LGBT+ Representative – Ryan Montgomery
Hi guys, I’m Ryan (He/Him), and I’m a second-year History & MML student. As LGBT+ Officer, my role involves:
- Providing welfare support to anyone who identifies, or thinks that they might be, LGBTQ+;
- Representing the views and concerns of LGBTQ+ students to College, and working to achieve greater representation, and;
- Running social events throughout the year
Queens’ has a thriving and diverse LGBTQ+ community – everyone is welcome regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. My job is to ensure that the needs of this community are met, and that you everyone can express themselves as safely and freely as possible. As a welfare officer, I’m here to provide support, whether you are already out, struggling to do so or questioning your identity. If you have any questions, worries or just want a friendly chat, feel free to contact me through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook, or anywhere around College!
Freshers’ Week can sometimes be difficult, especially if you’re not already open – or sure – about your sexual/gender identity. To help you feel at home, we’re once again running the ‘Queer Peer’ Project: you’ll see older students wearing a rainbow pin badge around Queens’ during Freshers’ Week, to show just how open and accepting the College environment is and to answer any questions you might have. There’s also a chance to sign up to an LGBT+ Parenting Scheme, run with 3 other colleges. I was assigned a family group last year and it was a great way to get to know other LGBTQ+ students and get involved in Cambridge’s (amazingly enormous) LGBTQ+ scene!
In terms of Representation, my main focus this year is pushing for more gender-neutral spaces and admin in College. We’ve already made great progress, and I’m sure that the year ahead will see many more positive changes for LGBTQ+ students. You’ve made a great choice of college and we can’t wait to welcome you into our Queens’ community!