#ExecUpdate - Leeds Pride 2018

Thursday 26-07-2018 - 09:37

On the 5 August, Pride is coming to Leeds once again, and Leeds Beckett SU are marching along with the university. We want you to come and join us, and march for LGBT+ rights. 

The first pride was a protest against injustice and harassment. Whilst hard won progress has been made over the last half century, there is still a lot of work to do to achieve equality for those who identify as LGBT+. 

Globally, there are still 72 countries where homosexual relationships are illegal, with 8 countries imposing a death penalty. Nationally, nearly half of trans people are not living permanently in their preferred gender role out of fear it might threaten their employment status. LGBT+ people seeking asylum are routinely asked to prove their sexuality in humiliating and derogatory ways*, and in the last four years there has been 80% increase in violence against LGBT+ people.

Because of this Pride cannot simply be a celebration of what has been achieved so far, it must also be a protest against the violence, fear, and injustice that LGBT+ people still find themselves subjected to around the world.
The job of a University and Students’ Union is to not only educate, but empower people to fight for this change towards a more equal society. That is why we take part in Pride and insist that it is still a protest. 

We want you to march with us, whether you’re an LGBT+ student, or just proud to be an ally, everyone is welcome. 

Pride is a Protest, come join LBSU as we protest these injustices. 

- Ro (VP Equality & Dievrsity) 


* https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/gay-prove-it-then-have-you-read-any-oscar-wilde-judges-accused-of-asking-lesbian-asylum-seekers-8558599.html


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