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March 3, 2014 | by  | in Opinion |
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Another year, even more queer! Or less queer, because one of the Co-Presidents is straight… Hi folks! Sami and Connor here, your co-presidents of UniQ for 2014.

Sami is really excited to be working with Connor this year to bring forward some awesome activities and opportunities for everyone involved with UniQ. She loves discussing all sorts with anyone, and is super-passionate about equal rights and furthering opportunities for the queer (or LGBTIQ+ if you prefer) community.

Connor is miffed that his description is second; he also wonders why he’s using the third person. Nevertheless, he’s very excited to help make UniQ into an awesome social hub for students of all identities. He’s always up for a chat, and will be often found hanging out with the UniQ crew in the Hub.

We’re really excited to be working with our awesome executive this year to bring you all some great social opportunities and even more of our lunch spaces in the Hub (12 pm every Wednesday).

We’ve recently returned from the NXT:14 LGBT Young Leaders Conference which was full of informative and fun sessions, and lots of generosity from the US Embassy (thanks Obama!). The conference especially highlighted the issues and problems that some of our trans* and intersex students may be facing, and we are all eager to formulate some strategies to make everyone feel more welcome at our UniQ events, and university in general.

Last year saw a meeting between UniQ and the Student Health staff with regards to queer sexual health and how best to address any issues that may arise. The staff there are super-supportive, so if you weren’t feeling too sure about it, they have the (what I call) co-presidential tick of approval.

So if you were wondering how best to get involved with UniQ for the year, coming along to lunch spaces is a great start to get to know everyone in a relaxed and informal setting. Also, we will be around on Clubs Week, so come and find us and say hi, and add your name to our mailing list.  Additionally, we’re going to be having a few events throughout each trimester, so keep an eye on University noticeboards for our fantastic posters (shout out to Jonny our Comms Officer!).

Good luck for your first week (or first week back!) and if you’re having any worries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to send us an email!

Sami Poynter-Mellors and Connor Thompson

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