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LGBT+ History Month: Wellbeing Fair, support services and getting involved

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On Wednesday 15th February, the LGBT+ Wellbeing Fair took place in your SU as part of LGBT+ History Month. 

The Fair was organised by Student Representatives with the aim of promoting safe and fun LGBT+ spaces, experiences, activities and mental health support. 
 

 

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LGBT+ History and Rights Fair

On Friday 24th February we’ll be hosting our second fair of the month which is the LGBT+ History and Rights Fair which will aim to share the experiences of inspirational icons, educate on LGBT+ rights around the world and spread awareness of the history of pride in Plymouth. 

Find out more and add it to your calendar today.


 


 

On the day we saw: 

  

  • UPSU LGBT+ Part-Time Officer, Robert Nutkins 
    Read Robert’s statement for this year’s LGBT+ History Month here.
    Find out more.
     
  • UPSU Part-Time Transgender and Non-Binary Officer, Alex Griffin 
    Read Alex’s update for February 2023 here.
    Find out more.
     
  • Transgender and Non-Binary Support Society 
    The Transgender and Non-Binary Support Society (TANBS) aim to provide a safe and comfortable space for transgender, non-binary and gender questioning students, as well as allies to the community to meet and connect. 
    Find out more and join the society here. 
     
  • University of Plymouth Student Services 
    The University of Plymouth’s Student Hub exists to help you get the most out of your time at University. The Hub can support with non-academic student queries and no issue is too big or too small for their friendly, confidential and impartial team. 
    Find out more or access support here.
     
  • UoP LGBT + Mental Health Wellbeing Group 
    This is a chance for all LGBTQ+ students, or those with initial questions about sexuality or gender identity, to gather online via Zoom and address some of the specific issues that are impacting on their wellbeing and to feel heard. 
    Find out more here.
     
  • Queer District Collective 
    QDC’s mission is to develop Bretonside as Plymouth’s Queer District, with the aim of creating a sober LGBTQ+ hub for both the queer community and its heritage. 
    Find out more here.
     
  • The Old Queeriosity Shop 
    An independent LGBT bookshop based in Plymouth. 
    Find out more here.
     
  • Not Alone Plymouth 
    Not Alone provides support and advice for transgender and non-binary people in Plymouth. It has been set up to provide a safe place for sharing thoughts and feelings for those who need it. 
    Find out more here.
     
  • Pride in Plymouth 
    A Community Trust that unites people to celebrate, promote and support the diversity that exists in the LGBTQ+ communities in Plymouth. 
    Find out more here.
     

 

 


 



 
The following groups, local businesses, organisations and support services were also invited but were unfortunately unable to attend on the day but you can find out more information about them and what they offer below. 
 

  • LGBT+ Society
    The LGBT+ Society is dedicated to not only supporting and representing University of Plymouth students who are part of the LGBT+ community, but to empower them to be themselves, and to be proud.  
    Find out more and join the society here.
      
  • Plymouth Feminist Society 
    The Plymouth Feminist society is a student-led collective of diverse feminists dedicated to the liberation of women and misogyny-affected people. The society welcomes all, regardless of gender, sex, race or political leaning and are trans-inclusive and sex worker inclusive. 
    Find out more and join the society here.
     
  • Chaos Collective 
    Get your tickets for Chaos Corner Drag Show in the SU on Friday 24th February here.
     
  • Plymouth Pride
    Celebrating the diversity that exists within the LGBTQ+ community of Plymouth.
    Find out more here.
     
  • The Swallow 
    Gay-friendly bar in the heart of Plymouth. 
    Find out more here.
     
  • Transparent Presence 
    A transgender and non-binary support group in Cornwall which aims to build confidence and wellbeing through coming together to provide guidance. 
    Find out more here.
     
  • Spectrum Choir 
    Spectrum is Devon’s first choir for LGBT+ people and their friends who enjoy singing. They are an inclusive community choir and the aim is to have fun together, to sing uplifting songs and to build and celebrate our community. 
    Find out more here.
     
  • Gay Outdoor Club Devon
    The Gay Outdoor Club is for everyone in the LGBTQI+ community who want to enjoy outdoor activities. The Devon Group generally walks once or twice per month and arrange a programme of social events throughout the year. 
    Find out more here.
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  • Plymouth Dolphins 
    The only gay and inclusive rugby team in Plymouth. Plymouth Dolphins RFC is committed to offering a safe environment, free of discrimination and prejudice, through the encouragement of diversity, equality and inclusion. 
    Find out more here. 
     
  • OMG Plymouth
    OMG are the UK’s busiest and biggest gay venues, with state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, buzzing atmosphere and great pricing.  
    Find out more here.
     
  • Gossip Plymouth
    Gossip is a fun, LGBTQ+ friendly bar with plenty of entertainment, including drag shows, open mic nights, quizzes and karaoke. 
    Find out more here.
      
  • Arts University Plymouth 
    Find out more here.
     
  • Devon and Cornwall Police 
    Find out more here.
     
  • Trans Pride South West 
    Trans Pride South West is an unincorporated association celebrating the diversity of transgender, non-binary, intersex and gender non-conforming individuals, and actively encouraging awareness, openness and interaction.
    Find out more here.

  


  

 
Want to find out more or get involved in LGBT+ History Month here at your Students’ Union? Check out the resources, LGBT+ icons and upcoming events here.