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)