The Cambridge SU LGBT+ committee are elected for year-long terms, with half the roles being elected in late November (end of Michaelmas term), and the other half in late February (end of Lent term). The current committee is listed below.
Presidents – Elia (Undergrad President) and Liam (Postgrad President)
Hey lovely people!!! I’m Elia (they/them), a second year Natural Scientist, and I’m the UG President of the SU LGBT+ Campaign. Along with Liam, our wonderful PG President, I’ll represent your views to the SU Council and the Exec, and help deal with any political (and admin) issues that arise.
My goals this year include helping to increase engagement, keeping in regular contact with college LGBT+ officers, and working with the other SU campaigns to ensure the welfare and safety of our community.
If you have any questions or anything you’d like to talk about, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!!!
Image description: Elia, a Black non-binary person, is stood outside the door of a library. They have short, dark brown hair. They are wearing glasses, and a purple and white shirt layered over a black top. They are smiling at the camera.
Hi, I’m Liam (He/Him), and I’m the PG President of the LGBT+ Campaign. I’m an MPhil student at Trinity Hall studying BioMed. My role on the committee involve working alongside Elia, our UG President, to help with both the political and admin sides of the campaign. Alongside the LGBT+ committee, we sit on the Cambridge SU exec and attend Cambridge SU council to represent our constituents. Please do feel free to get in touch with any questions or queries, you can either email me, or contact us via the Facebook page.
Image description: Liam is standing indoors smiling at the camera. He has dark hair and eyes and is wearing a black T-shirt.
Chair – Daniel Quigley
Hi, I’m Daniel (he/him), second year music student at Magdalene, and I’m delighted to be the Chair of the LGBT+ Campaign. I’m excited to work with the other committee members and Cambridge SU to make this committee work better for our members, especially working with and supporting our members at a distance. I would love to be an open and friendly point of contact for everyone that interacts with our campaign, so please feel free to contact me if you have anything that the committee can help you with.
Image description: Daniel is smiling. He is wearing a pink jumper and standing in a wooded area.
Events Officer – Matthew Cavallini
Hi! I’m Matthew, a second-year HSPS student at Selwyn and the events officer for Cambridge SU LGBT+. As the events officer, I am responsible for organising community-wide events and making sure that Cambridge’s LGBT+ students get the most out of their Cambridge experience with a mixture of exciting and inclusive events to attend. I will be making sure that Cambridge offers social events in a more relaxed setting as well as events for those who are passionate about queer culture. If you have any questions, suggestions or an event you would like help in organising, feel free to email me or find me on Facebook – I would love to speak with you and hear your ideas!
Image description: Matthew is standing outside in front of an archway of foliage, smiling with his arms together. He has blonde hair and blue eyes, and is wearing a baby blue t-shirt and beige shorts.
Campaigns Officers – Rowan Fox and Jamie Hancock
Hi! I’m Jamie (he/him, they/them), a 3rd year HSPS-er from Peterhouse and one of your campaigns officers! Alongside Rowan, I’m here to work for you on the campaigns and LGBT+ politics that matters most to you. We run both long-term ongoing campaigns and shorter projects – and we’d love for you to be involved! I’m passionate about making the campaign as open and accessible as possible. To help this, we’re running various events – such as frequent campaigns meetups – for discussions and organising. As an example of our ongoing campaigns, ‘Why Gender Neutral?’ has been running since Easter 2018. This campaign focuses on improving Cambridge for non-binary, trans and intersex people. It’s also a space for campaigning on trans issues, rights and politics more generally. If you have any ideas or questions please get in touch!
Welfare Officer – Louis
Heya! I’m Louis (he/him) and I’m the welfare officer!
Cambridge can be a very stressful place and its important to look after yourself both mentally and physically, so feel free to get involved in any of the events or drop in sessions we are running.
We’re always here to listen and offer support and advice where necessary, whether you want to get out of college for a while, you have specific LGBT+ welfare concerns, or you just want to have a rant. Always feel free to get in touch or come find us!
Image description: Louis is smiling and wearing a rainbow flag. He is crouching in front of a rainbow wall with the words “I love you more today than any other day…” printed on it.
Communications – Ben
Hi, I’m Ben (they/them) and I’m an MPhil Classicist at St John’s. I minute our meetings, send out the listings emails, and manage our social media channels. One of my aims this year is to build our presence on twitter and instagram and make sure the campaign reaches those who don’t use or aren’t “out” on facebook. Do sign up to the mailing list, and if you have an event you’d like the LGBT+ Campaign to publicise, please get in contact with me! I’m keen also to hear feedback about how we can make our communications more accessible.
Image description: Ben, a white transmasc, painting the set for Patience (2019) in the ADC workshop, with a paint roller and pale pink paint. They are wearing dark blue paint-spattered overalls. They have short, dark brown hair. They are grinning.
[Bio coming soon]
Asexual and Aromanticism Rep – Jenny Hay
Hi! I’m Jenny, a theology student at St Catharine’s, and your asexuality and aromanticism (aka ace/aro) rep.
I’ll do my best to ensure that every student in Cambridge who falls anywhere on the ace or aro spectra, or is questioning if they do, feels safe and welcome, and I plan to host lots of fun events throughout the year, including the now-legendary weekly coffee meets. I also seek to be a friendly face around the uni for any ace/aro students who want a chat and some solidarity.
When I’m not tearing my hair out over some cryptic Bible passage, I can generally be found bingeing on TV Tropes or trying to apply Jewish philosophy to Marvel films, with what can only be described as mixed results.
Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Rep
[Bio coming soon]
Women’s Rep – Sophie
Hi! I’m Sophie (she/her) and I’m your Women’s Rep! I study HSPS, Sociology, at Jesus and I’m really excited to be a part of CUSU LGBT+. I’m looking forward to running events for queer women in Cam such as crafting, coffee meets, and providing general support – I want to ensure our community is welcoming and inclusive! In my spare time, I love to craft, read, and do yoga! Feel free to pop me a message on anything from welfare to events x
Disabilities Rep – Alfie
Hi all, I’m Alfie (they/them), I’m an autistic 4th year MMLer (French and Portuguese) and when I’m not producing chaotic drag creations, obsessing over the nichest of linguistic hot takes or, though infrequent, actually doing my degree, I’m representing disabled LGBT+ students in Cambridge. This involves making sure their views are heard and considered in SU LGBT+ policy, e.g. making sure all our events are accessible as possible, supporting other officers to adhere to the Accessibility Pledge, providing intersectional welfare, running socials and solidarity events as well as liaising with the Disabled Students’ Campaign to make sure I’m doing my job as effectively as possible. Hit me up if you have any questions/concerns/fun language facts.
Image description: Alfie, a white Demiboy, getting hyped for Rainbow Ball 2018. They are wearing a hot pink suit jacket, trousers and tie with a black shirt, a masquerade ball mask, and faded pink hair. They are posing in front of the sign for Avery Court, Trinity Hall, with an archway and shrubbery in the background.
Magazine Editors – Rae & Maddy
Hi! I’m Rae (she/her), a first-year historian at Queens’, and one of the magazine editors. I’m really looking forward to bringing together and showcasing some LGBT+ art this year. In my spare time, I like to read and write, watch a lot of TV and hang out with my dog. Shoot me a message or an email if you have any questions about the magazine.
Hiya! I’m Maddy, she/her, the other of your zine editors this year! The importance of pride can never be underestimated – it’s not only crucial for our community but also for coming to understand ourselves. The zine is a space for you to engage with that pride, grapple with issues that are particular to queer identities, or say things that cannot be said elsewhere because of discrimination or prejudice. It is your space.Make sure to keep up to date with the Get Real. website and facebook page, and if you have any ideas for the zine or content you would like to publish then please do get in touch! And don’t be afraid to get creative 🙂
Bi and Pan Reps – Grace, Angela and Billie
Hi, I’m Grace (she/her) and I’m a second-year historian at Emmanuel! I’m one of your two bi/pan reps, and am excited to organise some events for the bi/pan community here at Cam, and to be a friendly face to anyone who needs it.
I really hope everyone will feel welcome at our events and in our community, so please feel free to send any questions or concerns my way at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Image description: Grace is looking into the camera and smiling. Grace is sitting on a bench in bright sunlight, and there is an oleander bush in the background.
Hey! I’m Angela (she/her) and I’m a first year Classicist at Clare. I’m one of your bi/pan reps and alongside Grace, I’ll be running movie nights, welfare teas, coffee mornings, and other exciting events for anyone who identifies and bi or pan! I’m keen to engage with and provide safe spaces for bi/pan students, and ensure that we have the support and encouragement we need to thrive here. I’m excited to continue to cultivate our warm and vibrant community, and I’m always down to listen to anything you have to say – please get in touch if you have any questions, ideas, or concerns (or just want to have a chat!) x
Billie [they/them] is a 3rd-year History and French student at Selwyn College, currently on their Year Abroad. They may be separated from Cambridge by an ocean, but that doesn’t stop them from being as active as ever in LGBTQ+ life at Cambridge. When they’re not teaching children English or doing questionable things with makeup, they’re working hard to give the bi and pan community at Cambridge the voice it deserves.
Trans and Non-Binary Reps – Milo and Frankie
Hi, I’m Milo (they/he) and I’m a third year physicist at Newnham. I am one of the two trans and non-binary reps. I run events for the trans and non-binary students of Cambridge, and also provide support. I also work with Campaigns to make the university a more welcoming place for trans and non-binary people. If you have any questions, event suggestions, or just need a chat I am available on Facebook or by email.
Image description: Milo, a twenty year old white non-binary person. They are standing outside in some gardens, with their arms folded across their chest. He has short, spiky brown hair and wears glasses, and is smiling with his eyes closed, looking content. They are wearing a jumper with thick horizontal stripes in white, black and grey, and black jeans.
Hi, I’m Frankie (he/they), a second-year HSPS student at Clare. I’m one of the trans and non-binary reps and my role is to provide welfare and community for trans students in Cambridge, as well as campaign for rights and awareness in colleges and across the uni. Trans officers work closely with the ‘Why Gender Neutral?’ campaign and WomCam to improve trans inclusion in Cambridge. If you ever have questions, ideas, or just want a chat, I am always around and can be contacted on email or Facebook.
Image description: Frankie, a white trans masculine person, smiles at the camera. They have blond short, windswept hair and glasses. He is wearing a black sweater and brown grandad-like jacket. He stands on a vast field surrounded by blue sky and the town fair in the background.
Grad and Mature Students Reps – Debbie Aitken
Hi, I’m Debbie (she/her) and I am a final year PhD student and the LGBT+ Grad & Mature Students’ Rep for this year. Like many part-time PhD students, I currently work full-time outside of Cambridge (I am a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at Edinburgh University) however I come to Cambridge every 4-6 weeks to see my supervisor. In my free time, I like to run (slowly!) with Edinburgh Frontrunners (LGBT+ running club), read fiction, drink coffee, eat cake and do yoga. I’m also the Cambridge SU Mature Students’ Officer and I also run the Cambridge University Medical Anthropology Society.
My main role as Grad Rep is to represent and support LGBT+ students who are graduates or who are (or self-identify as) mature students. I also organise social events for LGBT+ grad and mature students, but if you want to suggest events, or want help publicising your own events, you can email me, or message me on Facebook. Feel free to join our Facebook group for updates on LGBT+ Grad and Mature Student Socials.
Image description: Debbie, a white woman with dark hair (slightly highlighted!), wearing a very thick khaki-coloured winter coat with a fleecy hood because it’s always cold where she lives in Scotland.
Class Act Rep – Tom McGachie
Hi! I’m Tom, a 2nd Year student at Trinity studying French, Russian and Modern Greek. I’m your new Class Act Officer for CUSU LGBT+.
My role is all about representing the voices of LGBT+ students who also identify with one or multiple of the Class Act backgrounds, such as state-comp educated, first generation university students, or working class. I’m really looking forward to working alongside the other reps to create a space that makes you feel welcome and heard, as well as providing the opportunity to discuss any issues you might have that relate to your background.
Watch out for news and events that I will be organising over the course of the year, and I hope to see you very soon––see me around town? Feel free to come say ‘Hi!’
and introduce yourself!
Image description: Tom is smiling and looking in to the camera and wearing a white hoodie and grey and black coat. The background is some trees and blue sky
The LGBT+ Campaign is a great organisation to get involved in: there is a lot going on from socials to campaign work. You’re welcome to help out organising socials or suggesting and helping with campaigns without holding a position. But if you’re keen to be involved in the LGBT+ Campaign you might want to stand for a committee position. This allows you to be involved in running and shaping the Campaign as well as looking great on your CV.
The committee meets once a week during term time, generally on Saturday afternoons, and the range of positions available means you have lots of choice as to how to get involved. Depending on the time of year you will either stand for election in an open meeting or can be co-opted to vacant positions by either the committee or an open meeting. Feel free to contact the Chair for more information.