scenes!