Pride Guide 2015/16 (Plain Text)

Welcome to the plain text version of the Pride Guide! At Warwick Pride, we try to ensure that we are as accessible as possible, but if you have any access needs that you think we’ve missed, just get in touch! You can email us at access@warwickpride.org.

Don’t want the plain text version? Head back to the PDF version.


Contents

About the Society

  1. How to find us!
  2. Welcome to Pride!
  3. Campaigns
  4. Events
  5. Tour and Glitterball
  6. How to find out what’s on!
  7. Welfare
  8. Democracy
  9. Liberation Communities
  10. Our Acronym (LGBTUA+!?)

A Quick Recap

  1. To Do List
  2. Who did you know?
  3. Upcoming Events

How to find us!

Once you’ve taken a look at the events calendar at the end of this guide, or signed up as a member to receive our weekly events email, you’ll need to know how to spot us! For the foreseeable future we’ll have a copy of this guide on the table at our socials.

Front cover of the Pride Guide that will be on the table
Front cover of the Pride Guide that will be on the table at socials

If you’d like a member of exec to meet you before a social, to bring you to the right place and introduce you to some other members, just email us at hello@warwickpride.org and we’ll be happy to arrange something to suit you.


Welcome to Pride!

First things first, welcome to Warwick Pride, the University of Warwick’s LGBTUA+ society!

Whether you picked up your 2015/16 Pride Guide at the Freshers’ Fair, or are joining us later in the year, there’s plenty for you to get involved in. As a “three strand society” Pride is committed to campaigning for LGBTUA+ liberation, providing advice and welfare services, and running more social events than you could shake a stick at!

The following pages should give you a whistle-stop tour of the society; who we are, what we do, and where to find us! Of course, there’s plenty more to see and do, so make sure to check out our website and stop by at some of our upcoming events.

Pride is an amazing place to form lifelong friendships, fight for and make a difference to causes you believe in, as well as to simply relax and have fun! We hope to get to know better you over the coming term, and would like to wish you all the best as you embark on this exciting journey. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us by emailing hello@warwickpride.org!

How to get involved

Society membership is just £3 for the year, and a great way to stay up to date with our latest news! Our lovely secretary Alice will send you a weekly email with the details of all of our upcoming events, though in the meantime you can check out the events at the end of this guide for what’s going on at the start of term!

If you’re at all nervous about coming along, why not check out warwickpride.org and join the Parenting Scheme? You’ll be assigned two Pride members as ‘parents’ to help you find your feet and introduce you to the rest of the society; it’s a popular way to become part of the Pride family!


Campaigns

An important part of Pride’s remit is campaigning on behalf of LGBTUA+ students. Below are some of the campaigns you can get involved with over the coming year!

Pride Week

A week’s worth of events in November dedicated to raising awareness of LGBTUA+ issues on campus. Alongside the Union’s LGBTUA+ Officer, we organise a range of events such as workshops, film screenings, talks and question panels.

IDAHoBiT (International Day Against Homo-, Bi- and Trans-phobia)

An annual programme of events designed to raise awareness of the ongoing discrimination and violence against LGBTUA+ people around the world.

Non-Binary Gender Options

An ongoing campaign to ensure forms created within the university are inclusive of non-binary people. (As well as those created further afield!)

Gender Neutral Toilets

After recently securing gender-neutral accessible facilities within the SU, we’re turning our attention to university facilities.

People of Faith

Another joint campaign with the other liberation societies, seeking to ensure LGBTUA+ people of faith feel comfortable within both the LGBTUA+ community and the university in general.

Pride is a Protest

Warwick Pride is committed to campaigning for an end to the commercialisation of Pride marches, and a return to acknowledging the ongoing struggle for LGBT+ rights around the world.

Liberation Spaces

Securing a space on campus for Warwick’s liberation communities is paramount to forging strong links between the communities and furthering our common aims.

Bi Visibility

Increasing the visibility of bi people, and promoting awareness of the issues faced by the bi community.

Community Outreach

Reaching out into the community to connect with and support other LGBT+ and/or charitable organisations in the West Midlands is imperative to our efforts as a campaigning organisation.

LGBT+ History Month

A month-long series of events in February shining a spotlight on LGBT+ history, as well as current campaigns and issues.

Personal Tutor System

We’re taking steps to ensure that the system includes LGBTUA+ and mental health awareness training for tutors. This campaign is being run jointly with the other liberation societies and officers at Warwick, to ensure the system works consistently for all students from liberation groups.

For more information about our new and ongoing campaigns, as well as how to get involved, visit home.warwickpride.org/campaigns.


Events

Warwick Pride loves to socialise! We run weekly coffee socials, clubbing socials, breakfast socials, film screenings, debates, market trips, meal socials, bowling trips, laser quest sessions, workshops, talks and much more! There really is something for everyone, and we’re always open to new suggestions. Just email us your ideas at events@warwickpride.org.

Our community officers also organise regular acronym-specific socials for their own communities (women’s, bi, trans, etc.), so be sure to keep an eye out for those too. Our acronym-socials are a great way to meet other like-minded individuals, and discuss issues that affect your communities. We also provide discreet socials for those worried about attending events held in public spaces.

There’s always a sober member of the exec present to duty our events, providing support as required and someone to talk to if you’re feeling a little out of your depth. In addition we make sure to hold a wide range of non-drinking, alcohol-free events.

This year, we have a lot in store for you! We’re planning an amazing series of events for Pride Week in November & LGBT+ History Month in February, alongside our regular weekly socials and trips. Be sure to check out our first trip of the year, to the Alan Turing exhibition at Bletchley Park.

Be sure to check out our biggest welcoming event of the year, the Welcome Buffet, on Saturday 17th October at 7pm in SUHQ! With free food, resources, all of the exec, and a large number of both new and existing members, it’s an opportunity you don’t want to miss.


Tour and Glitterball

Tour

Every year we take a few days away from the Bubble that is campus and its hectic atmosphere of studiousness, and run a tour to a selected LGBTUA+ friendly area where we chill out, have fun and enjoy each other’s company. Our events team does all the organising, so if you’re interested keep an eye out in the weekly emails, and get yourself involved in deciding where we go and what we do! Coming on tour is a fantastic way to get to know other Pride members and to make long-lasting friends and memories.

Glitterball

The year wouldn’t be complete without a night of festivities; a fancy meal with entertainment, followed by a night out somewhere nice. The Glitterball is a great way to solidify friendships, particularly before we head off for a few wild days on tour! We hope to see you there!

For more information about events, visit home.warwickpride.org/events.


How to find out what’s on!

Our freshers’ fortnight events are at the end of this guide! Join the society for just £3 and you’ll also get our weekly events emails, with full details of events for the week ahead. You can even sync our calendar with yours at calendar.warwickpride.org.


Welfare

A key part of Pride is supporting the welfare of our members. Here are some of the ways Pride strives to support you during your time at university, and within the society:

The Parenting Scheme

Joining any society can be a daunting experience. The Parenting Scheme was created to assist new members in getting involved, by assigning them two existing members as ‘parents’. Don’t miss your chance to become part of the Pride family tree, sign up via our website: home.warwickpride.org/welfare/parenting.
If you’d like to speak to someone in confidence about welfare issues, please email welfare@warwickpride.org or sign up to the Befriending Service at home.warwickpride.org/welfare/befriending-service.

Coming Out

Pride holds termly coming out workshops, which are a great place to discuss methods and share experiences of coming out to friends, family, and hallmates. If you’d like further support you might also want to check out our Befriending Service at home.warwickpride.org/welfare/befriending-service.

Safer Sex Materials

Pride stocks a wide range of safer sex materials. These are available at the Welcome Buffet, and from Pigeonhole 489 in the SU throughout the year. Find out more at home.warwickpride.org/welfare/sexual-health.

Safe Space Policy

Our safe space policy (home.warwickpride.org/welfare/safe-space-policy) covers all forms of discrimination, and is upheld within society spaces by the exec. If someone is violating safe space, you can ask the duty exec to remove them.

For more information on welfare, visit home.warwickpride.org/welfare.


Democracy

Warwick Pride is a Warwick Students’ Union society with a democratically elected exec committee, and a constitution that outlines our aims, commitments, activities and how we operate.

Ordinary General Meetings (OGMs)

The OGM (Term 1) is held to elect a new Postgraduate & Mature Rep, and International Rep. Other unfilled positions are also elected at this time. In addition, amendments to the constitution/policy can be proposed.

Annual General Meetings (AGMs)

The AGM (Term 2) is held to elect the remaining positions on the exec committee. It’s also another opportunity to propose policy/amendments to the constitution.

Motions

If you’d like an example of how to write a motion, you can find one on our website under the democracy section. If you want to submit one to a GM you’ll need someone to second it too; if you’d like any help, get in touch with one of the exec (we’re happy to help!).

Exec Meetings

The exec meet on a weekly basis, and all members are welcome to come along. We discuss business arising, plan events and campaigns, and generally just keep the society up and running smoothly. The times and locations will be advertised in the weekly email; another reason to make sure you join!

If you’d like to get involved, make sure you buy your membership and keep an eye out in the weekly emails for notice of the GMs, and instructions about submitting motions/nominations for exec positions.

For more information on democracy and procedure, visit home.warwickpride.org/about/democracy.


Liberation Communities

Warwick Pride doesn’t exist in isolation; we’re part of the wider liberation community at Warwick, committed to taking a truly intersectional approach to liberation. We work closely alongside Warwick Anti-Sexism Society, Warwick Anti-Racism Society, Warwick Enable, Warwick Mind Aware and the part-time SU liberation officers.

The previous academic year saw the launch of the Warwick Liberation Coalition, cementing the alliances between the liberation societies, officers, students, and staff, and providing a forum for cross-community discussion and action. The coalition meets termly, when everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. The next meeting will be in week 5 – we’ll announce the details closer to the time in Pride’s weekly emails!

If you’d like to read more about what the coalition will be working on over the coming academic year, as well as how to get involved, you can read more here: home.warwickpride.org/liberation.

Warwick Anti-Sexism Society

“WASS dedicates itself to helping win the war against sexism and patriarchy. We hold weekly meetings, get active within our local community, and help campaign within wider society.”

Find out more at fb.me/warwickantisexism.

Warwick Anti-Racism Society

“The University of Warwick Anti-Racism Society (WAR Soc) is a recently-established student-run society campaigning for antiracism issues on campus. We run regular debates, workshops, socials and general discussions, as well as campaigns.”

Find out more at fb.me/warsoc.

Warwick Enable

“Warwick Enable is the society for disabled students, their friends, allies, enablers and carers at the University of Warwick. Our aim is to create a community that can help provide support for disabled students here at Warwick.”

Find out more at warwicksu.com/societies/18989.

Warwick Mind Aware

“Warwick Mind Aware is a group within Warwick University that aims to campaign for mental health issues and increase general allround emotional well being!”

Find out more at fb.me/WarwickMindAware.

SU Liberation Officers

These four officers work to ensure that the voices of liberation groups are represented within the SU. They each hold a seat on Union Council, and run campaigns and themed weeks designed to raise awareness of issues affecting liberation students’ lives.

Find out more at bit.do/liberation.

SU Welfare & Campaigns Sabbatical Officer

“Part of my job is to offer advice regarding housing, sexual and mental health and immigration. The other part of my job is to encourage student activism, so when you are passionate about an issue I can advise you on how to go about organising a campaign.

Find out more at bit.do/welfare.


Our Acronym (LGBTUA+!?)

L is for Lesbian…

A lesbian can generally be defined as a woman who experiences romantic and/or sexual attraction to other women. As an identity, it is differentiated from ‘bi’ by referring to women who exclusively experience attraction to women; however some women who identify as bi or queer may also use lesbian as an identifier to signify the importance of their inclusion in the lesbian community. Women who are attracted to other women may also prefer the term ’gay’ over lesbian.

More at home.warwickpride.org/about/acronym/lesbian.

G is for Gay…

A gay person is generally taken to be someone who experiences sexual and/or romantic attraction to individuals of the same gender as themself. People of any gender may identify as gay, though it is often taken as a shorthand term for ‘gay men’.

Read more at home.warwickpride.org/about/acronym/gay.

B is for Bi…

A bi person is someone who experiences sexual and/or romantic attraction to people of more than one gender. Its common definition stipulates attraction to men and women, but many people find this to be overly simplistic as bi people may be attracted to people of any gender classification. The term ’pan’, as in ’pansexual’ or ’panromantic’, specifically applies to attraction to multiple genders, as a non-binary gender inclusive term.

Read more at home.warwickpride.org/about/acronym/bi.

T is for Trans*…

A trans* person is someone whose gender identity is different to that which they were assigned at birth (i.e. what was written on their original birth certificate), or whose gender expression or presentation differs from the typical, and who selfdefines as trans*. A large number of different identities fall within this umbrella term, including trans man, trans woman, genderqueer, bigender, agender, and genderfluid.

More at home.warwickpride.org/about/acronym/trans.

U is for Undefined…

An undefined person is someone who does not label their sexual and/or romantic orientation, or gender identity. This may be because they feel that no label accurately describes them, or because they see such labels as limiting. Being undefined involves being aware that identity, expression and attraction are diverse and often fluid.

More at home.warwickpride.org/about/acronym/undefined.

A is for Asexual…

An asexual person is someone who does not experience sexual attraction. They may or may not find certain people attractive or fall in love, but this is not accompanied by a desire to have sex. Asexuality is a sexual orientation, just like heterosexuality, homosexuality etc. Many asexuals use the idea of romantic attraction to describe who they are romantically attracted to, identifying as heteroromantic, homoromantic, biromantic etc. Others do not experience romantic attraction and identify as aromantic.

More at home.warwickpride.org/about/acronym/asexual.


To Do List

Join The Society!

Go to home.warwickpride.org/join and follow the instructions to pay your £3 to join for the year. You’ll receive the right to vote at GMs, and be the lucky recipient of the weekly emails detailing our upcoming events and activities!

Sign Up To The Parenting Scheme!

If you’d like to secure yourself a place on the Warwick Pride family tree, and be assigned two Pride ’parents’ to help you settle into the society remember to sign up to the Parenting Scheme at home.warwickpride.org/welfare/parenting.

Find Out What’s Going On!

The Welcome Buffet is one date you certainly don’t want to miss! Everyone gathers for food, friendship, and fun on Saturday October 17th from 7pm in SUHQ (off of the Piazza). For other upcoming events see the calendar for the first two weeks, or check out our Google calendar at calendar.warwickpride.org!

Discover The Facebook Groups!

There are a number of ‘secret’ Facebook groups for you to join (including acronym-specific communities), in order to get involved in discussions and meet like-minded individuals. You can find the request form at home.warwickpride.org/facebook.

Email Us!

We don’t bite! Email us with your queries, suggestions, and requests. Get to know your exec, and find out how to get involved with the society. You can find all of our email addresses at home.warwickpride.org/about/meet-the-exec.


Who Did You Know?

These are the people featured on the front cover of the Pride Guide.

Front cover of the Pride Guide that will be on the table
Front cover of the Pride Guide, featuring a variety of famous LGBTUA+ people

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera – Ugandan LGBT rights activist who founded Freedom & Roam Uganda.

George Takei – Famous gay Star Trek actor, internet personality and LGBT rights activist.

Bayard Rustin – American leader in civil rights, socialism, pacifism and gay rights.

Paris Lees – British journalist, presenter and transgender rights activist.

Stormé DeLarverie – Singer and drag king rumoured to have thrown the first punch in the Stonewall riots.

Hamed Sinno – One of the few out queer Lebanese entertainers.

Arsham Parsi – Founder of Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees, which helps LGBT Iranians seeking refuge.

Harvey Milk – First openly gay person elected to public office in California, and seventh nationally.

Laverne Cox – Orange Is The New Black star and first transgender actress to be nominated for an Emmy.

Whether you’ve discovered that you’re an expert, or an absolute beginner, get involved with Warwick Pride to learn more about LGBTUA+ activism!


Upcoming Events

Week 1

Monday:

3–5pm – Coffee Social (University House Cafe)

Wednesday:

5–7pm – Postgraduate and Mature Social (The Graduate)

Thursday:

4–6pm – Terrace Bar Social (Terrace Bar)

Friday:

2:30–4pm – Asexual/Aromantic Coffee Social (Curiositea)
7–9pm – Trans Meal Social (Bar Fusion)

Week 2

Monday:

3–4:30pm – People of Colour Social (University House Cafe)

Tuesday:

3–4pm – Bi Social (University House Cafe)

Wednesday:

3–4:30pm – Undefined Social (Curiositea)

Thursday:

4–6pm – Terrace Bar Social (Terrace Bar)

Friday:

2–3:30pm – Women’s Social (Costa)
5–6:30pm – People with Disabilities Social (Arts Centre Cafe)

Saturday:

7–10pm – Welcome Buffet (Meeting Rooms 4/5, SUHQ)

Check out home.warwickpride.org/calendar for further events!