2017/03 March - LGBTQ+ Society

CONGRATULATIONS to LGBTQ+ Society for winning Society of the Month for March. Here's what they had to say about the event they ran that bagged them the award.

#1 What was the objective of your event?

All of February was LGBTQ+ History month and so we wanted to run events all throughout the month remembering and honouring LGBTQ+ History. Of the many events that we held, the five shown here are:

Sports Day- In collaboration with Parklike

Murder Mystery Night

Bake Sale with RAG

Committee Meeting/History Month Round off

Guided Walk around Brighton

The objective of each event was to incorporate LGBTQ+ History into engaging events. This would allow members to learn about our communities past but in an engaging way, along with providing a safe space for members to ask questions and raise any questions/experiences.

#2 When did your event take place?

As mentioned, the events ran all throughout February. A calendar has been put up on the SU website with all of the specific dates.

#3 Where did your event take place?

Guided walk- Around Brighton itself, pointing out historical LGBTQ+ Places and venues

Sports Day- Cockroft Hall

Murder Mystery- Falmer Campus @ The Hive

Bake Sale- Moulsecoombe SU

Committee Meeting/Round Off- Watts Building

#4 How many people came?

Participation varied with each event. For example, 30 people came to the Murder Mystery whereas around 10 came to the guided walk.

Sports Day- 20+

Guided Walk- 10 (Roughly)

Murder Mystery- 30

Bake Sale- Hard to say (Between 25-35?)

Committee Meeting/Round Off- 15+

#5 How did the attendees participate?

Sports Day- In collaboration with Parklife, we set up numerous sporting events around Cockroft hall. We started with different stations where people paired up and competed for the highest score. Next, we all split up into teams and played classic primary school style games such as the egg and spoon race, sack race etc. and then we rounded off the evening with UV dodgeball.

Guided Walk- Members were taken on a tour around Brighton, being informed of Historical LGBTQ+ Places and venues. Attendees were allowed to ask questions at any point.

Bake Sale- Attendees helped set up and sell products.

Committee Meeting/Round Off- We reflected on the month, raising what was good about the month and what could have been improved. We also discussed the upcoming month and checked in with the society members.

Murder Mystery- The Hive was turned into a giant cludeo board, with members being assigned a historical LGBTQ+ Person complete with costume and character profile. Attendees threw a giant dice around the Hive and essentially played Cluedo.

#6 What did you learn?

Myself and members learnt about numerous historical people in LGBTQ+ History. We ran a daily social media campaign highlighting LGBTQ+ Figures and bios were given at the Murder mystery night to give background to the characters. With the guided walk, attendees learnt about Brighton's LGBTQ+ History and where the venues are located.

#7 How does your event benefit students?

The events we ran benefitted students as they provided students, LGBTQ+ or not, with an opportunity to learn about the community and it's history. Our events encouraged engagement with all types of students, allowing them to come together to learn, participate and support each other. Our events also provided a safe space for students to raise any problems they are having and to release any stress that they may be experiencing, uni related or otherwise.