Sorry it’s been a slow start to term. Things are slowly beginning to roll now, as we decide how to move forwards; if you want to be involved, either come to the Mitre on Sunday 6th November at 12 noon, or come to LGBTQ Campaign on Wednesday 9th November at 7pm. Currently, I’d advise you not to start putting forward any more JCR motions, or sending letters to Senior Tutors, as we are revising our strategy and the substance of them may well change in the coming weeks! Please come along; it would be wonderful to have some more support. ~Frances (OU LGTBQSoc Trans Rep)
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.
We will be hosting our launch event on Tuesday the 10th of May at Green Templeton College bar. The event starts at 8 o’ clock.
In collaboration with the LGBTQ Society’s weekly Drinks event, we will be having an evening of music, maybe even comedy, and Just Chatting. Confirmed acts so far include local student space-folk band The Mechanisms, and London alternative artist CN Lester.
We’ll also explain (briefly!) what we hope to achieve, how we hope to achieve it, and what you can do to help.
We hope to see you there.
Welcome to the website of the Oxford University Genderless Campaign. We are trying to make the university as gender-neutral as possible, so that it is as trans*-friendly as it can possibly be. There will be content on this website soon.