Our job as student leaders is to fight for those in our society who need us most, leading a student culture which celebrates diversity and standing up for each other when we need it most. That’s why we are proud to mark LGBT+ History Month, both as a celebration of our LGBT+ Jewish community, and as a focus on how much further we can go to expel homophobia, transphobia and biphobia from our Jewish student society and beyond.
In January, we held our annual UJS Liberation Conference, which also includes the LGBT+ network - with the highest turnout, participation and engagement ever. Especially on the LGBT+ front some great conversations and discussions were had and we are really excited to continue that drive into the whole year. Get in touch if you have ideas for the upcoming year and let's make it happen.
You can find our updated Resource Guide to LGBT+ History Month here - get some ideas on what event to run in your J-Soc or on campus, find useful links or educational content. Contact your Sabbatical Officer if you'd like to know more or we can help with anything!
LGBT+ History Month is celebrated annually around the world at different times of the year. The overall aim of LGBT+ History Month is to promote equality and diversity for the benefit of society. This is done in different ways, including increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their history, lives and experiences, raising awareness and advancing education around the LGBT+ community, promoting the welfare of LGBT+ people and more. Since its’ creation 14 years ago, LGBT+ history month is celebrated in different in different ways – and you can get involved too!
At UJS conference 2018, you voted on UJS having a bloc at London Pride. If you want to join our bloc, you can register your interest by emailing Esther.
For further information on Jewish LGBT+ activism and allyship, you may find the following organisations useful: