Queen’s JCR support motionPosted: May 22, 2011
Things are beginning to happen. Queen’s is the first JCR we know of to support the motion, having agreed to adopt a gender-neutral attitude to most things the JCR controls. Including things we didn’t think of — Frances will be looking through most of the JCR publications, including the Constitution and Freshers’ Handbook, for gendered language.
An important thing to note: the motion did not originally mandate anyone to ensure that the suggestions in it were being followed. That has now been changed in the template; we suggest that the LGBT Officer or equivalent, or Equalities if nothing else, be in charge of that.
Additionally, Queen’s was a little unsure about passing a motion of support for the campaign as a whole without further information (that motion has been deferred until later). You might want to link people to this website in the motion as it is sent to the JCR lists so that they can look up more information about it before they come to the meeting. A common misunderstanding was that we wanted to make all toilets gender-neutral, rather than just ensuring that there was a gender-neutral alternative. To help with this, we’ve added a new section to the website, under Aims, which explains in detail all the things we want to achieve.
If any other college has also passed the motion (or not, though hopefully that won’t happen) let us know!
UPDATE: Trinity passed the motion the same evening. Only 36 more to go.