The University of Warwick Students’ Union society for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans*, Undefined and Asexual students and their friends.

We provide a safe, friendly social atmosphere in which to meet other students at Warwick; as well as providing information, advice and support for those coming to terms with their sexuality, including a befriending service for those not yet ready to meet a large group. We maintain a library of books and DVDs for our members. We also campaign on various issues on behalf of the LGBTUA+ community both within the university and in the wider community. We raise awareness of the issues facing LGBTUA+ people and campaign for changes where needed. Finally, we provide a great deal of information on sexual health and safer sex, and provide free safer sex materials (including condoms and lubricant suitable for anal sex, flavoured condoms suitable for oral sex, dental dams and latex and non-latex gloves). If you haven’t yet joined the Society, you can do so online at the Students Union Website. It costs just £3 to join for one year. If you are a Warwick student we recommend you choose Standard Membership as this will enable you to vote in society elections (or stand as a candidate). If you are a graduate or a member of the public then you must choose Associate Membership. You can get updates from Warwick Pride on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr. Be sure to check out our Google Calendar during term time – we post all our events there! You can also get to know the Exec team, who are here as a point of contact!

Warwick Pride at Birmingham Pride 2011

Warwick Pride at Birmingham Pride 2012

NUS LGBT Conference Elections

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NUS LGBT Conference delegate elections are open, and you can stand for positions here: http://www.warwicksu.com/democracy/

The SU have funded 5 places, and Pride has funded an additional 2. Therefore the delegate places are as follows:
2 Open places (open to all LGBTUA+ students)
2 Women’s places (open to self-identified women)
1 Black place (open to those who identify as an ethnic minority)
1 Trans place (open to those who identify as trans*)
1 Disabled place (open to disabled students)
(You will also only be entitled to vote for those positions which you are eligible to stand for.)

You can find out more about the conference here http://www.nusconnect.org.uk/ents/event/933/
Information includes dates, location, provisional motions list and standing orders. Alternatively, contact myself or another member of the exec by emailing hello@warwickpride.org.

Nominations close at midday on Friday 18th April, and polling opens at 9am on Wednesday 23rd April.

Wishing you all the best,

Sam, Pride President

World AIDS Day

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The 1st of December saw the 25th annual World AIDS Day. There are around 10, 000 people currently living with HIV in the UK and 34 million globally. This makes it one of the worst epidemics in history. But how much do we really know about the virus?

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The History

Researchers first observed unexplained cases of enlarged lymph nodes amongst homosexual men in 1981. By 1983 AIDS had been reported in 33 countries highlighting how quickly the disease spread in two years.

The following couple of years were vital in the development of the virus; scientists confirmed that a new retrovirus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), is the cause of AIDS which was soon followed with a HIV antibody test being licensed.

Two years after the antibody test was licensed, AZT is the first approved anti-HIV drug and becomes the most expensive drug in history, costing over £6, 000 for a year’s supply.

In 1988 the first World AIDS Day was designated by The World Health Organisation on the 1st of December but the disease was still spreading rapidly. By 1990, only 9 years after the first case of the virus was recognised, nearly twice as many Americans had died from AIDS than had died in the Vietnam conflict. By 1995 AIDS became the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 25 and 44.

As science and medicine progressed AIDS patients now lived longer as a result of new anti-HIV therapies. By 2006 the world’s first single pill anti-HIV drug, to be taken once a day is approved. By this time, 40 million people are living with HIV around the world.

Interest in AIDS and HIV grew over the years. So much so, by 2011, various bodies plan their own initiatives to find a cure for the virus. In 2012 two methods were being approached in an effort to find a cure: HIV immunity through gene therapy and stripping HIV from human DNA to have it destroyed by the immune system.

View a timeline of the history of World AIDS Day here.

Today

Whilst there has been a number of discoveries and medical advances concerning the virus, there are still 6, 300 people contracting the disease every single day worldwide. Since the beginning of the outbreak in 1981, 75 million people have contracted HIV and AIDS. It is currently affecting around 35 million people worldwide. This shows that we still have a long way to go in fighting the disease.

The virus has become much more manageable in the countries that can afford the drugs. Those affected can live fairly normal lives and the disease can almost go unnoticed. However, using protection when having sexual intercourse and being tested for HIV regularly still needs to be encouraged, whilst the management of the disease is becoming easier, it is still a disease which worldwide 262 people are contracting hourly.

What can you do to help?

World AIDS Day not only recognises and remembers all those who lost their lives to the virus and those who, today, are affected but encourages people to support the cause and fight against HIV.

The red ribbon was created by a group of New York artists who came up with the iconic symbol to bring awareness and support to those living with HIV across the globe.

In the UK a variety of events took place in support of World AIDS Day. Highlights included a marathon by Starfish Greathearts Foundation, a charity which brings hope to the children of South Africa who have been orphaned by AIDS.

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Tagagdere, a charity operated by people living with HIV for people living with HIV, held a craft fair and Sahir House ran a number of successful awareness campaigns including projecting a huge ribbon on the side of Liverpool Football Club and delivering messaged about HIV testing during one of their matches.

See how others celebrated World AIDS Day here.

Asexual Awareness Week: Day 6

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Asexuality was added to Warwick Pride’s acronym in 2006, but not all LGBT groups are as eager to be inclusive. Therefore, I think it’s important that this week also includes the reasoning for why it is so important to being inclusive of asexuality within Warwick Pride and other LGBT spaces.

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