LGBT History Month means so much to so many people but no one thing to all. For some it’s a chance to celebrate their sexuality, for some it’s a time to remember and reflect on the progress that’s been made in LGBT+ rights and for others it’s a time to line up the challenges ahead in making the world a better place for LGBT+ people.
We want all of our LGBT+ members and allies to spend the month doing all of the above and more. You’ll see the rainbow flag across all of our shops and offices signalling our support and showing that our spaces are safe spaces.
At UoGSU we love the diversity of our community and the inclusive way we study, work and live together but we also know there’s work to do. There’s never a time when we’ll be finished talking about LGBT+ rights and whilst we can’t confine conversations to this month we can certainly use the month as a springboard to get things going.
Language is powerful and we’re calling on you all to think about how your language impacts others. The University of Gloucestershire is known as a friendly, safe and welcoming university and we want that to extend to everyone no matter who they are or who they love. It’s an old cliché that “words can never hurt me” and it really doesn’t stack up – words have the power to bring into question everything you thought about your place in the world and what those around you think of you. Being thoughtful in your language shows that you care about others and are willing to put in the work to make other people feel able to be involved too.
So take some time this month, reflect on what you say, how that could be heard by someone and be the person to call out things that you don’t think are ok – you don’t know the difference you could make in someone else’s life.
Stonewall, the LGBT charity, has a really helpful glossary here that you should have a look at: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/help-advice/glossary-terms