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Queens’ – and Cambridge generally – are great environments for anyone who identifies as LGBTQIA+.
As LGBT+ Officer, I’m here to ensure you have the support you need regardless of your sexual, romantic or gender identity. Queens’ has a wonderful LGBTQIA+ community which I hope you’ll quickly feel a part of.
Freshers’ Week can sometimes be understandably stressful when faced with the prospect of coming out – even if you’re already out or struggling with your identity. This year, we’re once again running our ‘Queer Peer Project’ to show that it’s completely safe to be out and to express yourself in Queens’. Many current LGBTQIA+ students will be wearing pin badges around College during Freshers’ Week, to highlight the diversity of our community and to hopefully make you feel accepted and welcome in your new home!
Queens’ also runs a Parenting Scheme with three other colleges – Corpus, Pembroke and Peterhouse. Just like the College Family system, it’s a great way to meet new people and make friends with other LGBTQIA+ students in a friendly and relaxed environment. You can sign up to take part here.
As LGBT+ Officer, I am here to help you with any issues you face related to identifying as LGBTQIA+. This might involve coming out, questioning your sexual or romantic orientation or gender identity, mental/sexual health, or discrimination. Please contact me through any means listed on the Comittee page. I will always do my best to provide you with the support you need, or to point you in the direction of someone who can.
You can also access sexual health supplies – condoms, dental dams, lubricant or pregnancy tests – in College, via this form. The sexual health item you request will be delivered to your pigeon hole in a discreet package as soon as possible. It’s also super important to get tested regularly.
The second part of my role is to make sure that the needs of LGBTQIA+ students are met by College and the JCR. If there are any concerns you have, such as the accessibility of inclusive facilities or events, don’t hesitate to contact me or any other member of the JCR to ensure that the LGBTQIA+ community is visible and fairly represented in College.
On the social side, the Queens’ community has a lot going on throughout the year. I try to organise a good mixture of events, from cinema trips to formal swaps with other colleges, talks or pre-drinks for LGBTQIA+ club nights and bops. Let me know if there’s a particular type of event you’d like to see in College! I’ll also be happy to attend any LGBT+ event if you don’t want to go alone, just let me know!
Useful Online Resources
CUSU LGBT+ is responsible for organising bigger social events for the university-wide LGBTQIA+ community and ensuring that our needs and concerns are met by the University. To find out more, visit their website.
A fairly comprehensive guide to being transgender in Cambridge, from tackling transphobia to thinking about your gender identity.
An organisation doing some really exciting work on gender expression and increasing visibility for transgender individuals.
The UCS is a free alternative to college welfare, with professional therapists available to offer help, support and advice.
The MindOut Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Queer Mental Health Service provides a wide range of resources and support including a confidential, online instant message service with trained professionals.
The NHS website offers advice on dealing with mental health issues, as well as some more useful links.
Lots of really great resources including access to contraception, sexual health testing kits and treatments.
PrEP (Pre-exposure phrophylaxis) is a single tablet drug designed to reduce the risk of contracting HIV. It is not currently available on the NHS in England, but, as part of the ongoing PrEP Impact Trial, you can enquire about receiving PrEP at Cambridge’s Lime Tree Clinic.
This page contains some useful information, especially on screening and the importance of safe sex.
In case you ever experience any kind of discrimination or LGBT+phobia, be aware of this anonymous form to communicate your experience to CUSU LGBT+, who will follow up on the incident.