Today (Sunday 1st December) is World AIDS Day, so we’re here to spread some awareness.
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!
It’s now the end of Asexual Awareness Week, so it must be time for a talk by David Jay, the founder of the Asexuality Visibility and Education Network (AVEN). It’s a 3 part talk, but it’s very much worth watching.
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.
People often have many objections to asexuality, many of which come from a lack of understanding of what exactly asexuality is. So here’s a list of the most common responses that asexuals receive, along with the reasons why they are wrong.
A lot of asexuals engage in romantic relationships, some with asexuals and others with non-asexuals, so today I have a FAQ for you all.
Asexuality is a spectrum! Asexuality is not simply black and white, and there’s a huge grey area in the middle. Grey asexuals experience sexual attraction under limited circumstances or very infrequently, and are very much part of the asexual community.
Whilst aromanticism isn’t inherently linked to asexuality, lots of the ideas are very similar, and it further highlights the separation of sexual and romantic attraction.
As part of Asexuality Awareness Week I will be posting a link to something asexuality related every day! Today is the first day, so I felt that a good way to start would be with a recent Huffington Post article that explains the origin of the asexual community and a bit about what asexuality is all about.
We know that lots of people may worry about coming to socials, either because they feel like it may be hard to integrate, because they would rather not turn up alone, or just that they aren’t sure that they will be able to find the social. If you are one of those people, then the Parenting Scheme is the thing for you. All you have to do is fill out the Child Sign-up Form and you will be assigned two parents who will get in contact with you, let you know who they are, and arrange to meet you before socials if you would like them to. Your parents will be returning members from the previous year and so will be well placed to help you to feel more comfortable at socials and to help you to integrate. If you have any questions, your parents will be more than happy to answer them, or to point you in the direct of someone who is better placed to answer them.
Also, don’t forget about the Welcome Buffet on Saturday 12th October (Week 2)! The Welcome Buffet is a great place to meet new people as well as to find out who your exec are, as well as to find your reps for any rep groups that you self-define into. As the name may suggest, there will be some food – typically sandwiches, crisps and other similar buffet items.
Membership costs just £3 and doesn’t require you to join the Societies Federation. When you join, you will be added to our mailing list and so will receive our weekly email telling you all about our upcoming socials. The money helps to support the society and allows us to keep running events and campaigns for all of the LGBTUA+ community.
So what are you waiting for? Head over to Warwick SU and sign up!