The Proud 2 Be campaign intended to bring awareness of major issues faced by the LGBT+ community through two main conferences. The campaign also aims to highlight representations of LGBT+ community around the University campus.
The first event celebrated on Tuesday, 25th Febraury focused on Queer History and colonialism. The second event on Thursday, 27th February explored issues relating to the LGBT+ community and homelessness.
[The Proud 2 Be week] looks into the issues faced by the LGBT+ community, but also highlights the issues faced by people with intersecting identities.Tobias Lawrence, LGBT+ Officer, Newcastle University Student Union
Tobias Lawrence went to the NSR News Show on 26th February to talk about the meaning of the week and its purpose.
Lawrence said: “[The Proud 2 Be week] looks into the issues faced by the LGBT+ community, but also highlights the issues faced by people with intersecting identities.”
Throughout the show, Lawrence stressed the special difficulties faced by members of the queer community who are discriminated by multiple facets. Lawrence talked about Trans Black women, one of the most discriminated groups.
When talking about this, Lawrence introduced the Queer History event to touch upon the problems of intersectionality. Lawrence praised Bird la Bird’s walk through “queer history through the eyes of prisoners, working-class people; and look into colonialism’s real impact on LGBT lives within history.”
The Proud 2 Be Trust reported that 24% of homeless youth are part of the LGBT+ community
The second event of the week looked at the relationship between homelessness and LGBT+ people. Lawrence said it is important not only to consider visible homelessness but also the sofa surfing culture. The Proud 2 Be Trust reported that 24% of homeless youth are part of the LGBT+ community, and 77% believe coming out is the main reason leading to homelessness.
As part of the Proud 2 Be campaign, Lawrence has organised the release of videos talking with a different guest about different issues faced by the queer community. Some of these videos include discussions on mental and physical health, sexual exploitation, substance misuse, targeted violence.