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VOTE JOSH J AS YOUR LGBTUA+ OFFICER
ABOUT ME: I'm Josh Johnson, a second year History student from Nottinghamshire and I'm running to be your LGBTUA+ Officer.
EQUALITY. RESPECT. AWARENESS. EMPOWERMENT
The aim of my campaign is to create a comfortable and inclusive environment in which LGBTUA+ students can reach their full potential without fear of discrimination. Despite progress in improving how LGBTUA+ students experience Warwick University, it is clear this needs to be maintained and that there remain significant barriers that need to be broken down. My manifesto has been created with my own experiences as a gay man at University in mind, as well as following communication with members of Warwick Pride Society and Warwick's LGBTUA+ community. I will use this platform to positively represent a vibrant and diverse section of the University population, members of which exist as part of all degree courses, societies, ethnicities and nationalities.
- Represented the interests of the LGBTUA+ community through work with my local council.
- Active campaigner for LGBTUA+ and human rights charities like Amnesty International.
- Challenged MPs on a panel debating issues in media representation.
- Provided welfare support for numerous societies.
ONE OF THE KEY AIMS OF MY CAMPAIGN IS TO CHALLENGE HETERONORMATIVE STANDARDS FOR STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLBEING
Within this area, my goals are:
- Creating a campaign in Mental Health Awareness Week to end stigmas surrounding eating disorders, substance abuse, depression and related issues which disproportionately affect our community.
- I will push for adequate staff training when discussing issues surrounding sexuality and gender identity, ensuring this is speficic to cultural complexities and needs of the individual.
- Providing guidance for students wishing to change their pronouns/gender and for those who already have while at Warwick.
- Information available to LGBTUA+ students on sexual health, domestic violence and sexual assault is too cis-centric and heteronormative. I will work to combat erasure of women who have sex with women and trans* individuals in accessing tailored and inclusive information.
- Removing stigmas surrounding HIV/AIDS by selling red ribbons on campus and raising awareness during World AIDS Day.
I BELIEVE IN CREATING A FULLY INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH ALL LGBTUA+ STUDENTS CAN ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF SPORT
To achieve this, I want to:
- Build on the work of previous LGBTUA+ Officers in kicking anti-LGBT bullying out of sport.
- Create awareness of and promote the work that the Sport Allies Charity does for the LGBTUA+ community.
- Create a safe space in which LGBTUA+ individuals feel they can raise instances of bullying and harassment without judgement.
- Endorse a university-wide zero-tolerance policy towards anti-LGBT bullying and harassment
IF ELECTED, I WILL WORK TOWARDS EDUCATING THE WIDER STUDENT BODY AND EXPANDING THE REACH OF OUR COMMUNITY
- Encouraging societies with a political affiliation to speak out on how they support and welcome the LGBTUA+ community.
- Collaborating with other University LGBTUA+ societies and with local and national organisations.
- Educating the student body on sexualities that fall under the '+'.
- Working closely with the Pride Society to create more social events and drop in sessions.
- Working closely with other liberation officers like the Ethnic Minorities Officer, the Trans Officer and the Women's Officer to celebrate intersectionality.
EMPOWERMENT OF LGBTUA+ VOICES IS ESSENTIAL IF WE ARE TO PROGRESS AND GAIN ACCEPTANCE
It is my belief that every LGBTUA+ student should be aware of their rights and feel empowered to speak out against injustice, I will therefore work towards:
- Making Pride Week, LGBTUA+ History Month and Black History Month bigger and better with greater emphasis on intersectionality.
- Promoting and sustaining links with organisations that promote our interests and provide career opportunities for LGBTUA+ individuals e.g. the LGBT Foundation and GIRES.
- Creating an awareness of the organisations that can offer support to LGBTUA+ students after they leave University and promoting an understanding of your rights.
Feel free to contact me through my Facebook page if you have any more questions about my manifesto or if you want to find out more. I look forward to hearing from you!