Freshers

CUSU LGBT+ is the main society for LGBT+ students at the University of Cambridge. We run both social events and political campaigns, and we help support the Cambridge LGBT+ community. Everyone who identifies broadly as LGBT+ is welcome – be that lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, asexual, aromantic, queer or other individuals. We do not police identities in any way, and attempt to be as welcoming and supportive as possible.

The best way to find out about us is to come meet us at the Freshers’ Fair, on Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd of October. We run a variety of events in Freshers’ weeks to get Freshers to meet us: pub crawl, freshers’ squash, bar socials, … We seek to provide a variety of events that anyone would feel comfortable attending: alcoholic and non-alcoholic, socials, crafts, discussions or talks. If you’re worried about coming on your own to any of our events, feel free to ask someone from the CUSU LGBT+ committee to help introduce you. You can message our President Ali Hyde or our Chair Cait Findlay on Messenger, or you can also send an email to lgbt@cusu.cam.ac.uk.

The definitive CUSU LGBT+ termcard will be released later in September; in the meantime, you can follow our activities and events through our social media:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lgbtcusu/
Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2202197406/ (we also have a secret Facebook group for people who aren’t publicly out yet – please message Ali Hyde (CUSU LGBT+ President) on Facebook to be added)
Twitter: https://twitter.com/cusulgbt
Mailing list: https://lists.cam.ac.uk/mailman/listinfo/cusu-lgbt-listings
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cusulgbtplusofficial/

We also run an LGBT+ parenting scheme, pairing Freshers (and anyone else who’s never been involved with the LGBT+ community) to parents who have been involved in LGBT+ life at Cambridge. This is a great occasion to have a small-scale and friendly introduction to the Cambridge LGBT+ community, as well as have a support network. If you want to sign up, please use one of the following forms: Children or Parents.

Finally, we do realise that not every student coming to Cambridge as a Fresher will have come out, or will feel comfortable with their sexuality – that is entirely fine! University is a great place for LGBT+ students to gain independence and live more freely, but it can also feel like a daunting environment with social expectations about what it means to be LGBT+. We want you to know that CUSU LGBT+ is here to help you feel comfortable in Cambridge – you can always message our Welfare Officer Sophia Andrews asking for support, or use our contact form. Regardless of when you come out, how old you are and how little you’ve been involved in the past, CUSU LGBT+ will always be happy to welcome you.