Pride event at Stratford College is so much more than a plus - The Stratford Observer

Pride event at Stratford College is so much more than a plus

A NEW Pride group at Stratford College has been celebrating LGBT+ History month.

The group, the first of its kind at the college, began in September and meets every Wednesday on campus.

Members take part in events and activities throughout the year.

The group is facilitated by student enrichment officer Sam Bansel, who commented: “We wanted a way to educate others on the different sexualities, gender identities and general terms that can relate to the ‘plus’ as this community can encompass so many people.”

The event took place in the college’s reception area and the Pride group interacted with students and staff passing through.

Though LGBT+ history month celebrates all elements of the LGBT+ community, the students decided to narrow their focus to the plus element.

The group spoke to people about what sexualities and gender identities they had heard of and to write them on a plus shaped piece of paper. The group also handed out cards with a definition written on it that people could take away with them and learn.

Group member Annie Ireland thought the event was really useful: “I think it’s really important to raise awareness. Especially after lockdowns where people were alone figuring out who they are. It’s also the awareness that it is people we are talking about, not just a subject.”

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