Candidate for the position of LGBT+ Officer

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Rosie Taylor

I'm Rosie and I’m currently in my second year studying Biological Sciences. I’m a EUSA Wellbeing Officer and lead coordinator of WellComm, the peer support scheme for STEM students out at King’s Buildings. I use She/Her pronouns. I've been active within the Edinburgh community as an advocate for LGBT+ rights, mental health policy and student wellbeing. Doing this has prepared and motivated me to push for any changes that we need to make within our University and community.

My aims as LGBT+ Officer include:

Shaping the University:

  • Regular ‘Queer Quorums’ to spotlight student achievements and change the University by sharing experiences and suggestions

  • Work with the new Trans & Non-Binary Officer for stronger policies and actions against transphobia & queerphobia on campus

  • Better signposting and increased availability of gender neutral facilities on ALL campuses

Connecting and Creating:

  • A non-gendered fashion show and open mic event to build on the Queer Arts Collective

  • Work with Sexpression and local organisations to teach Edinburgh Youth about queer history, LGBT+ identities and sexual health.

  • Support smaller networks to grow - safer spaces for interfaith groups, international students, estranged students.

Amplifying Voices:

  • Work with Disabled and BME Student Liberation Campaigns to encourage awareness of intersectional issues

  • Create safe, informal spaces for students and staff to learn about diverse identities together

  • Encourage and highlight LGBT+ inclusion in sports and societies and removing barriers to this.

For more about what I plan to change and how I plan to do it, please check out my Facebook, where I will be shamelessly plugging my campaign.

But why should you vote for me???!!! I'm so glad you asked. So far I have:

  • Spoken on panel discussions & at University-wide events, using these to highlight current deficits within the University’s treatment and understanding of LGBT+ and Disabled students.

  • Worked with the CSE Equality & Diversity Committee during LGBT+ History Month to provide more events and socials at King’s Buildings.

  • Presented at a Wikipedia event on the origins of LGBT+ History Month and the importance of representation online.

  • Ran a successful blog series over Pride month in 2018, creating space for the voices of our amazing queer staff and students.

  • Secured funding for projects with the Disabled Staff Network and Equality & Diversity committee that aim to tackle the stigma around mental illness and disability.

  • Organised and run a weekly drop-in through WellComm, open to all students, but particularly minority groups or those needing support.

I'm so glad I typed all of this instead of my essay, and I hope you'll make me your next LGBT+ Officer.

Rosie x