Oriel has a range of activities and support for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans* or queer (including intersex, asexual and non-binary students). Every year, Oriel JCR elects an LGBTQ+ representative to offer welfare support, organise events, represent the LGBTQ+ community and liaise with the college, university and the wider community on LGBTQ+ issues. Becca Young, the LGBTQ+ Officer for 2018-19, is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
As your Officer, I work to provide a range of events for (but not limited to!) the LGBTQ+ community – all are welcome to evenings drinks and other relaxed events (such as tea & biscuits) that run periodically throughout term. We also have an LGBTQ+ Pride bop each year, in Hilary Term, where the entire college is invited to celebrate pride and the LGBTQ+ community for the night! Check out the termcard on the JCR page for more details and keep an eye on your emails to keep up to date with what’s going on! Additionally, we have a Facebook group and Messenger chat for the Oriel LGBTQ+ community – please email/message me to be added (and please do not add people without their consent, as this would effectively out them to the rest of the group chat)!
Apart from events, my role also has a welfare element – feel free to contact me at any time, via Facebook or email, or one of our Welfare Officers (Joel and Simone) or a trained Peer Supporter. The university-wide LGBTQSoc also has a wealth of resources, both on welfare and identities, on their website: http://www.oulgbtq.org.
To keep up to date with all of the happenings in the LGBTQ+ community in Oxford, I highly recommend that you subscribe to the university-wide LGBTQSoc mailing list (email email@example.com) – this will keep you in the loop with all of the many events that the Society runs, and also other events such as talks, panels, club nights, and plays!
In the past the JCR has held events including:
- start-of-term socials;
- a talk by S. Bear Bergman, a trans man, poet, playwright and artist preoccupied with questions of gender identity;
- a ‘Queer Questions’ event, where the concept of ‘queerness’ and the label ‘queer’ was discussed;
- LGBTQ+ Bop, a Saturday-night party where people were encouraged to experiment (respectfully!) with their gender identity and celebrate the LGBTQ community.
Watch this space for Trinity LGBTQ+ events! Email the LGBTQ+ rep with any suggestions of events you’d like to see.
2014/15 Information Leaflet
A PDF of the 2014/15 JCR LGBTQ information leaflet can be downloaded here: LGBTQ leaflet 2014. It contains useful contact information, a description of the LGBTQ rep’s role, suggestions as to how to get involved with LGBTQ at Oxford, Oriel students’ opinions and more.
Oriel LGBTQ+ Officer ‘Ask Me A Question’
People are welcome to submit questions about LGBTQ+ issues and the LGBTQ+ Officer’s role here: Oriel LGBTQ+ ‘Ask Me A Question’. It is a non-judgmental forum in which to ask anonymous questions about sexuality, gender, liberation movements, news, LGBTQ+ issues and any other relevant topics. You do not need to have any pre-knowledge, but please be considerate. It is also a place to make anonymous suggestions as to how LGBTQ+ experience at Oriel and Oxford could be improved.
2014 LGBTQ Survey Results
In Michaelmas 2014, the LGBTQ rep conducted a survey on attitudes, opinions and suggestions about LGBTQ issues in Oriel. The results can be found in the form of an infographic here.