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TONIGHT - PRIDE AND PROPAGANDA!!

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Hello!

I wanted to send out a quick reminder about the ‘PRIDE AND PROPAGANDA: LGBT RIGHTS IN RUSSIA’ public debate taking place TODAY - Wednesday 29th January, 6:30-8pm, in Old Theatre. This is a joint event between LSE Department of Law, LSE Spectrum, LSESU and LGBT Alliance. 

The panel will be discussing the on-going threats to LGBT rights in Russia, from the ‘homosexual propaganda’ law to the banning of gay pride parades.  

Speaking will be:

  • Jonathan Cooper, international human rights law practitioner and chief executive of the Human Dignity Trust
  • Kseniya Kirichenko, legal assistance program coordinator for the St Petersburg LGBT Organisation ‘Coming Out’
  • Peter Tatchell, renowned LGBT rights campaigner and director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation

Susan Marks, professor of international law in the Department of Law at LSE, will be chairing the event. 

This FREE event is open to all (LSE or not!) and will operate on a first come, first served basis. 

For all you keeno tweeters out there, suggested hashtag is #LSERussia

Click here for the Facebook event: LSERussia 

We will also be teaming up with LSESU Amnesty International on Saturday 1st February for the London Amnesty International Student Conference, which will include plenaries on the topics of LGBT rights and anti-slavery, and a protest outside the Russian embassy.

For the Facebook event, click here: AmnestyLGBT 

It’s of paramount importance that we stand with LGBT Russians, so I really hope you can make it. 

All the best,

Matt White

LSESU LGBT Officer 

su.lgbt@lse.ac.uk

@mattwhite2k14

There has been an incredible show of support of LSESU Pride Week from across the LSE Athletics Union’s sports teams today.

Fantastic to see such a a strong showing from LSE students and huge congratulations to all involved in making this happen - especially Matt White, LSESU LGBT Officer and Harold Craston AU President, and Thomas Meaden for sharing the love on Twitter!

Makes us proud to be proud!

Hope everyone enjoys Pride Zoo Bar tonight!

NUS Lobby of Parliament on Equal Marriage - TOMORROW

NUS are organising a national lobby of parliament on the day of the equal marriage vote, this coming Tuesday 5th February.

If you’re able to join them, please fill out this simple survey monkey form, so that we can keep a track on which MPs are being lobbied:https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/equalmarriagelobby

Once you’ve filled out the survey, NUS will be in touch with further details of what to expect on the day and where you need to be.

You is that you will need to be in London on the day from 9:30am – 4pm.

So please fill out the survey and join us for this historic vote. If you have any further questions about the day, please email equalmarriage@nus.org.uk.

Lobby your MP about Equal Marriage.

SOME TIPS FOR LOBBYING YOUR MP, AND WHAT WE THINK, ABOUT EQUAL MARRIAGE.

As you may already know, the Government published its same-sex marriage Bill last week, and the first vote is going to happen on the 5th/6th February; that’s less than a week away. We have sent all students an email today, asking them to lobby their MP’s and ask them to vote for equal marriage on the 5th/6th February. If you need some ideas about what to say, here’s some arguments in favour, and some handy hints on getting a good response from your MP.

Remember, it doesn’t matter who you are, or even if you’re normally allowed to vote – whether you’re a UK student or an international student, if you reside in the UK, you are entitled to contact and lobby your local MP.

Some general advice: 

1. Keep your message to your MP short, to the point.

2. Try and make your message personal to you – MPs don’t want to read the same letters over, and over, and over again; they want to know why you care about this issue, and why they should even attend the vote on your behalf, as your representative.

3. Don’t forget to be polite! You’ll never get a good response if you’re rude – so don’t blow it; you could be the one letter that changes your MP’s mind!

4. You might want to look at your MPs voting record on LGBT rights at www.TheyWorkForYou.com or research their opinions in the press; it’ll help when you’re trying to convince them to vote in favour – the Coalition for Equal Marriage website has loads of information!

Winning the arguments:

We’ve compiled a document, which you can find here, with all the common arguments MPs use when they oppose equal marriage rights. It might be a useful place to start.

If you have any specific questions, do drop me an email; su.lgbt@lse.ac.uk.

What we think:

We believe that love is love. Love knows no borders and neither should marriage. We believe those that oppose marriage equality are wrong – they’re either trying to mask homophobia with flimsy arguments, or they misunderstand what is on the table with this legislation.

We believe that equal marriage will strengthen the institution, not degrade it. Academic research has shown that the reasons why gay and lesbian couples marry are no different from those of heterosexual couples, that their divorce rates are no higher than heterosexual couples, and their relationships just as loving and positive. 

We believe that homophobia will never be stopped until LGBT people are viewed as equal under the law. Institutional barriers to equality must be broken before societal barriers will be broken down. 

We believe that this is just simply a matter of equal rights; we believe this “debate” shouldn’t even be necessary – it should already have happened decades ago. We shouldn’t have to debate equality, it should just happen.

Other sources of information:

If you want a more academic slant on the equal marriage debate, we held a great event in Michaelmas Term with Prof. M.V. Lee Badgett. You can watch the public lecture recording on the LSE website.

John Peart is the LGBT Officer for LSE Students’ Union.

Act now! Lobby Your MP about Equal Marriage!

I’m writing to you to ask for your urgent support in extending the rights of LGBT people in the UK. The Government published its same-sex marriage Bill last week, and the first vote is going to happen on the 5th/6th February; that’s less than a week away.

LSESU believes that love is love, no matter what gender or sexuality a couple might have. This vote is the first stage in making sure that our country’s laws respect the relationships of same-sex couples in the same way we recognise heterosexual relationships. That’s why we’re asking you to lobby your MP today, and ask them to support equal marriage.

It’s really simple.

  1. Visit www.WriteToThem.com,
  2. Type in your postcode,
  3. Write to your MP!
    Ask them to confirm that they will be at the vote for the Second Reading of the Bill, and to vote in favour of the proposed Bill. And tell them why it’s important to you!

That’s it! It doesn’t matter who you are, or even if you’re normally allowed to vote – whether you’re a UK student or an international student, if you reside in the UK, you are entitled to contact and lobby your local MP.

Keep your message to your MP short, to the point, personal and, most importantly, polite! (They won’t do anything for you if you’re rude!)

If you’d like some inspiration for what to write, check out my blog on the LSESU website for some ideas – what we think about equal marriage, and why naysayers are wrong!

 

Once you’ve lobbied your MP by email, keep your eyes peeled! We’ll be announcing details of our London wide student lobby of Parliament very soon!

 

Thanks for your support, and good luck lobbying your MP.

 

John Peart

LGBT Officer

What we think about equal marriage and some tips for lobbying your MP

As you may already know, the Government published its same-sex marriage Bill last week, and the first vote is going to happen on the 5th/6th February; that’s less than a week away. We have sent all students an email today, asking them to lobby their MP’s and ask them to vote for equal marriage on the 5th/6th February. If you need some ideas about what to say, here’s some arguments in favour, and some handy hints on getting a good response from your MP.

Remember, it doesn’t matter who you are, or even if you’re normally allowed to vote – whether you’re a UK student or an international student, if you reside in the UK, you are entitled to contact and lobby your local MP.

Some general advice:

  • Keep your message to your MP short, to the point.
  • Try and make your message personal to you – MPs don’t want to read the same letters over, and over, and over again; they want to know why you care about this issue, and why they should even attend the vote on your behalf, as your representative.
  • Don’t forget to be polite! You’ll never get a good response if you’re rude – so don’t blow it; you could be the one letter that changes your MP’s mind!
  • You might want to look at your MPs voting record on LGBT rights at www.TheyWorkForYou.com or research their opinions in the press; it’ll help when you’re trying to convince them to vote in favour – the Coalition for Equal Marriage website has loads of information!

Winning the arguments:

We’ve compiled a document, which you can find here, with all the common arguments MPs use when they oppose equal marriage rights. It might be a useful place to start.

If you have any specific questions, do drop me an email; su.lgbt@lse.ac.uk.

What we think:

We believe that love is love. Love knows no borders and neither should marriage. We believe those that oppose marriage equality are wrong – they’re either trying to mask homophobia with flimsy arguments, or they misunderstand what is on the table with this legislation.

We believe that equal marriage will strengthen the institution, not degrade it. Academic research has shown that the reasons why gay and lesbian couples marry are no different from those of heterosexual couples, that their divorce rates are no higher than heterosexual couples, and their relationships just as loving and positive.

We believe that homophobia will never be stopped until LGBT people are viewed as equal under the law. Institutional barriers to equality must be broken before societal barriers will be broken down.

We believe that this is just simply a matter of equal rights; we believe this “debate” shouldn’t even be necessary – it should already have happened decades ago. We shouldn’t have to debate equality, it should just happen.

Other sources of information:

If you want a more academic slant on the equal marriage debate, we held a great event in Michaelmas Term with Prof. M.V. Lee Badgett. You can watch the public lecture recording on the LSE website.

John Peart is the LGBT Officer for LSE Students’ Union

We’re going to pressure MPs on #EqualMarriage

Last term, I announced that the LSESU LGBT Alliance - the representative body for LGBT students at LSE - would be organising our priority campaign around LGBT rights, with a particular focus on equal marriage. All last term, we’ve been asking students to sign our equal marriage pledge:

I believe in equal marriage and will pressure my representatives to support it.

Hundreds of students and staff from the LSE community signed that pledge, and now we’re ready to step it up a gear. Rumours are circulating that the vote on equal marriage could happen before Valentines Day (how appropriate!) and we want to make sure that the voices of LSE students are heard in the debate. We know that the majority of LSE students support LGBT rights, and we’re going to give you the chance to directly influence the legislative agenda. 

Today, we’re announcing our intention to organise a mass lobby of Parliament for London students and students’ unions. Indications are that a majority of MPs may vote in favour of equal marriage legislation, but as the vote is not being “whipped” (the parties aren’t telling MPs how to vote), there is no obligation for them to turn up. So our action will be two-pronged; first, making sure our allies do attend Parliament on the day of the vote, and second, to make sure that those who oppose equal marriage aren’t allowed to oppose equal rights without a challenge.

We’ve already got a large list of students who have said they’re prepared to take action to ensure equal marriage legislation is passed, and so now is the appropriate time to make good on that pledge, and force politicians to take note of our views. We’re also best placed to lead this charge on behalf of LSE students thanks to the plethora of academics in the School who can help us win the intellectual arguments.

More details will be announced very shortly, but if you’d like to be involved in organising the lobby, or in mobilising students to attend, please get in touch. My email is su.lgbt@lse.ac.uk.

John Peart is the LGBT Officer for LSE Students’ Union.

LGBTea, Coffee, Cakes and Planning! - LGBT event this Wednesday!

WHAT?

First of all FREE TEA AND CAKE!! Yummy! 

The LGBT Alliance is holding an all student meeting for anyone that defines as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans, or is just generally interested in LGBT issues.

We’ll be reviewing the last term, and getting your input on what events you’d like to see during LGBT History Month in February, which this year is sponsored by the LSE Annual Fund, so we have a big budget to do some amazing stuff!

So come along and have your say! Whether you want more socials, have great ideas for some speakers, or just want to meet new people… everyone is welcome!

WHERE?

New Academic Building
NAB.2.08

WHEN?

Wed 16th Jan.
5:00PM - 7:00PM.

Click here for the Facebook event

Did you come to Pride Week events? We want your feedback!

 

Hello all,

First, a big thanks to all of you for coming to the great events put on by the LSESU LGBT Alliance this term. Whether you’ve enjoyed some LGBTea and Scones or have attended any of the interesting Pride Week events such as the When Gay People Get Married talk, we hope you’ve found them both fun and thought-provoking.

The LGBT Alliance exists to promote the welfare, careers and social opportunities of LGBT students at LSE and to do this to the best of our ability, it’s important that we hear from you and get your feedback. What we’d like to do is have an informal focus group to find out how we could improve the LGBT Alliance events. For example, we’d like to find out things as basic as what times are the most convenient for students to attend events, to whether students would like greater or fewer numbers of events, and whether they focus on careers opportunities, LGBT welfare or social events.

If you’d like to get involved in this, please let me know - my email is su.lgbt@lse.ac.uk - and I’ll try and organise a time that is convenient for everyone.

Many thanks 

John Peart (LGBT Officer)

"When Gay People Get Married" with Prof. M.V. Lee Badgett and Prof. Craig Calhoun.

As part of LSESU LGBT Pride Week, we’ve invited Prof. M.V. Lee Badgett from UCLA, and author of “When Gay People Get Married”, to give a keynote speech next Monday, 26th November, at 6:30pm. The event, which is co-hosted by the LSE Gender Institute, LSESU LGBT Alliance, and LSE Spectrum, will see Prof. Badgett explore the issues of gay marriage, using her leading research in the field.
Prof. Craig Calhoun, newly appointed Director of the School, will also be speaking at the event, providing opening remarks after he gave his full support to the LGBT Alliance’s LGBT Students for Equality campaign earlier this year.
The event is completely free but seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to see you there!

You can keep up to date with changes to this event on our Facebook page.

TODAY - “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” film screening for International Trans Awareness Week

The LSESU LGBT Alliance and LSE Gender Institute are putting on a joint event today to kick off Pride Week next week, and to highlight the end of International Trans Awareness Week. It’s also first screening of the Gender Institute Film Series 2012-13! 

When? TODAY - 3:00pm

Where? Columbia House, COL.5.04 (Entrance next to the Garrick on Aldwych)

"Hedwig and the Angry Inch" 
(USA, 2001)

While on tour with her band “The Angry Inch,” Hedwig sings her heart out to crowds in dumpy venues across middle America about her past of a botched sex reassignment surgery, betrayal from a lover now famous by stealing her songs and a search for her “other half.” 
Screening followed by an interactive discussion about gender identity, performativity, love and…rock n’ roll!

Light refreshments will be provided. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis - so arrive early! 

Find out about other Pride Week events here and don’t forget to like the “GI Film Series" Facebook page for updates on more screenings throughout the year and other film opportunities in London :)

Pride Crush - the biggest LGBT night of the LSE year

Pride Crush is the LSESU’s biggest LGBT night of the year. With great music, great drinks deals, and - of course - great company, it’s certainly not an evening to be missed.

This year, Pride Crush is on 30th November (that’s the Friday after next) with doors opening at 8:30pm. You can currently purchase tickets at a discounted rate of just £4 when you buy online… Get your ticket quick, before prices go up next week!

Purchase your ticket now!

You can keep up to date with the latest news about Pride Crush on our Facebook Event too.

Pride Crush is just one of the many events we’re organising or supporting as part of LSESU LGBT Pride Week. Don’t forget to check out the other great events we’re running too! They’re all on our Facebook page.

LSESU LGBT Pride Week is coming next week!

LSESU LGBT Pride Week is an annual, week long event, dedicated to educating the LSE student body about LGBT issues, tackling homophobia, transphobia and sexual prejudice and discrimination, and, at the same time, a chance to celebrate the diversity of the LGBT community. This year, it will be held on 26th - 30th November, with a pre-launch film screening on the 23rd November!

This year, we’re planning a series of events on a wide range of issues, aimed at a wide range of groups, both on campus and beyond. You can see everything we’ve got planned below; we’ve got lots organised, but we’d love your input too! 

In particular, we’d like people to write about LGBT issues for next week’s edition of The Beaver (27th November). It can be on any aspect of LGBT rights, life as an LGBT person, or just LGBT issues more broadly. We’ll need the pieces by Friday 23rd November (i.e. this Friday), but once you’ve written it, send it to su.lgbt@lse.ac.uk, and we’ll send it along to the right people at The Beaver!

Contact me on su.lgbt@lse.ac.uk if you’d like to get involved in any of the activities listed below, or just turn up on the day!
Full events list 
Keep up to date with changes on our Facebook page and on our website www.lsesulgbt.org.uk.

Friday 23rd November: 
• Film screening of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” with the LSE Gender Institute (Facebook Event).

All week:
• Campaigning on Houghton Street for our LGBT Students for Equality campaign.
• Raising money for the National AIDS Trust as part of World AIDS Day (December 1st).

Monday 26th November:
• FREE Public Lecture - “When Gay People Get Married” with Prof. M.V. Lee Badgett, UCLA, and opening remarks from Prof. Craig Calhoun. In conjunction with LSE Spectrum, the LSE staff LGBT network, and the LSE Gender Institute. (Facebook Event).

Wednesday 28th November:
• Undergraduate and General Course LGBTea and Coffee morning. (Facebook Event).
• Film screening of “Call Me Kuchu” organised by LSE Arts and AfricaTalks. (Facebook Event).

Thursday 29th November:
• LGBT, International aid and Asylum, panel debate. (Facebook Event).
• Ask Any Questions peer-support event for LGBT and questioning students. (Facebook Event).

Friday 30th November: 
• Pride Crush! - The Biggest LGBT Student Night of the Year. (Facebook Event). You can purchase tickets for Pride Crush in advance at 20% off the door price until 26th November. Visit this website to get them now!