Here is how we are celebrating LGBT(plus); history month 2020

What is LGBT+ History Month?

LGBT+ History Month aims to promote tolerance and raise awareness of the prejudices faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The aim of LGBT History Month is to primarily teach people about the history of the gay rights movement and to promote an inclusive modern society.

KeeleSU's LGBTQ+ Society are hosting a wide range of activities for the month which can be found by clicking here . 

What is KeeleSU Up To For the Month?

Besides the continual promotion of our brill LGBTQ+ society events, we will be putting on a film showing of Pride (2014), and hosting a 'Sex Week' where your Welfare and Internationalisation officer will be educating and raising awareness of issues such as; contraception, healthy relationships and sexual violence.

Also on the 17th February the winner of Drag Race Season 1, The Vivienne, will be stopping by the union!  

Pride (2014) - Ground Floor, Thursday 13th Feb, 6-8pm

Sex Week : 10th - 14th Feb

Quiz a Queer

To round off LGBT+ history month we are answering questions no matter how honest or wild.
Ask here:
As answers come in, we will populate the space below :

"I've seen brokeback mountain, is it that easy to pop it in?" -Tents Situations
No, anal sex typically needs some preparation to help "ease" things on in. The way its depicted in the film would of probs lead to some tearing.

"Can you still wear fake nails" - Lif3Sci3nc3s
Depends, where are you wearing them? Day-to-day wear your fake nails, be glam and fab. Heading down south? maybe think about taking them off otherwise before you do as you might hurt something. 

"My mates come out, does he fancy me?" - Egg
Just because someones come out to you, doesn't mean they fancy you. Its easier to come out to someone you trust, so you are probs just a great mate. If they've explicitly said they fancy you and you're not interested, just turn them down nicely. LGBT+ peeps don't fancy every person they meet, just like heterosexuals - We all think some people are munters, fit or just experience no sexual/romantic attraction at all. 

"What's the best way to come out?" -Cabbage29

There's no set way which is going to get the best results every time. Start small, tell a mate you know you can trust and go from there. Be clear about whether or not they can tell people, remember it's your journey and you should be the one to direct it.

Always think about your safety first. If telling the person is going to put you in immediate danger, Don't. 

Depending on what you're coming out with, whether it's your gender identity or sexuality. Be prepared to answer some questions or work on politely declining. It can be tiring being expected to answer every question about your identity - but make sure you have some good resources to refer people towards when the fatigue is too much.

"If we accept all the sexual orientations, which I find their numbers and definitions very confusing, where are we going to draw the lines and borders? are we going to accept pedophilia as a normal sexual orientation one day too?" - MiddleGroundSeeker

There are many different elements in the LGBT+ spectrum, whether you accept them is up to you. Personally, if it makes someone more comfortable to describe themselves with a different label to the well-recognised ones, then that’s ok, I can’t see the harm in it. It is confusing sometimes but it doesn’t mean they should be thrown out altogether in place for a rigid structure of sexual orientations and genders – many people turn to the LGBT+ community to get away from this. LGBT+ relationships involve consenting adults – nothing like paedophilia. Paedophilia will never be accepted into the LGBT+ community, and if for some wild reason it started to be, then we would push back hard, from inside and outside the community. 

"How do you deal with people after coming out and feeling uncomfortable when you’re showering with them in sports teams" -0161

If your team are treating you differently because of you coming out and are excluding you from activities, this isn't ok. Keele University and union-run a joint #NeverOK campaign, aiming to ensure students aren't treated differently because of a facet of their identity. If your teammates are treating you differently, it might be worth flagging with your captain, and failing that the SU activities team. This doesn't mean dobbing them in and getting them in trouble, we'll try to educate and train where possible before getting serious. 

Ngl, I used to be a defender on the football team at the time, and when I came out they all got iffy - but after I told them I thought they were all munters, it levelled off. They thought i was gonna fancy them all, and sexualise them, I just wanted to play footie. 

"Being Homosexual, Bisexual etc is just a psychological condition like depression" - MiddleGroundSeeker

Psychological disorders are not just defined by something outside the norm, they cause significant distress to the person with the disorder and interrupt their daily functioning. This is the case with depression, OCD etc but not with being LGBT+. Most distress comes from not accepting yourself and not being accepted by others, but once this is overcome being gay is just a part of who you are. So if I was told conclusively that being LGBT+ meant I had a disorder that was causing me as much stress and sadness as any other disorder, then I’d be very confused, as I know it’s not (comparing the stress I get from being LGBT+ is nowhere near as high as the stress I have from my anxiety, for example). The World Health Organisation and the American Psychiatric Association will also agree that homosexuality is not a psychological disorder.

"We moved from being violent towards the LGBT community straight into criminalizing anyone who has an opinion that does not appeal to the LGBT, even slightly." - MiddleGroundSeeker

People have their right to freedom of expression, but this does not mean people can be homophobic/transphobic – this is hate speech. According to the UN hate speech is any kind of communication in speech, writing or behaviour, that attacks or uses pejorative or discriminatory language with reference to a person or a group on the basis of who they are, in other words, based on their religion, ethnicity, nationality race, colour, descent, gender or another identity factor. If someone’s being persecuted for their opinion, it’s more than likely they’ve overstepped the line.