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February 29, 2012 | by  | in Opinion |
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Bent

Dear First-Years,

So, you’re gay. A little bi-curious maybe? Ambisextrous? Homoflexible? Bent? Asexual? Trans? Undecided? Whatever? Meh? All of the above?

Well, whoever you are, wherever you’re from and however you identify: welcome. You have come to the right place.

As the hub of one of the most culturally vibrant and liberal cities in the country, Vic Uni is a great place to be gay. It’s fiercely diverse and outrageous, it’s a place to come out of you shell or, indeed, your closet. For many of you, it will be a place to face your demons and fears without the comforts of home: a place to discover passions, find significant others and yourself.

So, what can you expect from the queer community on campus? First and foremost, UniQ: an all-inclusive social, support group based right here at Vic for queer students and their friends. It provides awesome events, safe spaces and a great foundation for socialising and peer support. You should totally join.

Next week, drop on down and see our adorable clubs week stall—there will be lollies, prizes, sexy stall bitches and some brand spanking new super cute banners. It’s also a great opportunity to sign up to the UniQ mailing list for info on upcoming events and such.

On Friday 9th it’s time to get your nerdy on with the Back-To-School Party at Aro Valley Community Hall (for that authentic school-yard feel). Dress up in your best preppy attire and show off your smarts with the quiz at 9 and the School Disco at 10.30. And don’t worry, there’ll be a bar.

The Queer Mentoring program is also rearing to go this year, so if you have any questions, queries or concerns about anything really, we are here to help. Email queer.officer@vuw.ac.nz if you or a friend would like to be set up with a mentor.

What else? The Safe Space program, Pride Week, the Bent column, UniQ (for everyone), The Girls’ Group (for the ladies), The Gender Club (for the whatevers), Legalise Love, a new website in the works, Queerlient, – ah! Too much excitement! For more info, just hit up our Facebook page or email uniqvictoria@ gmail.com.

So drink, study, make new friends, eat awful Hall of Residence food, fool-around with members of the same sex–you know, all that typical freshman tomfoolery. But most of all have an amazing Orientation Week. We’ll see you at the Back-To- School Party!

It’s going to be a fabulous year.

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  1. Bob says:

    how come you encourage people to drink? but you don’t encourage people to smoke canibus or P ? surely its not because one is illegal and the others are not, thats a cop out, they all cause harm.

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