In honour of Pride Month and the LCR Pride march, we wanted to highlight some of the things that Edge Hill does all year round to support the LGBTQ+ community. We also wanted you to know how you can get involved and show your allyship.
Be an ally at Edge Hill
We have a dedicated society, Edge Hill Queers, who help to create a welcoming and inclusive community for all LGBTQ+ students and allies. The society hosts events and activities to celebrate the queer community all year round. As well as being a great way to meet new friends, the society also creates a safe, non-judgemental environment.
With two voluntary officers, LGBTQ+ Officer and Trans & Non-Binary Officer, we have a wide range of campaigns and events throughout the academic year. By having our amazing officers work hard to represent LGBTQ+ students across campus, we hope to make Edge Hill an inclusive and welcoming environment. For everybody.
In the LCR Awards 2023, Edge Hill’s Trans & Non-Binary Officer, Kai, won Campaigner of the Year. A well-deserved award for all of his outstanding work across campus. Kai has delivered trans-awareness and inclusivity training for staff, as well as organising vigils and raising money.
Edge Hill’s annual Pride Week is usually held in February. This is to celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month. Our events have previously included a Pride fair, Queer Prom, crafternoon, Jodie Harsh (a drag DJ) and Milk social (named after Harvey Milk). We also attend the LCR Pride march each year with many of our staff and students.
We also celebrate international days too. Our Trans & Non-Binary Officer has previously hosted a stall at the International Transgender Day of Visibility Fair. Featuring a bake sale, jewellery making and pronoun badges for people to wear.
*Photo taken by Edge Hill Students’ Union
Inclusive of everyone
At Edge Hill an inclusive environment is at the heart of our values. Both staff and students are encouraged to be aware of their actions, to be positive and inclusive. Edge Hill aims for everyone to feel comfortable and valued in their place of work or study. This is regardless of your religion, age, who you love, what you identify as or the colour of your skin.
Supporting LGBTQ+ students toolkits are available online 24/7. The toolkits include resources, language explanations and advice from our LGBTQ+ students. We know it is important to share our students’ experiences in order to help others on their journey.
For all to see
By now you will be familiar with our signs of support across the University. We understand it is important for groups to feel represented. This is why you will find all sections of the LGBTQ+ community across campus. We want to raise awareness. We want you to be seen and be heard.
We proudly support and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. And we encourage a culture where equality is promoted, diversity is valued and the rights and dignity of all are respected. In the Hub, we have a dedicated information wall to highlight the timeline of significant dates and events in the LGBTQ+ community. We acknowledge the way that society has developed, with the hope that further progress can be made in the future. And to show our support for the fight for equality.
Share your support
Join in Liverpool’s LRC ‘March with Pride’ on Saturday 29 July with Edge Hill. Starting at St George’s Plateau from 10.30am, the march will leave at 12pm. Want to be involved? Please email Sara Ainscow at [email protected]
June 7, 2023